Long Island NY Municipalities Launch Pilot Partnership Using Fabco Products

The Incorporated Village of Patchogue and the Town of Brookhaven located in Suffolk County, Long Island announced details of an innovative stormwater partnership project on May 29th 2014. The two-year pilot program will utilize Fabco Industries Stormbasin™ catch basin filter inserts in town-owned basins with a direct discharge to tributaries draining into the Great South Bay segment of the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve. The basins are located within close proximity to the village boundaries, and will be maintained and monitored by the Village of Patchogue during the duration of the program. Data collected 

IMG_0551will be shared with the Town and will be provided to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a minimum control measure best management practice consistent with the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) general permit conditions.

The Fabco Stormbasin™ filters will capture a variety of pollutants from stormwater runoff including floatable debris, contaminated sediments, hydrocarbons, and bacteria that would otherwise discharge directly to the streams and Bay with every precipitation event.   Three priority Great South Bay tributaries have been targeted for the project including Corey Creek, Tuthills Creek, and the Swan River.

The Stormbasin™ filters are a proprietary product of Fabco Industries, who worked in partnership with the Village and Town to develop and initiate the pilot project.

“We are confident that this partnership will clearly illustrate the effectiveness of applying proprietary stormwater filtration techniques in a watershed based and targeted manner to improve water quality in the south shore estuarine environment and throughout our beautiful coastal region” said Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator.

Palram StormSafe™ Installation

Fabco staff recently traveled to observe the installation of six Stormsafe™ filter cartridge vaults for a customer at a project site located near Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Fabco worked with Exeter Supply Company (Reading, PA) and Liberty Engineering, Inc. (Allentown, PA) to complete the project.

The customer was in need of a state-of-the-art stormwater filtration system to satisfy the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) requirements for post construction stormwater management. Utilizing Fabco’s filtration expertise, we devised a design that incorporates both stormwater detention and infiltration solutions – a “treatment train” approach for managing stormwater. A treatment train commonly involves the use of a variety of designs and stormwater treatment systems, which are StormsafePic2connected together to provide the most effective removal of pollutants and to efficiently return stormwater to the natural hydrologic system or for harvesting.

The Stormsafe™ cartridge vault is an excellent example of Fabco’s design innovation. The same cartridges that are utilized in our StormBasin™ catch basin filter inserts for decentralized stormwater treatment can also be used in an “end of pipe” or centralized vault design. Contained inside of the concrete, multi-chamber vaults are multiple filter cartridges that reduce concentrations of targeted stormwater pollutants. As stormwater enters the vault, the heaviest pollutants including large sediments and gross debris/litter are removed and the water is passed through the filter cartridges to remove targeted soluble pollutants including hydrocarbons, metals and sediments in suspension. Once treated, the stormwater can then be infiltrated into the ground on site or reused as a best management practice that is consistent with the objectives of green infrastructure design.

Bringing Biofiltration into the Mix

By Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator

88Fabco recently entered into an agreement to distribute an innovative product known as Focal Point that utilizes biofiltration as an effective means to remove pollutants from stormwater while being consistent with the objectives of Green Infrastructure (GI) design.  Frequently on the jobsite, the engineering challenge is combining effective pollutant removal with high flow rates in a confined space. The Focal Point biofiltration system  is designed to do just that.

The growing application of GI strategies for stormwater management has provided an important catalyst for the evolution of successful biofiltration techniques.  Current GI strategies prioritize keeping stormwater runoff out of piped conveyance systems which outfall directly to surface waters or are part of a combined (sanitary wastewater and stormwater) system. These combined systems can chronically overflow creating combined sewer overflows (CSO) when excessive stormwater volume enters the system in a short period of time.   Removal of priority stormwater pollutants through pre-filtration techniques has historically been a secondary priority when addressing CSO’s.

The advent of “engineered” soil media for filtration purposes combined with high infiltration rates allows for greater flexibility when designing projects to both retain stormwater on site and to reduce CSO’s while effectively removing stormwater pollutants prior to infiltration or water harvesting.   Going a step further, the use of manufactured filtration devices such as catch basin filter inserts can be combined with biofiltration systems to insure that the most effective filtration of stormwater is achieved. This “treatment train” approach, is representative of the evolution of stormwater management strategies and Fabco is proud to be a part of it.