Jackson Square Massachusetts Project

Written By Scott Gorneau

Sketch View of Jackson Square Station Looking South Source: Jackson Square Notification Form
Sketch View of Jackson Square Station

Jackson Square Partners, a collaboration of three community based non-profit organizations created a mixed-use development based on a comprehensive planning effort aimed at creating a balanced community. The LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot project, which earned a Silver Certified Plan rating, includes development of three lots around the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Jackson Square station.   Nitsch Engineering of Boston, MA provided survey, civil and transportation engineering services for the project that included stormwater infrastructure.   Being within the jurisdiction of the Boston Sewer and Water Commission, EPA and Charles River Watershed Association, a targeted effort of meeting stringent nutrient (phosphorus) reduction goals was made, and as such the Engineer of Record specified that a Level 2 evaluated filter per the MaSTEP stormwater BMP database be utilized on the project.

FABCO Industries engineering team worked with the site contractor, Terratec Construction, of Marlborough, MA, to evaluate the project specifications and obtain approvals for a treatment system that included a 14 cartridge HydroSystem filter housed in a precast concrete vault.   With approvals in hand, the system was installed in the Winter of 2014 and will be commissioned later this year.

More information about the FABCO HydroSystem Filter (an exclusively distributed product from Jensen Precast in California) can be obtained by contacting FABCO Industries at +1 631-393-6024.



Long Island Sound Watershed Communities Install Fabco StormSacks™

Written By Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator IMG_1063 The Long Island Sound (LIS) with watershed drainage from a large portion of New England was designated an “estuary of national significance” in 1987 by the US EPA and was one of the first estuaries to be included in the National Estuary Program.  Since that time, a variety of policy efforts to improve water quality in the LIS region have been undertaken consistent with recommendations of the Long Island Sound Study.  Until recent years, practical actions to reduce polluted runoff in the LIS watershed have been a lower priority.  Fortunately, that is changing due to the measurable negative impacts of polluted stormwater on water quality from urban and ultra urban landscapes and a growing resolve by LIS protection advocates including local governments, environmental engineering firms and community organizations to attack the problem with practical solutions. One good example of this resolve is where Fabco StormSack catch basin filter inserts were installed in recent projects by the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Scarsdale in Westchester County, NY. Both municipalities are located in LIS drainage watershed and have been leaders in addressing the problems of polluted stormwater.  Fabco’s filter inserts were installed in an initiative to reduce sediment loadings, hydrocarbons and floatable marine debris/ trash from impervious surfaces such as roads and parking areas which drain directly to priority watersheds and tributaries of the LIS. Both projects were partially supported by the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) grant program administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Major funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Long Island Sound Study, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Fabco is pleased to partner with these stakeholders in providing evolved stormwater filtration solutions that are flexible, cost effective and can be implemented quickly.

Fabco Connector Pipe Screen Approved For Use in CA Public Works Projects

Fabco Industries, Inc’s Connector Pipe Screen (CPS) product has been approved for use in public works projects in the county of Los Angeles including coastal communities such as Santa Monica, Marina del Ray and Long Beach by the Los Angeles Department of Public Los_Angeles_County_Department_of_Public_Works_sealWorks (LADPW). Fabco’s CPS device met the criteria laid out by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board and will be in the running for major storm water filtration projects in the future. The company is hopeful that their version of the CPS will become the preferred trash best management practice (BMP) for California coastal communities and other regional markets.

The CPS termed a full capture device was developed for the California market. Its main function is to capture trash that is transported along with stormwater from the streets, through drains, and ultimately out into waterways and beaches. Its’ vertical stainless screen with 5 mm openings is installed inside a typical catch basin drain directly upstream of the connector pipe in such a manner that all the water and trash entering the catch OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbasin must pass through the screening device.

Fabco’s design is based on the general specifications detailed by the County of Los Angeles during their certification process. A vertical opening is provided around the upper perimeter of the screen to allow stormwater to bypass in the event of a large storm or if the screen becomes clogged. Manufactured from 14 gauge, 304-stainless steel sheets, Fabco’s CPS devices are designed  to have a flow capacity greater than the estimated flow rate of the area.

By meeting all of these criteria and more, Fabco has solidified itself as a top prospect for future LADPW catch basin projects.

StormSafe™ Cartridge Vaults to be Installed in Marion, MA Infrastructure Improvement

John Rocchio Corporation of Smithfield, RI will be installing a 40 cartridge StormSafe™ Treatment System manufactured by FABCO Industries, Inc., in the Town of Marion, MA.   The installation is part of a 10 year, multi-phase infrastructure improvement project that is projected to cost the town $5.2 million.   The project is taking aim at replacing outdated and deteriorating sewer pipes, drainage systems, roadways, and sidewalks that not only are an eye sore, but also have been the cause of some environmental issues.  As a result of these problems, namely the sewer pipes and drainage systems, there is an abundance of polluted stormwater being discharged into the local harbor.

FABCO worked with the Town Engineer, CDM Smith of Providence, RI to determine the most effective means of stormwater filtration for the storm sewershed of Ryder Lane. marionsealRelative to other filtering systems, the StormSafe™ is designed to provide a highly effective treatment solution within a small footprint, which matches the needs presented by the Town Engineer as they worked with predetermined space limitations.  By utilizing the same proven filter technology as the StormBasin™ product line, a Massachusetts Stormwater Technology Evaluation Project (MaSTEP) listed technology; the StormSafe™ can reduce concentrations of targeted stormwater pollutants, and allows for flexibility in design.  Both of these factors being of utmost importance to this project solidified the decision to include StormSafe™ within the project specifications.   Additionally, commitment to long-term success was shown within the specifications that resulted in the FABCO supplying 3-years’ worth of cartridges to the Town of Marion Department of Public Works.   More information about FABCOs innovative technologies can be found at www.fabco-industries.com.