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.

Berks County, PA Tests Fabco’s StormBasin™

By Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator

In cooperation with the Berks County Pennsylvania Conservation District (BCCD), Fabco and Exeter Supply Company, its Eastern PA product distribution partner, installed a StormBasin™ Filter Cartridge Catch Basin Insert to demonstrate its operation and maintenance as a decentralized stormwater retrofit best management practice (BMP2:18email).

In February 2013, a 2-cartridge StormBasin™ was installed into a drop inlet catch basin in the parking area of the conservation district’s offices in Leesport, PA as a component of the district’s innovative effort to develop and maintain a stormwater BMP interpretive trail. The trail was developed to educate visitors about stormwater management, non-point source pollution and BMP strategies for reducing water pollution that can be implemented at home, at work, or in the community.

After observing the installation process, the BCCD staff monitored the function of the StormBasin™ under different seasons, climates and types of precipitation events. The BCCD later facilitated a maintenance demonstration with Fabco and Exeter during a Stormwater Retrofit Training Session for stormwater managers and engineering consultants led by the non-profit Center for Watershed Protection (http://www.cwp.org/) in October 2013.

The StormBasin™ maintenance demonstration (Click Here for video) included removing collected sediments, floatables and debris from the insert using vactor equipment, changing the filter cartridges, and estimating the amount of material captured by the 

2:18email-2insert and filters over a 9 month time period utilizing a weight scale. Fabco generally recommends biannual clean out of inserts and an annual change of filter cartridges. The StormBasin™ was observed to have functioned as designed during the demonstration period and there were no reported issues with flow even during high volume precipitation events due to its hooded bypass design.  A number of maintenance demonstration observers noted the amount of stormwater pollutants that were captured by the insert and filter cartridges in just 9 months while others commented on the speed of cleaning out the insert using vacuum equipment and replacement of filter cartridges.

Fabco applauds the BCCD (http://berkscd.com/) for taking the initiative to demonstrate various stormwater management practices in the field through its BMP interpretive trail and to provide increased educational opportunities for communities to learn about innovative stormwater practices.78

Delaware River Basin Commission Water Resources 2013 Progress Report

By Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator

Fabco is proud that the use of its StormSack catch basin filter insert was recently highlighted in the 2013 progress report for the Water Resources Plan for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).   The DRBC was established in 1961 to manage and protect the water resources of the Delaware River watershed basin and is represented by the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey as well as the Federal Government (DRBC Website).   The DRBC water resources plan is a 30-year goal-based framework adopted in 2004 that will serve as a guide for all governmental and non-governmental stakeholders whose actions affect water resources in the Delaware River Basin.
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The Upper Delaware National Recreation Area managed by National Park Service (NPS) was seeking an effective, low maintenance and easily installed filtration system with minimum investment for some of its facilities with stormwater drainage to the River including the NPS headquarters in Beach Lake, PA and the Delaware Aqueduct Roebling Bridge NPS Historic site at Lackawaxen, PA.   After investigating filtration options, the NPS chose Fabco’s StormSack to prevent stormwater pollutants including sediments, gross debris, and hydrocarbons from entering the River at these NPS managed facilities.

The StormSack installation process was demonstrated by Fabco in September 2012 and was observed by a variety of public and private stakeholders, including other NPS site managers, river conservation groups, and local news media.  Subsequently, the Steamtown NPS National Historic Site decided to install the Fabco StormBasin catch basin insert at its maintenance facility at Scranton, PA.

Fabco applauds the NPS and the DRBC for their initiative and demonstration of how better to protect water resources through the targeted use of catch basin filter inserts as an effective best management practice for stormwater.  Fabco looks forward to reporting on additional applications of this stormwater best management practice (2013 Water Resources Plan Progress Report).

Rosamond Gifford Zoo Storm Water Project

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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo Storm Water Wetland and Cistern Project has been named a top project of 2013 by Storm Water Solutions! Fabco Industries has proudly contributed to this project by supplying its heavy duty StormSack design for the purposes of pretreating storm water prior to collection and reuse. The project is expected to capture close to 1.7 million gallons of runoff annually. Its goal is to reduce storm water runoff at the zoo, and improve water by reducing sewer overflows. Since its completion in September 2013, the project has been able to capture storm water and keep it out of the sewer system, as well as reduce the zoo’s sewer use fees. Fabco’s StormSack has helped turn the Rosamond Gifford Zoo into an ideal green infrastructure model. Read below to see what Storm Water Solutions Magazine had to say about the project.
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“The Rosamond Gifford Zoo Stormwater Wetland and Cistern Project is a part of the zoo’s Save the Rain Program. The project aimed to reduce storm water runoff at the zoo and improve water quality by reducing combined sewer overflows.

A new storm water wetland was installed and an open streambed was constructed to allow storm water from the wetland to flow into the swan and duck ponds. The wetland system captures storm water and recirculates it through the waterfowl areas. The wetland plants are used to naturally treat the water as it circulates through the system. Once the flow reaches the duck pond, it returns to the storm water wetland via a pumping system. This recirculation system greatly reduces use of potable water at the zoo, while simplifying and reducing the frequency of maintenance within the duck pond.
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The other component of the project is a cistern system, which receives storm water from the bear exhibit and adjacent pathways. The water in the cistern is pumped into a newly constructed streambed between two existing ponds in the exhibit. The storm water will flow continuously within the recirculation, capturing storm water runoff and reducing the zoo’s dependence on potable water.

The project was constructed during the summer months while the zoo was fully operational; therefore, coordination with zoo management was essential to accommodate zoo patrons and reduce disruption to the surrounding exhibits. Coordination with the zoo team, inspectors and contractors resulted in a safe, well-built project.
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Since its completion in September 2013, the project has been able to capture storm water and keep it out of the sewer system, as well as reduce the zoo’s sewer use fees. It is projected that approximately 1.7 million gal of runoff will be captured annually.”

New Website Launched

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