States Adopt Sustainable Approaches
Grafton, OH - June 7, 2012 - Evolving U.S. EPA regulations such as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs) have prompted States to re-examine their Erosion Control Manuals. Currently most states are revising their manuals to include higher performing, more sustainable practices for stormwater management.
Vermont Department of Transportation recently approved compost filter socks for perimeter control, inlet protection, check dam, and slope interruption and has given it preference for areas where staking is difficult or not an option. Also granting approval recently were the DOTs from California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia; as well as the Department of Environment in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
Compost-based BMPs present a more sustainable option for managing stormwater, as compared to silt fence or other sediment control barriers: The compost FilterMedia(tm) is locally sourced. Land disturbance and waste are minimal. Most importantly they are very effective in removing sediment and harmful pollutants prior to stormwater entering our waterways.
In many cases, the shift toward more sustainable BMPs is being led at the regional or municipal level. In San Diego where urban pollutants have been particularly problematic, they are using a watershed approach that applies to MS4 permit-holders across three counties. It gives local governments greater choice on how to combat pollution, but also makes them more accountable.
"This is a preview of the trends that will be occurring across the country in the years ahead," said Dr. Craig Kolodge, Filtrexx Western Region Representative. "Typically California leads the nation in tough environmental laws. Filtrexx is poised to offer cost-effective solutions to meet these new challenges."
The City of Atlanta recently updated its Post-Development Stormwater Management Ordinance<http://library.municode.com/HTML/10376/level3/PTIICOORENOR_CH74EN_ARTXPODESTMA.html#TOPTITLE> to promote the use of Green Infrastructure on new and redevelopment projects in the City. Green infrastructure uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls. Green infrastructure provides not only stormwater management, but also flood mitigation, air quality management, and much more.
"We're seeing an increase in the use of Filtrexx EnviroSoxx for improving post-construction water quality," said Dr. Britt Faucette, Director of Research for Filtrexx International. "Post-construction water quality is under increased scrutiny nationwide, particularly among industrial and MS4 stormwater permit-holders. In many cases these permit holders face increased compliance challenges because they need to control for a variety of pollutants, and these pollutants are typically not visible to the human eye-unlike sedimentation on a construction site. Our technology provides a high performance, easy to use, and low cost option for these permit-holders."
Filtrexx will host a free webinar on the topic of Low Impact Development for Post-construction Water Quality Treatment on June 18. The webinar will cover the latest research and how to design and implement Filtrexx EnviroSoxx products to reduce urban and post-construction storm water pollutants. To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8745100219101541888
About Filtrexx International, LLC
Filtrexx is a proven green technology that can be used in over 100 applications for stormwater management. We use locally made, annually renewable, bio based, recycled compost and other organic products, contained by our USA manufactured mesh containment system to create patented products used around the world. This all-natural Filtrexx system is currently in 8 countries, every state and province in North America, and available to you direct or via trained and Certified Installers.