Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Yale Environmental Film Festival in New Haven - April 6-11, 2010

Cool!  It looks like there is something for everyone!  Maybe we will see you there.

Here is the link so you can see dates/times and see what is playing.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Enter to win the 2010 ConocoPhillips Energy Prize - win cash for your ideas

A while ago we attended a meeting on energy conservation that was hosted by Conoco Phillips.  We have been on their mailing list ever since.  They have announced an opportunity to enter the 2010 ConocoPhillips Energy Prize.  If your ideas are good enough, win a cash prize!  Below are the details:

Because of your involvement in creating a dialogue about ways we can work together to solve our energy challenges, we thought you’d be interested to know more about the 2010 ConocoPhillips Energy Prize sponsored by ConocoPhillips and Penn State. The program, now in its third year, will award up to $300,000 for the best concepts that promote advances in energy diversity, improve energy efficiency, or combat climate change.
The ConocoPhillips Energy Prize will accept entries through May 21 and is open to all U.S. residents who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Entrants must submit a comprehensive proposal via the Internet at or by mail.
We hope you will let your friends and colleagues know about the ConocoPhillips Energy Prize by encouraging them to visit It is our hope that by fostering innovation no matter where inspiration may strike, we can create a path to a more secure and environmentally conscious energy supply.  

Good Luck!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Improving stormwater quality in an existing parking structure with a hydrodynamic separator and only losing ONE parking space

Late last year we were contacted by a new client who was required to improve the stormwater at his site.  This would not be unusual except that his site was an existing parking structure.  He had researched and priced other systems, but they were too large, inefficient, difficult to maintain and ultimately would not work in his application.  In his quest for answers, this client was referred to us.

We were most interested in working on the project, but our hydrodynamic separators are manufactured with concrete.  As heavy structures, they are usually installed in the ground during the first phase of a project when it is no problem to lift the unit into place with a crane.   So.... what to do???

How about manufacturing the TerreKleen hydrodynamic separator out of marine grade aluminum?  A TerreKleen made from marine grade aluminum would not only:
  • improve the water quality in this parking structure
  • would be easy to maintain
  • would work efficiently
  • could be maneuvered into place by hand and 
  • would take up minimal space in the parking garage.  
So... last week after undergoing water-tightness testing, the TerreKleen was delivered.   This unit was light weight enough to be delivered by pick-up truck and unloaded by a few workers on-site.  It was moved in the garage on the pallet jack until the sprinkler heads started to hang too low.  Then, the TerreKleen was easily removed off the pallet and guided into place by hand.

Here is the TerreKleen in place - client was thrilled that they will lose only one parking space in their parking structure.  A very big deal in this urban area.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

EPA asks for public comment on what to do about significant pollution problems facing our waters

Upcoming EPA Conference Title:  Coming Together for Clean Water

EPA is looking to meet and discuss significant pollution problems facing our watersheds.  They have invited the public to comment on three topics prior to their meeting.
Topic 1: The Watershed Approach
Topic 2: Managing Pollutants from Nutrients
Topic 3: Stormwater Pollution

Here is the introduction what is posted on the EPA Blog:

Nearly 40 years ago, Congress passed a truly remarkable piece of legislation—the Clean Water Act. This document outlined sweeping commitments to restore and maintain the integrity of our nation’s waters, rid them of pollution, and make them safe for humans and wildlife alike.
For even longer, the Environmental Protection Agency has worked to fulfill these ambitious and important goals. Our efforts have made our water resources cleaner and safer in many ways, but new challenges arise everyday.  This April, Administrator Lisa Jackson and I are inviting 100 leaders in water issues to help us sharpen our thinking during a one-day event, Coming Together for Clean Water, on how we can meet these challenges.
Specifically, we’ll discuss what we can do about the most significant pollution problems facing our waters. These evolving issues pose complex challenges to restoring healthy watersheds and creating sustainable communities across the country.
These priorities are important to all of us, and cannot be achieved in one day. That’s why Administrator Jackson and I are asking you to participate in this discussion forum, which was designed around the questions we’ll tackle during the Coming Together for Clean Water conference. I encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences on these topics, so we can use them to inform our discussion.
Addressing water pollution is an enormous task that will take a variety of ideas and experiences. I thank you for helping us in this effort.
–Peter Silva
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water

Click here to go to the EPA website for more information and to leave a comment.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Storms to Sewers program - March 31st - Hope to see you there!

A Program on CT's New Programs for Clean Rivers, Open Beaches, and a
Healthy Long Island Sound

Promising new policies and innovative funding solutions for stormwater
management are floating to the surface-- and just in time.  Insufficiently
managed rainfall can wreak havoc by creating flooding, raw sewage
discharges, shellfish bed and beach closures, and contributing to low
oxygen levels in Western Long Island Sound. As older cities find increased
challenges in combined sewer overflow separation and municipalities
throughout Connecticut look to fund their compliance with the Clean Water
’s stormwater requirements, inventive solutions with increased job
potential are needed. Specific issues to be discussed include: stormwater
impacts, stormwater authorities, green infrastructure, and the CT Clean
Water Fund.

Presented by
Leah L. Schmalz, Director
Legislative and Legal Affairs
Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment
These stormwater forums are provided, in significant part, by support from
the Fairfield County Community Foundation

When:  Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Time:  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where:  Bruce Museum
100 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT

This program is presented free of charge to public.
It is being co-sponsored by the Town of Greenwich Conservation and Planning
and Zoning Commissions, and the Bruce Museum.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Stormwater newsletter "The Buzz"

We have posted our most recent issue of "The Buzz" - our storm water newsletter on our website. Click here to check it out.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Stormwater - News of the weird

Just read this on slashdot - stormwater news of the weird - here is the link for Slashdot

"The LA Times reports that Orange County officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for replacing the grass on their lawn with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants, reducing their water usage from 299,221 gallons in 2007 to 58,348 gallons in 2009. The dispute began two years ago, when Quan and Angelina Ha tore out the grass in their front yard. In drought-plagued Southern California, the couple said, the lush grass had been soaking up tens of thousands of gallons of water — and hundreds of dollars — each year. 'We've got a newborn, so we want to start worrying about her future,' said Quan Ha, an information technology manager for Kelley Blue Book. But city officials told the Has they were violating several city laws that require that 40% of residential yards to be landscaped predominantly with live plants. Last summer, the couple tried to appease the city by building a fence around the yard and planting drought-tolerant greenery — lavender, rosemary, horsetail, and pittosporum, among others. But according to the city, their landscaping still did not comply with city standards. At the end of January, the Has received a letter saying they had been charged with a misdemeanor violation and must appear in court. The couple could face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for their grass-free, eco-friendly landscaping scheme. 'It's just funny that we pay our taxes to the city and the city is now prosecuting us with our own money,' says Quan Ha."

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stormwater: NJCAT verification comparison chart for hydrodynamic separators

We are pleased to announce that the TerreKleen hydrodynamic separator has been re-verified by NJCAT and re-certified by NJDEP to reflect 50% TSS removal at significantly higher flow rates!

Having gone through the NJCAT protocol, we are well versed in test methods, particle size distribution and thought it would be interesting to compare the hydrodynamic separators certified under the Tier 1 NJ Protocol. Click here to see the comparison chart which has been posted on our website.

Here is the link the NJDEP webpage for certified manufactured treatment devices.  Here is a direct link so you can see the TerreKleen certification letter.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Meet us at the NYS Conservation District Employee Training and Tradeshow

We hope you will meet us at the NYS Conservation District Training and Tradeshow.  We are going to be showing the TerreKleen hydrodynamic separator, the TerreBox - box culvert with patent pending water-tight seal and the TerreArch - storm water infiltration arches. 

Come visit us at the show

NYS Conservation District Employee Training and Tradeshow
Binghamton, NY
March 9, 2010