Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown was officially opened in 1958 as a
training facility. It boasts an 1,100 square km training area, 1,500 km of
roads, 900 km of tracks, 740 buildings and some 6,000 military and civilian
personnel at the main base and lodger units across New Brunswick and PEI.
As such, CFB Gagetown is the second largest military base in Canada and
the largest military facility in Eastern Canada. The base provides employment
to approximately 4,500 military members and 1,500 civilians, contributing
in excess of 200 million dollars to the local economy and 500 million to the
provincial economy annually.
Base personnel operate numerous military vehicles daily, including wheeled
and tracked carriers, tanks, armored vehicles, and other equipment designed
to support the detection, investigation and disposal of buried improvised
explosive devices (IEDs).
As part of the Base’s upgrade for the Outdoor Tank and Military Vehicle Washing Area, CFB Gagetown personnel installed a
Stormceptor. The engineered design of the unit was centered on capture and retention of fine sediment particles, Total
Suspended Solids (TSS), oils, lubricants and other hydrocarbons. These harmful pollutants if not gone untreated are present
after being washed off the military vehicles exiting the training area. Previously, the effluent from the wash area went directly
to a stream; exceeding both federal and provincial guidelines. In order to be environmentally compliant, CFB Gagetown
officials decided to treat the Washing Area’s effluent to the most stringent standards and chose Stormdceptor because of its
demonstrated and verified ability to capture fine sediment particles and hydrocarbons.
Monitoring of the Stormceptor performance at this site demonstrated a 95% reduction in the sediment, and 100% capture of
hydrocarbons from the Wash Area. Installation of the Stormceptor 1500 has proven its capacity to protect the local environment
and precious water resources.
“We installed the Stormceptor to eliminate the risk that the wash off effluent would have
on the environment. The Stormceptor reduced TSS concentrations by 95 percent and
totally captures all the oil and hydrocarbons that wash off the military vehicles. Thank you
Stormceptor for making my job a little easier. We plan to install more Stormceptors at our
next opportunity,” commented Sheldon Downe, LFAA, Officer of the Environment.