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Stormwater Tidbits – A Public Education Series Part 5: Road Salts … How are those chlorides impacting us?

Stormwater Tidbits – A Public Education Series Part 5: Road Salts … How are those chlorides impacting us?

By: Imbrium Systems
It’s that time of year again - temperatures have dropped below freezing, and the wintery weather has blown in. Departments of Transportation, state, local and city road crews are being kept on their toes, applying roadway treatments and safe passage for all of us. It is estimated that the US spends approximately $2.3 billion annually to keep highways free of snow and ice, and roughly 20% of...

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Stormwater Tidbits – A Public Education Series Part 4: Maintenance? Aww, Do I Hafta?

By: Joel Garbon
So you just plunked down tens of thousands of dollar for a brand new vehicle, and as you drive it home you’re feeling really good about the crisp acceleration, great handling, and sharp looks of your latest investment. A few thoughts run through your mind of the upkeep that will be required to keep this beauty running fine and looking great. Regular oil changes….coolant checks…...

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Developing New Technology: Question Everything!

By: Jordan Kahlenberg
It’s 8 AM on a Monday morning and you’ve just sat down at your desk.  To help ease into the work week, you enjoy a hot cup of coffee and pick up your favorite stormwater industry magazine for some light reading.  As you sip and flip the pages, you come across several advertisements touting the wonders of products old and new.  You notice an ad from a familiar company and...

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Stormwater Tidbits – A Public Education Series Part 3: Taking Out the Trash

By: Imbrium Systems
Few activities can be as calming as taking a quiet stroll along an isolated beach on a gorgeous day. The beauty of the water, rhythm of the waves, flight of shorebirds, soft cushion of moist sand underfoot, scent of salty air…so many spectacles of nature that soothe the soul and inspire gratitude for our physical senses. The scene and experience can feel so harmonizing. When such a walk i...

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Stormceptor® MAX Wins 2016 Waters Next Award for Stormwater Technology

By: Imbrium Systems
Whitby, ON (July 7, 2016) – Imbrium Systems was awarded a 2016 Waters Next Award in the stormwater technology category for the Stormceptor® MAX stormwater treatment system. The Water’s Next Award program is the only national awards program to honor leadership across the entire water sector—including public servants, non-governmental groups, researchers, municipalities, and t...

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Stormwater Tidbits – A Public Education Series Part 2: Loving Your Car and the River Too!

By: Imbrium Systems
Nearly everybody remembers the very first car they owned. The reasons vary. For some it was a rite of passage into adulthood, the first real taste of independence from Mom and Dad. Perhaps it was the coveted reward of much hard work at a minimum-wage job and scrupulous saving, and being able to proudly say “I bought it, it’s mine!” It may have produced the liberating thought...

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Imbrium® Systems Releases New On-line Stormwater Design Tool

By: Imbrium Systems
Linthicum, MD (January 7, 2016) – Imbrium Systems announced the release of the new on-line PCSWMM for Stormceptor® - an advanced stormwater treatment sizing and design tool. PCSWMM for Stormceptor is the fastest, easiest way to determine the most appropriate size hydrodynamic separator/ oil grit separator for your site. PCSWMM for Stormceptor uses continuous simulation modelling to dete...

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Stormwater Filtration: A Tail(water)-End Discussion

By: Jordan Kahlenberg – Sr. Stormwater Design Engineer
When designing a stormwater filtration system the two most common design constraints are treatment flow rate and sediment loading. In other words, how much flow can it filter/treat, and how much sediment (i.e. Total Suspended Solids, TSS) can it remove before maintenance is required? Both of these parameters are important to the design of a stormwater filtration system, but there is a third import...

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Stormwater Tidbits – A Public Education Series. Part 1: Doo-Doo No-No

By: Joel Garbon
We’ve all seen it plenty of times. Maybe while we are picnicking with our family, taking a stroll in a city park, and simply looking out a window into the neighborhood. Something draws our attention to a person walking their dog. The person stops as their pet sniffs the grass anxiously. The dog assumes the familiar defecation position, and the owner suddenly appears distracted by a compellin...

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Jellyfish Filter Field Testing Performance in Australia

Jellyfish Filter Field Testing Performance in Australia

By: Imbrium Systems
In 2010 & 2011 the Jellyfish Filter was TARP field tested over a duration of 25 storm events adhering to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) amended TARP field monitoring protocol. Additional field testing is ongoing on a JF4 (1200 mm diameter) unit providing treatment of a commercial site in Ispwich, Australia, which is a suburb of Brisbane. The monitored catchment&rsquo...

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Filter Sizing: Considerations for Sediment Mass Loading & Longevity

Filter Sizing: Considerations for Sediment Mass Loading & Longevity

By: Ben Farrell - Imbrium Stormwater Design Engineer
Sediment (TSS) in urban stormwater runoff causes many water quality, habitat and aesthetic problems in our waterways. Various pollutants of concern, such as metals, nutrients, hydrocarbons, and bacteria, are typically adsorbed onto the sediment particles. Filtration devices are often used to greatly reduce the pollutant loads in runoff. When sizing a filter it is important to consider both the wat...

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Comparing Treatment Performance of Oil-Grit Separators and Stormwater Filtration Devices

Comparing Treatment Performance of Oil-Grit Separators and Stormwater Filtration Devices

By: Joel Garbon – Regulatory Manager
Oil-grit separators (OGS) have a decades-long history of use in Canada as primary treatment devices for reducing pollutant loads in stormwater runoff. OGS devices are typically utilized to capture gross pollutants, particulates (TSS), and oil. The dominant treatment mechanisms within OGS devices are sedimentation and floatation, with each functioning on the principle of gravity-based separation. P...

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The Importance in Scaling of OGS Devices

The Importance in Scaling of OGS Devices

By: Jordan Kahlenberg – Sr. Stormwater Design Engineer
As a Sr. Design Engineer with Imbrium Systems, I receive questions every day regarding projects which include specifications for Oil Grit Separator (OGS) devices. Often these questions stem from having to meet a project’s specifications and requirements for pollutant removal performance. In order to provide the best solution, I require great detail about how the device is required to opera...

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Particle Size Distribution (PSD) - Importance of Specific Gravity

Particle Size Distribution (PSD) - Importance of Specific Gravity

By: Ben Farrell - Imbrium Stormwater Design Engineer
Pollutant removal in stormwater exhibits a distribution of settling velocities, which is a reflection of the complex mixture of transported total suspended solids (TSS). The TSS mixture creates a settling distribution due to the different particle sizes, shapes, temperature, and specific gravities. Solids can be further categorized by type: organic, inorganic, biological, and chemical. The spe...

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