storm drain pollution Articles

  • An Investigation into the Water Quality of the Charleston Peninsula Storm Drains

    Since the late 1980’s, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has expressed concern over extremely high fecal coliform counts found in several of the many storm drains that discharge from peninsular Charleston (City of Charleston, 1998). Although the City of Charleston is responsible for the fifty-plus storm drains, Charleston Water System wants to determine if ...

  • Unique sponge system contains water contaminants in storm drains

    Untitled Document SmartSponge technology captures oil and hydrocarbons from stormwater runoff, preventing its discharge into receiving waters. Water quality is being ...


    By Baum Publications Ltd.

  • Compost in the mix for storm water management

    Bioretention areas, also known as rain gardens, are increasingly being used to capture and treat storm water runoff from impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks and parking lots. These landscaped areas often feature native plants installed in an engineered soil mixture that includes compost. “Bioretention areas or rain gardens are an attractive storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Diffuse pollution

    Diffuse Pollution or Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution is water pollution affecting a water body from diffuse sources, such as polluted runoff from agricultural areas draining into ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Building soils for storm water compliance and successful landscapes

    THE SOILS for Salmon project - initiated in 1999 by the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) - has been building momentum through collaboration with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), regulators at the state Department of Ecology, local governments, scientists, and green leaders in the building, landscape and development industries. Over the years, the Soils for Salmon ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Implementing SPCC Requirements and Storm Water BMPS at a Large Industrial Facility

    ABSTRACTRecently, much attention has been focused on storm water pollution prevention and spill management. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Final Rule for Oil Pollution Prevention (40 CFR Part 112) on July 17, 2002, making major changes to the original rule issued in 1973. Facilities subject to this regulation must amend their Spill Prevention, Control, and ...

  • Safe Drain® Saves My Facility From Accidental Spill

    "I am writing to thank-you for a great product. This morning we had a 25 gallon diesel spill near our Vehicle Service Area. The spill was a fluke - from the tank of a truck that was parked on a gradient - left without a gas cap. Diesel poured out of the truck onto the asphalt - directly into a newly installed Spill Safe Drain that was closed tightly. All of the spilled product was recovered, ...

  • Modeling of coastal water contamination in Fortaleza (Northeastern Brazil)

    An important tool in environmental management projects and studies due to the complexity of environmental systems, environmental modeling makes it possible to integrate many variables and processes, thereby providing a dynamic view of systems. In this study the bacteriological quality of the coastal waters of Fortaleza (a state capital in Northeastern Brazil) was modeled considering multiple ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • How To Avoid Penalties For Not Containing Spills

    "Chemical spills can cost your company millions of dollars not to mention the bad publicity that results from suffering a spill. Every business wants to avoid the possibility of an uncontained hazardous material spill if at all possible. To do this you need a spill containment system designed for the type of hazardous materials that your handle. Safe Drain ...

  • Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP)

    Storm water is the result of rain or snow melt that collects in an area that can drain from into a nearby body of waters such as a lake or river. The water can collect on roof tops, parking lots, saturated ground, roads, etc. The problem is that many of the pollutants of our modern living such as oil, grease, pesticides, sediment, salt, and animal waste are washed away within the storm water and ...

  • Alternatives for Finding Illicit Discharges to Stormwater Systems

    ABSTRACT Provisions of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for stormwater discharges require that permits for municipal separate storm sewers systems (MS4s) shall include a requirement to effectively prohibit problematic non-storm water discharges into storm sewers. Emphasis is placed on the elimination of inappropriateconnections to urban storm drains. ...

  • Warning! Beware stormwater product

    Warning! Beware of a storm water insert sold under the trade mark "Safe Drain".  This product holds water in the open position.  Standing water can present both odor and health issues.  In 2004, Cameron M. Colson patented a leading storm water drain insert that utilized a butterfly valve mounted inside the storm water insert that aided in spill control.  This Design was ...

  • Stormwater: Questions and Answers

    The whole subject of Stormwater is complicated. Here's a chance for you to check out some of the most frequently asked questions about stormwater . . . and their answers. What is an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit? The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging 'pollutants' through a 'point source' into a 'water of the United States' unless they ...


    By Ben Meadows

  • Stormwater and Spill Management at an Iron Pipe Foundry in Texas

    ABSTRACTLarge industrial sites have had permits for storm water discharges under the NPDES program of the Clean Water Act since the mid to late 80’s. Recent emphasis has been placed on regulated facilities to prepare and implement Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans under the Oil Pollution Prevention Act (40 CFR 112). A large iron pipe foundry in Texas has several storm ...

  • Estimation of build-up and wash-off models parameters for an east-Australian catchment

    This paper presents calibration of a catchment water quality model for continuous simulation of the water quality parameters from a catchment to the catchment outlet. The model is an integration of two sub-models: the hydrologic model and the water quality model. The hydrologic model estimates the amount of surface water runoff generated from the catchment during the storm event/ events. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Using Permeable Eco-Paving to Achieve Improved Water Quality for Urban Pavements

    This paper describes the planning, design and construction of a permeable pavement as a practical demonstration of the benefits of eco-paving in Australian environmental management. The paper addresses the use of permeable pavements as part of a Water Sensitive Urban Design that allows infiltration of stormwater, reduction of pollutants and slow reticulation of the stormwater to an ecologically ...


    By Advanced Pavement Technology

  • Heritage Marketplace Field Evaluation: Stormwater Management StormFilter with CSF Leaf Media

    As part of a performance assessment of the Stormwater Management StormFilter® (StormFilter) in Clark County, WA, a StormFilter system using CSF® leaf media installed at Heritage Marketplace was evaluated between March and July of ...


  • Management and risk assessment of a chemical spill: engineering facility

    Project: Management and Risk Assessment of a Cleaning Effluent Spill  Client: Confidential Services: Spill response, environmental sampling, risk assessment, regulator liaison Summary: Proportionate risk assessment and pollution management to safeguard local surface waters and satisfy regulator requirements ...

  • July is Lake & Reservoir Awareness Month!

    Lakes and reservoirs cover over 40 million acres of the United States. Lakes and reservoirs also play other vital and often hidden, roles. They provide drinking water and irrigation water for agricultural fields and many times a source of electricity and power generation. They also serve an important function of absorbing rainfall and runoff from land, help to prevent floods, and provide ...

  • Monitoring outfalls to Bathing Waters - Case study

    Bathing Water Catchment monitoring Date:2010 Location: Bude Cornwall UK Purpose: To carry out a river survey identifying potential pollution sources and their likely impact on bathing waters downstream. Background STS and the Environment Agency have, for some time, been discussing the issue of monitoring water courses which discharge directly into bathing waters. Of ...


    By Safe Training Systems Ltd

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