Our History

Synonymous with Stormwater Since 1999

For over 20 years Bio Clean has been leading the stormwater industry and developing products to meet regulations and satisfy clients, but where did we start?

1999 | Founding Bio Clean Environmental Services, Inc.

Like many great start-up companies, Bio Clean began in a California garage. Greg & Janet Kent began their careers in the construction industry and in 1999 they had a Bio Augmentation business with a string of small contracts serving military facilities in San Diego county. As savvy entrepreneurs seem to do, they saw the potential of a growing need for something new! Reliable stormwater solutions. Through years of hard work, innovation and hustle, they’ve grown the business into an industry power house with a portfolio of over a dozen products and proudly employing over 45 people.

2000 | Partnership in place

In 2000, during Bio Clean’s quest to find products that could successfully meet California’s treatment standards and compliment their services; SunTree emerged as a reliable provider of durable basin inserts, screen and full capture devices. Bio Clean immediately became the West Coast supplier for products like the Grate Inlet Filter, Curb Inlet Filter and the future Nutrient Separating Baffle Box (NSBB) Dual Stage Hydrodynamic Separator.

2001 | Break out in Santa Barbara, California

An energetic advisory and solutions campaign paid off in 2001, when Santa Barbara County awarded Bio Clean with its first big installation contract of 50 filters. The same educational campaigns continue to this day and Bio Clean now serves more California municipalities than any other stormwater company.

2003 | A History of Aloha

Bio Clean emerged as the top company providing stormwater solutions in Hawaii after 18 months of testing and trials of 3 other companies by the University of Hawaii. Bio Clean continues to lead the market in Hawaii and is currently represented by Geotech Solutions, Inc. based in Kapolei on Oahu.

2006 | An Era of Research & Development

Starting with Modular Wetlands’ industry changing the Modular Wetlands System Linear, Bio Clean embarked on a radical streak of developing their own innovative and effective stormwater technologies. The efforts have really made a difference for the environment and company. The latest product to be unveiled was the Kraken Filter.

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2007 | Modular Wetlands Landing

Since 1973 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accelerated its enforcement of the Clean Water Act. When Bio Clean and Modular Wetlands launched the Modular Wetlands System Linear (MWS Linear) and placed it in the heart of Oceanside Harbor, the country and state of California finally had a system that could address more stringent regulations and would continue to operate effectively with lower maintenance costs. The MWS Linear would eventually enter the Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (TAPE) testing in 2011, and receive General Use Level Designation (GULD) TAPE approved in 2013.
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2008 | Small Business of the Year

In 2002, Bio Clean, with the help of The Small Business Association (SBA) San Diego, received a loan and the ability to expand. After years of growth and success, the SBA recognized Bio Clean and in 2008 they were awarded the “Small Business of the Year” for all of San Diego and Imperial counties.

2011 | Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (TAPE) Testing for Modular Wetlands System Linear

The Washington State Department of Ecology Technology Assessment Protocol (TAPE) is the stormwater industry’s most stringent and all-encompassing testing protocol worldwide. The MWS Linear system was installed and tested in Portland, Oregon in order to conduct field monitoring with the intent of applying for a General Use Level Designation (GULD) approval for basic (suspended solids), phosphorus, oil, and enhanced (dissolved metals) treatment.
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2013 | Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (TAPE) Approval for Modular Wetlands System Linear

The Washington State Department of Ecology Technology Assessment Protocol (TAPE) issued General Use Level Designation (GULD) for the Modular Wetlands System Linear (MWS Linear) for multiple treatment categories. See Approval Letter.

The MWS Linear received:

General use level designation (GULD) for Basic treatment (Total Suspended Solids)
General use level designation (GULD) for Phosphorus treatment (TP)
General use level designation (GULD) for Enhanced treatment (Dissolved Zinc & Copper)

2013 | Stormwater Around the Globe

In 2013, Bio Clean made its first international deal and has a number of products now available in Canada and Australia.

2015 | Unleashed the Kraken

Research and development of the Kraken (membrane) Filter gave Bio Clean a new highly effective and versatile stormwater product. The Kraken Filter’s low loading rate successfully overcomes high maintenance requirements and frequent clogging issues often found in other filter systems advertising high loading rates.
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2016 | Kraken Filter receives New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology (NJCAT) Verification

Based on third party testing of the Kraken Filter System, assessments were made and New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology (NJCAT) Verification was met or exceeded.
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2016 | New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Certification for Kraken Filter

2016 is the year of the Kraken Filter. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) was impressed with the Kraken Filter’s test results, and they also recognized the system with a new certification.
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2016 | Forterra Acquires Bio Clean Environmental Services and Modular Wetland Systems

IRVING, Texas (August 3, 2016) – Forterra, a manufacturer of water and drainage pipe and products, today announced that it has acquired affiliated companies Bio Clean Environmental Services, Inc. (“Bio Clean”) and Modular Wetland Systems, Inc. (“Modular Wetlands”).
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2017 | Fresh Momentum & Innovation Under Forterra

Now under the wing of Forterra, 2017 was a year of continued innovation, advancements in production, efficiency, and even more agency product approvals. Benefits from the combination of Bio Clean’s history in stormwater, and Forterra’s building and infrastructure success, have only begun to take root, and will continue to benefit a growing industry, and forever establish Bio Clean as the trusted stormwater leader in the market.

2018 | A New Wave of Projects & Product Approvals

Both 2017 & 2018 marked years of unprecedented growth and product recognition from the most prestigious agencies across America. From the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology (NJCAT), to the California Water Control Board’s Full Capture approvals, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Georgia’s Atlanta Regional Commission, Minnesota Pollution Control, the Maryland Department of Environment, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) (not to mention an array of city approvals)…Bio Clean products were recognized throughout the country for superior quality and efficiency.
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2019 | Synonymous with Stormwater Since 1999

Bio Clean is now celebrating more than 20 years serving the stormwater community. Over the years we have completed thousands of successful projects around the world, and each active project will continue to prevent the harmful effects of stormwater pollution on our environment for years to come.