Stormwater Plastics Pollution
Sea life and fish consume plastics debris in different forms, which are eventually passed along in the food chain, or seafood that reaches human consumption.
Not only does this mean that humans are unknowingly consuming microplastics, but the sea life itself is rapidly declining by getting tangled in or eating plastic debris. As a result, aquatic ecosystems are drastically impaired and dying at unprecedented rates.
Stormwater retention ponds near highway networks and urban development may be used to collect plastics and pollutants. However, retention ponds are ineffective once they dry up, as wind can quickly move these pollutants elsewhere. This is why it is important to implement stormwater management solutions that specifically address plastics in order to intercept and capture more pollutants and prevent them from reaching the ocean.
At the same time, floatables are contained using baffles or weirs. Hydrodynamic separators prevent pollutants from continuing downstream and ultimately reaching the ocean. These treatment devices are popular due to low maintenance and their ease of installation.
These filters are incredibly easy to install and only need basic upkeep, especially in periods of heavy rainfall. The storm drain filters capture trash and debris while reducing the chance of flooding during larger storms. Owners of the insertable storm drain filters can conveniently remove the excess debris from the drain in between storm events.
These devices reduce clogging using multiple chambers and are designed to fit most projects, regardless of site constraints. Biofiltration devices prevent plastics from entering our oceans while saving customers valuable land and meeting requirements with a smaller footprint and the capability of being H20 compliant. Most importantly, biofilters mimic natural processes, by incorporating native plants to aid the treatment and control of stormwater in a technologically advanced yet environmental way.
These devices are easy and affordable to maintain long-term and effective solutions against large and small plastic debris with high removal rates of heavy metals, TSS, hydrocarbons, and plastics.
These fundamental systems are usually positioned at the final discharge point to a receiving water body. This type of solution can consist of netting, fabrics, or cages installed above ground for frequent inspection and repairs.