Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Approval of the Modular Wetlands System Linear
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Approves
The Modular Wetlands System Linear
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) GRANTS APPROVAL FOR USE OVER EDWARDS AQUIFER TO TREAT STORMWATER RUNOFF
San Antonio, Texas – The Modular Wetlands System Linear (MWS Linear) stormwater biofiltration system has been approved for use as an innovative stormwater best management practices (BMPs) by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This designation allows the system to be included in the Edwards Aquifer Protection Plans applications to TCEQ under the applicable provisions of 30 TAC 213.
This approval was accomplished, in part, by the system’s long track record and the current TAPE approval administered by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE). The TCEQ referred to this stringent testing protocol as they set out to define their stormwater treatment technology standards.
The TCEQ approval shows that the MWS Linear has met applicable design criteria and performance goals, including 80% removal of Total Suspended Solids (TSS) for new development and redevelopment sites within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. “Having TCEQ approval and the system’s performance verified by the Washington State DOE demonstrates the proven effectiveness in combating stormwater runoff,” said Laddie Fromelius, Senior Regional Sales Manager. Laddie continued, “Controlling runoff in our waterways is one of the biggest challenges we are faced with, and knowing we are able to keep jurisdictions in compliance while also protecting our water is tremendously rewarding.”
What it means for developers in the region:
Per TCEQ’s thorough review process, it has found the MWS Linear is capable of removing 85% of TSS from passing stormwater runoff. The unique configuration of the biofiltration system allows it to be used as a space saving alternative to traditional BMPs such as sand filters. This opens up new possibilities for developers and civil engineers looking to make more efficient use of their buildable land.