2019 Top Project in Wisconsin Uses FocalPoint

Posted by Todd Wold on Mon, Feb 24, 2020 @ 09:18 AM

As both an MS4 community and part of the Milwaukee River Basin, the city of Cudahy, Wisc., is required to remove suspended solids and phosphorus from storm water runoff. Additionally, the city is committed to implementing green infrastructure practices into public works projects, so when the city was tasked with replacing an alley and a couple of parking lots, they were introduced to air-cooled blast furnace slag. After an ecotoxicity test showed little impact, and a way to work around a residential area was discovered, the city chose to use a permeable articulating concrete block to capture and transfer storm water under the alley and one parking lot.  A high-performance biofilter was used for the second parking lot. To document the capability of the systems, officials have implemented a three-year monitoring program of the discharge for both project areas.

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Tags: Low Impact Development, FocalPoint HPMBS

The Value of the 1st Year's Maintenance for Green Infrastructure

Posted by Anthony Kendrick, Construction EcoServices on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 08:23 AM

 

I've worked for Construction EcoServices for the last two years and one thing I've learned is that something will always go wrong during construction. It doesn't matter how good the design is, challenges will have to be conquered to reach the ultimate goal of a finished project. One of the most common challenges that occur for biofiltration systems is erosion. We faced a significant erosion problem after our team constructed 4 FocalPoint biofiltration systems on a project in Frisco, TX. A few heavy rain events is all it took for sediment to erode from the bioswale slopes and into the mulch layer.

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Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Biofiltration Systems, Sustainable Stormwater Management, stormwater maintenance, FocalPoint HPMBS, stormwater systems