Texas VAR Awarded Washington, D.C. Green Street Project

Posted on Wed, Jun 18, 2014

We are excited to announce that Construction EcoServices, our Texas VAR, along with Design Workshop and others, have won this important Washington, D.C. Green Streets Project.
Read more about the project.

Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental, Green Streets

Transforming Industrial By-Product Into Clean Water Technology

Posted on Tue, Jun 10, 2014

Enhanced Phosphorus Pollutant Removal for Stormwater Runoff

The national network of Convergent Water Technologies’ Value Added Resellers introduces PhosphoReduc Media (PRM); a unique phosphorus pollutant removal technology for stormwater runoff. 

PhosphoReduc Media (PRM) is an exceptional, sustainable green product that transforms an industrial waste stream into cutting edge clean water technology used to enhance phosphorus (P) reduction. Convergent is developing internally and in conjunction with other manufacturers, a series of products designed and used to remove phosphorus from stormwater runoff, including “green” and “gray” infrastructure systems.      

Phosphorus pollution in urban stormwater runoff negatively impacts the environment and is a major contributor to water quality impairment. As new stormwater regulations push MS4’s toward more strict TMDL compliance, removal of critical pollutants such as phosphorus will become a more important component of watershed planning.

PRM has a long treatment lifespan, handles a wide diversity of P concentrations and efficiently reduces P from various flow rates, with minimal land requirements and is easily combined with existing drainage and treatment systems. Unlike many materials, PRM does not leach heavy metals or other harmful elements.

PRM has the highest phosphorus retention capacity compared to other materials which have been used in commercial products and has the benefit of naturally rejuvenating its P retention capacity during dry cycles, prolonging life expectancy and increasing cost efficiency.  Ideal for stormwater applications, PRM has a wide variety of implementation options, including as an add-on element for Convergent’s FocalPoint™ High Performance Biofiltration Systems. It will also be offered an enhancement for  traditional bioretention systems, as a storage aggregate under advanced permeable pavement systems, and as a media for in-line pipe-based systems for retrofit or new construction, among others.

In addition to providing a sustainable solution to P pollution, PRM can be recycled at its end of life as a pollutant removal tool, to be used as a phosphorus-rich soil amendment for acid mine reclamation, forestry, horticulture and landscaping. Phosphorus harvesting, recycling and re-use is becoming particularly important given increasing concern over the world decline in P reserves and its potential impacts on food prices and food security.

With an exclusive license to stormwater applications for this recyclable phosphorus filtration media, Convergent Water Technologies is expanding its line of sustainable solutions for improving the performance of products designed and used to remove pollutants from stormwater runoff.

PhosphoReduc, LLC, CEO, and technology co-inventor, Dr. Aleksandra Drizo, is one of 3 world pioneers who established the research field on phosphorus removal by an industrial by-product material and is recognized worldwide as a leader in innovative phosphorus removal technologies.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Drizo’s research and expertise has been in sustainable water resources management, research, development, implementation and assessment of innovative technologies for water pollution treatment, prevention and control.

Download the PRM Fact Sheet below to learn more.

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Tags: Biofiltration Media, Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality

Convergent President, Robert Adair to speak at 2014 Low Impact Development in Houston

Posted on Tue, Apr 01, 2014

LIDinhoustonconferenceConvergent President, Robert Adair will be a guest speaker at "2014 Low Impact Development (LID) in Houston" on April 3, 2014. The workshop will be held at The Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED) at Rice University. 

This one day event will cover the theory and practice of LID in Houston and will have a distinguished group of speakers that include academia. These include Dr. Phil Bedient, Rice University; Dr. Michael Deitz, The University of Connecticut; Dr. Franco Montalto, Drexel University and Dr. Allen Davis, The University of Maryland; the engineering community including Charles Penland, Walter P Moore and Bob Adair, EcoServices; and architects including Joe Webb, Webb Architects; and Kathleen English, English Architects; We hope to advance the state of knowledge in Houston for LID as it relates to the high intensity rainfalls and runoffs experienced in the Gulf Coast. 

Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Houston

Convergent President, Robert Adair to speak at EPA Water Technology Cluster Leaders Meeting

Posted on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Convergent President, Robert Adair, will be participating on a panel discussion at the EPA Water Technology Cluster Leaders Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Experiences of Businesses in the Testing, Approval and Permitting Process
Moderator: Stephen McKnight; Vice President of Community and Market Assessments, Fourth Economy Consulting; Network Manager, Water Economy Network 

U.S. EPA Drinking Water Methods Alternate Test Procedures (ATP)
Peter Gallant, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, ENDETEC/Veolia 

Innovative Septic System Technology Testing and State Permitting 
Jim Bell, Executive Vice President, Bio‐Microbics, Inc. 

WaterSense Labeled Irrigation Technology Testing 
Brent Mecham, Industry Development Director, Irrigation Association 

Stormwater Technology Testing and State/Local Permitting 
Robert Adair, President, Convergent Water Technologies 

Biosolids Class A/B Designation through EPA Pathogen Equivalency Committee Process
Fred Mussari, Vice President of Research and Development, BCR Environmental

Full Agenda

Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental

Convergent President, Robert Adair, to speak at Memphis-Shelby County LID Workshop

Posted on Wed, Mar 05, 2014

Convergent President, Robert Adair will be a guest speaker at the Memphis-Shelby County LID workshop

KEYNOTE: A LID Design Competition: The Houston Experience 

During the LID Workshop you will learn about Low Impact Development technologies as well as the new EPA regulations for treating stormwater and also how trees can be used as an affordable solution.  This will be very informative to civil engineers, developers, landscape architects, planners, architects, municipal stormwater engineers, and others.

LID Workshop

Tags: Biofiltration Media, Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental, Bioretention Design

Convergent President, Robert Adair to speak at IECA 2014 Environmental Connection

Posted on Tue, Feb 25, 2014

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Convergent President, Robert Adair, will be participating in two technical sessions at IECA 2014 Environmental Connection.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Expert Forum: Barriers to Implementation of LID: Issues and Solutions
While Low Impact Development is gaining acceptance in many areas, there is still a lot of resistance to it? What are the issues which cause this resistance? Are they technical or policy based? How can policy issues be resolved to implement LID? How do you address technical issues, like tight soils, high groundwater, excessively well drained soils? This panel brings national LID experts together to answer these and other questions.

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Issues of Innovation in Stormwater and Low Impact Design 
Stormwater issues are on the rise across the country, yet many solutions proposed today are not inherently different than those used in the past. Rather than fighting tomorrow's battle with yesterday's technology, it is time for innovation to be injected into the sector through new technical and public outreach approaches, technologies, financing and programmatic paradigms. This half-day session sponsored by the Water Environment Federation's Stormwater Program will present non-standard ways to promote non-standard stormwater practices and approaches, such as Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure, through a variety of avenues including grass roots engagement, alternative funding/financing frameworks, and on-the-ground techniques and emerging technologies that may help to change the landscape in stormwater in the future. This session will challenge the standard way we manage stormwater runoff on a variety of fronts

For more information visit IECA Environmental Connection Technical Session Details

Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental, Bioretention Design, Biofiltration Systems

Financing Urban Retrofits via a Public-Private Partnership

Posted on Wed, Aug 21, 2013

105705811This is the future of stormwater retrofit in highly developed urbanized areas across the US. To that end, the EPA is beginning a public campaign to present the Prince George's County Public-Private Partnership as the model for how to drive rapid change and innovation in the stormwater management paradigm for urbanized area quickly, in a win-win-win process. 

Read more here about Prince George's County P3

Tags: Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental

Low Impact Development Design Competition

Posted on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

The San Antonio Land/Water Sustainability Forum has extended the registration deadline for the Low Impact Development Design Competition. Signed up already are 13 teams representing over 25 professional engineering, landscape architecture, and achitecture firms. Registration closes March 19th, don't miss your chance to compete!

For more information about the LID Design Competition visit www.lwsforum.org 

San Antonio LWSF LID Design Competition

Tags: Biofiltration Media, Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, Water Quality, Stormwater Management, Environmental, Bioretention Design, Biofiltration Systems

The Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum - June Newsletter

Posted on Wed, Jun 06, 2012

describe the imageThe June newsletter sent out by the LWS Forum has exciting announcements, North Texas LID Design Competition information, important upcoming dates & information about the Houston LWS Forum Bioswale Applications Seminar this month. For more information view the LWSF June Newsletter and visit www.texaslid.org

Tags: Biofiltration Media, Low Impact Development, Stormwater Management, Bioretention Design

Convergent President, Robert Adair, a panelist at AGC of America's national Contractors Environmental Conference, June 7-8, 2012

Posted on Thu, Dec 22, 2011

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Convergent President, Robert Adair, will be a guest panelist at The Associated General Contractors of America national "Contractors Environmental Conference: Compliant. Competitive. Cost Effective." The conference will be held on June 7-8, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Northern Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C.

http://www.agc.org/cs/events/2012_agc_environmental_conference