Discussion: The Blue Filter Gabions are filling an important niche in the industrial stormwater market.

The regulators, the non-profits, the technical community, and the industrial end users all want stormwater compliance to be green, cost effective, simple to maintain, and dependable for maintaining compliance.  However until now, there was no effective way of using local, organic filter materials within a simple filter housing that can be expanded and/or configured easily to meet that particular site’s requirements. The Blue Filter Gabions are much like a Lego construct.  With their multiple internal compartments, the consultant and end user can decide which local filter media will do best for their specific application.  Typically compost is used as clarification, removing out the bulk contaminates.  Then a polishing filter media, such as biochar or vulcanized peat moss, will polish filter any residuals.  One of the many nice designs of the Blue Filter Gabion is that whatever potential of having metal leakage from the compost will be completely addressed by the polishing media prior to discharge. Twice yearly, one will need to open up the gabions and top off the filter medias with new local organics.  Or schedule a vac truck to pull whichever media compartment and rebed entirely.  Typically the used filter media will pass the toxics testing and be allowed for use as landscape materials. The first user after the beta sites at Blue Heron Paper Mill is a large electronics manufacturer located in the Portland Metro area.  Its nationally known environmental consultant made the recommendation to place a Blue Filter Gabion into an existing water quality control vault (4’x 4’ x 5’ tall) as a pilot test to see what the capability of this technology is.  Waiting for the next rain event for sampling…

4 thoughts on “Discussion: The Blue Filter Gabions are filling an important niche in the industrial stormwater market.

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