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The Incorporated Village of Patchogue and the Town of Brookhaven located in Suffolk County, Long Island announced details of an innovative stormwater partnership project on May 29th 2014. The two-year pilot program will utilize Fabco Industries Stormbasin™ catch basin filter inserts in town-owned basins with a direct discharge to tributaries draining into the Great South Bay segment of the Long Island South Shore Estuary Reserve. The basins are located within close proximity to the village boundaries, and will be maintained and monitored by the Village of Patchogue during the duration of the program. Data collected will be shared with the Town and will be provided to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a minimum control measure best management practice consistent with the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) general permit conditions.

The Fabco Stormbasin™ filters will capture a variety of pollutants from stormwater runoff including floatable debris, contaminated sediments, hydrocarbons, and bacteria that would otherwise discharge directly to the streams and Bay with every precipitation event.   Three priority Great South Bay tributaries have been targeted for the project including Corey Creek, Tuthills Creek, and the Swan River.

The Stormbasin™ filters are a proprietary product of Fabco Industries, who worked in partnership with the Village and Town to develop and initiate the pilot project.

“We are confident that this partnership will clearly illustrate the effectiveness of applying proprietary stormwater filtration techniques in a watershed based and targeted manner to improve water quality in the south shore estuarine environment and throughout our beautiful coastal region” said Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator.