Written By Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator
The Long Island Sound (LIS) with watershed drainage from a large portion of New England was designated an “estuary of national significance” in 1987 by the US EPA and was one of the first estuaries to be included in the National Estuary Program. Since that time, a variety of policy efforts to improve water quality in the LIS region have been undertaken consistent with recommendations of the Long Island Sound Study. Until recent years, practical actions to reduce polluted runoff in the LIS watershed have been a lower priority. Fortunately, that is changing due to the measurable negative impacts of polluted stormwater on water quality from urban and ultra urban landscapes and a growing resolve by LIS protection advocates including local governments, environmental engineering firms and community organizations to attack the problem with practical solutions. One good example of this resolve is where Fabco StormSack™ catch basin filter inserts were installed in recent projects by the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Scarsdale in Westchester County, NY. Both municipalities are located in LIS drainage watershed and have been leaders in addressing the problems of polluted stormwater. Fabco’s filter inserts were installed in an initiative to reduce sediment loadings, hydrocarbons and floatable marine debris/ trash from impervious surfaces such as roads and parking areas which drain directly to priority watersheds and tributaries of the LIS. Both projects were partially supported by the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) grant program administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Major funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Long Island Sound Study, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Fabco is pleased to partner with these stakeholders in providing evolved stormwater filtration solutions that are flexible, cost effective and can be implemented quickly.