FocalPoint Approved in New Jersey (NJDEP Certification)

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[vc_row type=”vc_default” full_width=”stretch_row_content_no_spaces” gap=”35″][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”839″ img_size=”full” image_hovers=”false” lazy_loading=”true”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]November 8, 2021 – The process to attain NJCAT verification and NJDEP certification for the FocalPoint System required laboratory testing to NJDEPs Lab Filter Protocol. Alden Labs was retained by Convergent Water Technologies to carry out this detailed laboratory testing. We are pleased to announce the […]

Rhode Island Approves FocalPoint Biofiltration System

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”832″ img_size=”full” image_hovers=”false” lazy_loading=”true”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]October 4, 2021 – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has approved the FocalPoint High Performance Modular Biofiltration System (HPMBS) — an innovative stormwater technology that is beneficial to engineers, land planners, landscape architects, installers, developers and end-users implementing green infrastructure and low impact development techniques. Because […]

FocalPoint HPMBS: Mulch Matters

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When introducing FocalPoint HPMBS to engineers, landscape architects, public agencies and contractors, we sometimes get asked if the mulch layer is really necessary. Some people want to replace it with various sizes and types of rocks while others contemplate eliminating the top layer altogether. We continue to stress the importance of the mulch as an […]

Real World Numbers: LID vs Conventional Development


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our friends at EHRA, Megan Crutcher, P.E., CFM and Justin Ring, P.E. talk about the true costs of Low Impact Development. The cost comparison analysis they provide is based on their latest single family residential project. Camillia is a 90 acre subdivision by Legend Homes in Fort Bend County, Texas that implemented 70 FocalPoint High Performance Modular […]

Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure Guide

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recently Region 3 released a publication titled, Community Based Public-Private Partnerships (CBP3) and Alternative Market-Based Tools for Integrated Green Stormwater Infrastructure: A Guide for Local Governments. This guide comes out of a multi-year effort by EPA Region 3 and our partners to help Mid-Atlantic communities to address their water quality challenges through faster, cheaper, and greener […]

Green Infrastructure: 10 Things Every Civil Engineer Should Know

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North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum Launches LID Design Competition

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[A tip of the hat to retired legendary Dallas Time Herald sports reporter Blackie Sherrod who introduced the idea of scattershooting, i.e., bouncing through a variety of topics in a single column, often producing interesting tidbits and food for thought.] Did you catch the announcement by the North Texas Land/Water Sustainability Forum launching their Low Impact Development […]

2019 Top Project in Wisconsin Uses FocalPoint

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[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” gap=”35″][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 […]

High Performance Biofiltration System for LID-Based Roadways

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Land and Water Magazine published an article recently that details the use of the High Performance Modular Biofiltration System (HPMBS) in Harris County, Texas’ first green roadway, Birnamwoods Drive. The HPMBS is an ideal solution for developing LID-based roads and Harris County has now implemented this technology on several roadway projects, with others in design […]

‘Next Generation’ Low Impact Development Technology

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Making the Case for High Flow Biofiltration Systems We all know the history of Low Impact Development (LID). Developed in Prince George’s County, Maryland in the early ’90s, adopted throughout the Chesapeake Bay, gradually adopted in the Northwest and the Great Lakes and now picking up steam and moving coast to coast; it’s an […]