Mangano Announces Major Storm Water Management Initiative to Reduce Pollution in Waterways & Beaches
MINEOLA, N.Y., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Legislator Donald MacKenzie today announced a major step forward in restoring health to our waterways and beaches with the installation of cutting edge technology that will reduce the amount of pollutants and debris that are carried to the fragile waters through storm water drain pipes. The technology is manufactured by AbTech Industries (a subsidiary of Abtech Holdings Inc. – OTC QB: ABHD) – a leader in the development of storm water treatment technologies – who won the right to perform this storm water infrastructure work through a competitive bidding process.
“Storm water runoff is public enemy number one with regard to the quality of our waterways, fishing areas and beaches,” said County Executive Mangano. “This new initiative is a major step forward in protecting our environment as it helps remove debris and other pollutants before they enter our waterways, accumulate on our beaches and harm marine life.”
Under a pilot program, a designated outfall pipe in Bay Park will be outfitted with anti-microbial storm water treatment technology known as Smart Sponge Plus. The technology removes pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, pathogens, petroleum compounds and floatable debris from the storm water before it exits the outfall pipe. Additional outfall pipes will be outfitted as Federal funds become available.
In recent years, Nassau County has faced major storms that have created tidal surges resulting in backflow throughout storm drains. This backflow has carried pollution and invasive species to beaches and waterways, as well as flooded local roadways and lawns. AbTech is also upgrading storm water outfalls in Nassau County to strengthen infrastructure, add resiliency, reduce beach contamination, and engineer outfalls to mitigate backflow and reduce flooding.
AbTech Industries, Inc. (a subsidiary of Abtech Holdings Inc.) is a full-service environmental technologies and engineering firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions to communities, industry and governments addressing issues of water pollution and contamination. Its products are based on polymer technologies capable of removing hydrocarbons, sediment and other foreign elements in stormwater runoff (ponds, lakes and marinas), flowing water (curbside drains, pipe outflows, rivers and oceans), and industrial process and wastewater. AbTech’s offerings include the ground-breaking new antimicrobial technology called Smart Sponge® Plus. This technology is effective in reducing coliform bacteria found in stormwater, industrial wastewater, and municipal wastewater. Smart Sponge® Plus is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (Registration #86256-1). AbTech’s teams of water treatment technology experts, civil and environmental engineers, and field operations specialists develop solutions to improve the quality of our limited water resources. AEWS Engineering (a subsidiary of Abtech Holdings, Inc.), is an independent engineering civil and environmental engineering firm partnered with top research and engineering universities. By focusing on bringing new engineering and technology innovation to the water infrastructure sector, AEWS is positioned to be at the forefront of stormwater Best Management Practices development and to deliver the latest in design excellence to its customers. For more information please visit www.abtechindustries.com. More information on AEWS Engineering can be found at www.aewsengineering.com.
SOURCE AbTech Industries, Inc.