BMP's Are Required
On every jobsite BMP's act as the last line of defense in protecting nearby bodies of water (filtering sediment out of catch basins). When choosing a high quality temporary Inlet Protection BMP, there are many questions you should consider.
- Will it meet local stormwater regulations?
- How labor intensive is the installation process?
- What is the product designed to filter and does this meet the jobsite needs?
- How effective is the product?
- Is it well constructed?
- What is the cost?
- Is it reusable when maintained for the length of a job?
- What is the maintenance process?
- Will it fit the desired curb or drop inlet?
- Is it designed to be a temporary or permanent device?
- Has the product been tested?
All of these questions can make the simple process of choosing a filtration device frustrating with the variety of products on the market. As a part of ACF Environmental, our team has been helping to manufacture and provide companies with high quality BMPs for 36 years. Most of our inlet protection products are manufactured in our Richmond, VA location. Our in-house manufacturing allows us to have additional quality control processes in place and to also create custom products or sizes when needed for our customers. If you are unsure of what product would be approved at your required location or are in need of a custom size, please contact our team at email@example.com or 800-644-9223.
Temporary Inlet Protection Filter BMPs for Drop Inlets and Curb Inlets
Temporary inlet filtration devices are used primarily on construction sites.. This is due to the large amount of sediment that is disturbed and the hazardous materials on the site that both often make their way into nearby waters. These devices can also be used in other situations, when a temporary device is desired to protect catch basins. For permanent solutions, we recommend checking out our Gratemaster (drop inlets), Curbmaster (curb inlets), TrashGuard Plus (installed in the basin itself) or our Trash Racks (designed for larger debris).
The majority of our temporary inlet protection devices used to filter sediment and other pollutants out of stormwater runoff are reusable for the length of a construction job. This is of course, as long as they are well maintained and emptied and cleaned following major storm events or per the specified maintenance schedule.
Filtration devices for Drop Inlets
Our most popular temporary drop inlet procession device is our silt sack that is installed below the grate. This product includes multiple versions that include:
- Original Type A Siltsack (including a high-flow version)
- Type B Siltsack which is our original silt sack with a built in curb deflector (including a high-flow version)
- Type C Siltsack which is our original high-flow silt sack with an adjustable frame
In addition, our GrateGator series provides some above grate options for filtration, allowing for a simpler installation process. For instance the GrateGator Type B attaches to the grate with high-strength magnets and the Type C operates in the same manner but includes a collapsible overflow. The Type HD includes a reinforced base and connects to the base using toggle bolts instead of magnets for added security, still eliminating the need to lift the grate.
For grates that will not be driven over, the Grate Pyramid is a highly visible option, allowing it to be easily spotted on jobsites due to the cone-like nature of the device over the grate. This device is also easy to install and does not include any lifting of the grate.
When oil and other hazardous fluids are involved, the Drain Guard Oil & Sediment model is beneficial, as it can remove up to .87 gallons of hydrocarbons from runoff. If oil and other hazardous chemicals are of concern, we also recommend including spill control devices or kits in your emergency plan to fully contain any spills or leaks that may arise.
Filtration devices for Curb Inlets
Our temporary curb inlet BMPs come in various sizes and styles. We have our popular GutterBuddy that is made out of recycled synthetic fibers and can conform to curb inlets of various shapes due to a flexible steel rod in the middle of the BMP.
Our GutterGator is often used in situations with high-flow volumes and includes a low profile temporary curb inlet filter and a high-flow / high-visibility outer filter. A weight can also be added to assist in keeping this device in place.
Similar to the GutterGator, the GutterEel is also designed for high-flow events. This device is manufactured with 100% recycled shredded tire material encased in a high-flow / high-strength outer filter sleeve. In addition, the built-in overflow wire in this BMP helps to prevent ponding.
Custom Orders and Other Requests
As a part of ACF Environmental, our team has over 36 years of experiencing manufacturing proven temporary inlet protection products and helping match companies with the products that are best for each site.
As our manufacturing facility is located in our Richmond, VA facility, we have full control over the process and are able to work with our team (including our engineers on staff) on custom requests. Whether you need a different size, color, fabric (woven / non-woven / etc) or completely custom product - our team can help manufacture a solution to meet the needs of your specific site.
If you have any questions about what products meet local regulations in your area or require a custom product or size, reach out to our team for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-644-9223.
Why are BMPs required?
The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, helps regulate the pollutants that enter waterways such as storm drains, lakes, and rivers. These pollutants can include oil, sediment, trash, debris and more and are often found in higher levels on jobsites when the earth is disturbed or machinery (and hazardous fluids) are used. Between this act, the EPA and local regulations, protecting our bodies of water has become a major point of concern on every construction site. By including easy to install BMPs, the amount of pollutants that make their way into our waterways can be greatly reduced.