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Fiberglass skimmers are "theft resistant"

xiskimmerIn years past, skimmers were made from materials that - due to their recyclable “scrap” value - were attractive to thieves. Over 16 years ago, however, the first Enviro-Glaskimer was installed. Fiberglass skimmers have no residual scrap value, and therefore they are still on the job today, protecting the quality of our water in Florida.

Enviro-Glaskimer production has since expanded even further to include aluminum, steel, galvanized steel and corrugated aluminum skimmers and baffles. Additional product lines now include manatee gates, trash screens, trash racks, fiberglass ladders, walkways, platforms, flap, slide and shear gates and guides, corrosion resistant pump tables, pump shelves and splash shields for water and waste water treatment plants as well as miscellaneous aluminum and steel fabrication. 

Making the change to fiberglass skimmers has not only helped the environment but also cut down the cost to taxpayers in the form of loss, making it an all around beneficial solution for our entire community.

Storm Hardened Fiberglass Surge Grating - Hurricane Irma

Storm Hardened Fiberglass Surge Grating endured the thrashing of Hurricane Irma as it landed at the boat dock and deck at an 8 Million dollar house in Key Largo. The house, dock, and deck survived with minimal damage attesting to the theme of “do the right thing always” with Enviro Fiberglass Surge Grating.

Hurricane Irma’s impact on lakes and waterways

hurricane irma pondAlong with Hurricane Harvey, Irma set records with her power, and the devastation she left in her wake. Irma destroyed more than 90% of the structures on Caribbean islands and left thousands without homes.

Hurricanes affect and alter every ecosystem they pass through including both land and sea. Now that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has passed, scientists are taking stock of the damage to understand what’s happened, learn from it and learn to be more resilient in future scenarios.

As Hurricane Irma pushed over land, it poured water into lakes, streams, and rivers. When these waterways swelled and overflowed their banks, they engulfed roads, destroyed homes and bridges and sent animals scrambling to reach higher grounds. Alligators migrated to escape the cold rainwater rush - they got flooded out of their homes and had to evacuate too.

Researchers are conducting studies each year to gain a baseline with which to compare water pre-disaster and post-disaster and test for bacteria, carcinogens, and contaminants. Officials are concerned that Hurricane Irma could have spread pathogens like typhoid and cholera as well as hazardous chemical runoff.  Meanwhile, rivers themselves are reshaped by water cutting into their banks, flinging rocks and sediments around and carrying trash and branches. Because these issues cause oxygen levels in lakes, rivers, and wetlands to drop, fish begin to die. 

It is too soon to know how long it will take the ecosystem to recover from Hurricane Irma, but officials are working hard to gain knowledge to protect the safety of our communities.

How retention ponds are vital for the environment

Retention ponds or "wet ponds" are ponds constructed to treat and store stormwater runoff. Retention ponds are permanent pools of standing water and eventually empty into a receiving water body. Forebays can be included in the design of a retention pond to "pretreat" the stormwater before it spills over into the major water feature.  Water is treated through sedimentation and nutrient uptake.

Benefits of stormwater retention ponds include:

  • Improved water quality in surrounding water bodies. Retention ponds manage stormwater quantity and quality, lessening the transfer of pollutants and chemicals into nearby water bodies.
  • Aesthetic appeal. A retention pond may enhance aesthetics via plant selection, plant placement, topography and pedestrian access options.
  • Increased biodiversity. Biodiversity is defined as the variation of life forms in a given ecosystem. Landscaping with ponds and different varieties of plants can add to the  natural environment.
  • Wildlife habitat. Retention ponds provide habitats for animals, organisms, and insects.
  • Water conservation. Water that is stored in retention ponds is available for non-potable human uses such as irrigation.
  • Flood prevention. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize the risk of flooding in nearby areas.
  • Minimization of erosion. Stormwater quantity reductions minimize erosion in the nearby area and along the banks of water bodies.

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Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic

by Nicole Stevens

plastic reinforced fiberglass floridaSo what exactly is fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP)? Technically speaking, it is a polymer matrix combined with fibers, glass being most common (but it can also contain other fibers such as basalt, carbon, or aramid). Combining these ingredients makes for a very strong and very inexpensive end product.

FRPs are made in a mold, or a tool is used to place the fiber before it forms. The fibers are then covered in a resin to adhere to the mold’s shape. There are various methods that can be used to achieve whatever outcome is desired, all of which need heat and pressure to mold the fibers into place. The products produced are of a minimal weight and a heightened strength.

FRP has become so increasingly popular that even vehicle designers have looked into developed future automobiles with the strong fibers seeing as the strength of them outweigh that of some metals. FRP is also completely lacking any magnetic attraction, so it guards against any of electrical spark that could be a potential danger. On top of resistance from electrical accidents, FRP is also immune to rotting, infestation, and corrosion. This makes it perfect for anything outdoors, or in a type of workshop or laboratory. It can even hold up in subzero temperatures!

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Fiberglass skimmers are "theft resistant"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In years past, skimmers were made from materials that - due to their recyclable “scrap” value - were attractive to thieves. Over 16 years ago, however, the first Enviro-Glaskimer was installed. Fiberglass skimmers have no residual scrap value, and therefore they are still on the job today, protecting the quality of our water in Florida.

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Storm Hardened Fiberglass Surge Grating - Hurricane Irma

Friday, October 20, 2017

Storm Hardened Fiberglass Surge Grating endured the thrashing of Hurricane Irma as it landed at the boat dock and deck at an 8 Million dollar house in Key Largo. The house, dock, and deck survived with minimal damage attesting to the theme of “do the right thing always” with Enviro Fiberglass Surge Grating.

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Hurricane Irma’s impact on lakes and waterways

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Along with Hurricane Harvey, Irma set records with her power, and the devastation she left in her wake. Irma destroyed more than 90% of the structures on Caribbean islands and left thousands without homes.

Finish reading Hurricane Irma’s impact on lakes and waterways...