Trade Shows: Why We Go


We attend a lot of trade shows, they’re a big investment of time, money and human resources — they’re also a vital part of our business. If you’re reading this, the same might be true for you and your company. To help, we developed an internal “Trade Show Best Management Practices” (TSBMPs) document to help us put our best foot forward at each show, in essence; to set a standard for our own performance. If you’re exhibiting at, or attending, trade shows this year, we encourage you to read this through. It might be helpful in your own preparation for your next show. Should we see you at our booth, we hope you’ll tell us how we’re doing and what we might do better or differently next time around. Whenever you visit us at a trade show, it’s our firm belief that you deserve a return on the investment of your valuable time. We welcome your feedback.

First & Foremost: Listen & Learn

Our primary goal at every tradeshow is to listen to, and learn from visitors to our booth. If we don’t learn about the challenges a prospective customer faces, we can’t possibly understand how our systems might help them solve their problems. To be sure, analyzing a stormwater facility can be a complex equation, taking into account atmospheric, fleet, rainwater and runoff disposition of pollutants, inbound/outbound (both forklift and vehicular) tracking of pollutants, and legacy material in the underground system. Add to this the challenge of accurate testing at mission critical points in the system, and one can appreciate how difficult it is to isolate a pollutant source, and treat stormwater effectively. That’s why we listen carefully, and ask questions (and follow-up questions) throughout our one-on-one interactions.

An “Earned Opportunity” To Inform & Educate

Only after listening carefully, and learning everything we can about our visitor’s challenge(s) have we “earned” the opportunity to share our perspective, and the unique features and competitive advantages of our products. People are often surprised to hear, for example, that all of our MTDs have patented testing ports; that our patented MetalZorb product is unique in the industry; and that we custom blend filtration media to solve specific filtration challenges. Every interaction is also an opportunity to anticipate future challenges a customer might face. For example, new permits increasingly call for lower bench-marking and higher water quality standards, so even if we help a permit holder achieve compliance under their current permit, we also anticipate how we can help them “up their game” in order to comply under the terms of a renewed permit.

“We send our best, most experience people to every trade show because we understand the value of the one-on-one interaction. We often learn about new and unique challenges from customers in our own “backyard” as well as challenges that might be unique to a different part of the country with ever changing and evolving regulatory and environmental conditions. When you visit us, you’ll find problem solving partners that approach each interaction with complete transparency and free sharing of knowledge and ideas. That’s a promise.”

Matthew Moulton, General Manager - CleanWay Environmental Partners, Inc.

The Trade Show Calendar

As you can see from the list below, our trade show schedule keeps us busy planning, producing, traveling or exhibiting virtually year-round. At the same time, we realize the commitment is vitally important. Trade shows give us the opportunity to learn, to network and to connect with our customers and prospects one-on-one.

If you attend any of the shows below, we look forward to seeing you. If you’ve thought about attending, and would like our perspective on the benefits of being an exhibitor or attendee, please click through to our contact page here, and we’ll be happy to relate our experiences and share our thoughts:

SWS Conference, Tinley Park, IL, November 13 – 15, 2018

NEBC Oregon, Portland, OR, December 11 - 12, 2018

NEBC Washington, Tacoma, WA, March 6, 2019

Waste Expo, Las Vegas, NV, May 6 – 9, 2019

Ohio Stormwater Conference, Sharonville, OH, May 8 – 10, 2019

NEBC Oregon, Salem, OR, June 19, 2019

StormCon, Atlanta, GA, August 18 – 22, 2019

WEFTEC, Chicago, IL, September 23 – 25, 2019

CASQA, Monterey, CA, October 7 – 9, 2019

Opportunity Assessment

As you know from your own trade show experience, each show has its own focus each year, its own audience, its own personality, and its own opportunity set. WEFTEC, for example, is one of the largest trade shows in the world for the stormwater industry, with attendees exceeding 20,000 each year. When one considers that WEFTEC membership is almost double that number, marketing to the membership base through the show’s digital offerings (email blasts, social media announcements, etc.) makes a lot of sense.

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When you reach potential customers through show channels, even if they won’t be attending the show, you are now on their “radar screen”, and you’ve created an opportunity for a future conversation. As an exhibitor, refining and adding to your booth keeps it fresh and creates unexpected opportunities. At WEFTEC18, we won the “Best Inline Booth” award for “clear messaging and benefit statement supported throughout the space”. The award was posted on the WEFTEC website and on their Twitter account, and that gave us an opportunity, post show, to engage in a social conversation. So while each show is an opportunity to engage one-on-one, in group settings and technical sessions in the physical space, it’s an opportunity to engage in the digital space as well — before, during and after the show. We take the time to look at the whole trade show mechanism, and discus internally the cost/benefit of investing in the communication channels offered by each show. In the case of digital opportunities, we look at how the show’s digital offerings (advertising, social media, email announcements, etc.) might tie into our own digital enterprise.

Our consistent attendance at the SWS Conference and our long standing relationship with Stormwater Solutions Magazine, both as an advertiser and a participant in their digital Storefront program is a good example of leveraging a long term relationship and linkage to digital opportunities associated with the Conference. We’ve found that it’s always a good idea to ask about existing customer programs, discounts and advertiser/show programs to leverage our advertising investment.

With over 25 years of experience, CleanWay Environmental Partners is dedicated to providing clients with affordable stormwater runoff solutions. Located in Portland, OR, our skilled staff is committed to serving customers nationwide with first-rate catch basin filters, downspout filtration units, and heavy metals extraction products. Call (800) 723-1373 to request a quote and to learn more about how we can help you comply with environmental regulations.



Stormwater Maintenance Big Picture

Maintenance of stormwater Manufactured Treatments Devices (MTDs) is fundamental to the success of your Best Management Practices (BMP) plan. The good news is that effective stormwater filtration device maintenance is not difficult to do, and not difficult to teach. It is, however, critically important that if the work is done “in-house” by an employee, that the employee is not only properly trained, but understands what is at stake for the company in terms of compliance, perception of neighbors, workplace pride, safety and other considerations. This excerpt from the EPA’s NPDES website sums up the scope of an otherwise straightforward, but mission critical activity:

"All stormwater management systems, whether gray or green, require maintenance. Appropriate operation and maintenance activities ensure that stormwater practices will continue to function properly and yield expected water quality and environmental benefits, protect public safety, meet legal standards, and protect communities' financial investment."

If you choose to work with a stormwater filtration MTD maintenance contractor, Be sure that your contractor is ATT (Alternative Treatment Technologies) and O&M (Operations and Maintenance) certified. Ideally, your contractor will have experience maintaining the devices currently installed at your facility, and have a long lasting and close working relationship with the manufacturer of those devices. In the Northwest, CleanWay has worked with River City Environmental, Inc. for many years. To view the full scope of River City’s stormwater services, you can click through to that section of their website here. If you are outside of the northwest, River City is a good example of the kind of company you want to work with. It’s important to note that your stormwater filtration MTDs are named in your Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), so your maintenance logs should name the manufacturer, and the type of MTD (catch basin, curb inlet, downspout, etc.) used at each facility location. Maintenance should include keeping a log of the amount of sediment collected and the date of removal.

“We work with industrial stormwater permit holders, in addition to engineering and environmental consulting firms, in all 50 states. If you have a question about stormwater filtration maintenance, we welcome the opportunity to speak to you, even if you’re not currently a CleanWay customer. Our highly credentialed staff has almost a century of stormwater management and filtration experience and we’re here to help.”

Matthew Moulton, General Manager - CleanWay Environmental Partners

In-House Employee Orientation & Training

Assigning a trusted employee to perform stormwater filtration device (MTD) maintenance is a great opportunity for that employee to learn about an important, but often invisible aspect of facility operation, contribute to the company and position themselves for greater responsibility through exemplary performance. At CleanWay, we’ve gone to great lengths to make maintenance of our stormwater filtration systems simple and easy for one person. Proper maintenance ensures compliance, makes the facility look better, smell better and engenders a sense of pride in ownership and workmanship. It also makes for a good neighbor, which is an important consideration. Employee awareness of the “big picture” should impress upon them the importance of the task they’re assigned. Naturally, it’s up to management to decide how much information to share, but it may be useful to share with your dedicated maintenance employee or team the purpose and requirements of the applicable NPDES parameters, an overview of your SWPPP and your BMP so they understand how their assignments fit into overall compliance. When it comes to training, CleanWay provides materials lists for each of our filtration devices, and we have a series of videos on our stormwater filtration device maintenance. To view the videos on our website, please click here.

What is the recommended frequency for maintenance?

We recommend monthly inspections, which are required for most permit holders. Visual inspections provide the clues so you know when it’s time for maintenance:

• The strainer insert is dirty and debris has accumulated in the strainer

• The water level in the strainer rises above normal levels—which is seen during rain events

• Water sampling shows water quality decay or degradation

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How is stormwater maintenance done?

Cleaning your CleanWay catch basin can be done with a Vactor® truck or manually, completed by one person.

• First, remove the grate to access the catch basin

• Second, remove the strainer using the handle. Empty and clean the strainer in an approved receptacle. 

To perform maintenance on the filter element, a Vactor truck, vacuum truck street sweeper or large shop vac can all be used to remove accumulated pollutants and debris. Once the pollutants are removed, dispose the used filter element and install a new replacement element. Re-install the cleaned ridged strainer and place the grate back over the complete filter assembly taking care not to damage the gasket or dislodge the sample port plug. Check with your local disposal company for the best disposal options of accumulated pollutants.

How often does the Filtration Fabric element need to be replaced?

We recommend installing a new Filtration Fabric element at the start of your rainy season. For example, a new element in the northwest is installed in early October. Once the leaves have fallen around the end of November, we replace the element again. This second element may last through the remainder of the rainy season. The life of the filter element depends on the condition of the pavement, volume and type of traffic, the area of pavement that the filter serves and the weather conditions. To perform at its best, the filter element should be replaced regularly if exposed to oily grit. Filtration Fabric elements are very inexpensive and easy to replace. Simple visual inspection of the filters on a monthly basis is all that is usually required to determine if the element needs to be replaced. We encourage replacing the element at the first indication it’s becoming clogged. To view our high-efficiency filtration element options, please click here.

With over 25 years of experience, CleanWay Environmental Partners is dedicated to providing clients with affordable stormwater runoff solutions. Located in Portland, OR, our skilled staff is committed to serving customers nationwide with first-rate catch basin filters, downspout filtration units, premium leachate treatments, and heavy metals extraction products. Call (800) 723-1373 to request a quote and to learn more about how we can help you comply with environmental regulations.



How CleanWay Helps Industrial Stormwater Permit Holders With Compliance Issues In A No-Obligation Advisory Role

We help hundreds of clients and scores of engineering and environmental consulting firms each year to meet industrial stormwater permit requirements. In doing so, we often take a no-obligation advisory role with prospective customers who are facing complex challenges around atmospheric, fleet, rainwater and runoff disposition of pollutants, and of inbound/outbound facility (both forklift and vehicular) tracking of pollutants — even if they don’t currently use our products.


We Can Help Meet The Challenge of Re-Permitting & Higher Water Quality Standards

New permits increasingly call for lower benchmarking and higher water quality standards, so even if a permit holder may be in compliance under their current permit, they will have to “up their game” in order to comply under the terms of a renewed permit. We’ve consulted on many projects where the permit holder has been in compliance for the capture of zinc (Zn), copper (Cu) and lead (Pb), but need to reduce aluminum (Al), as is the case in many jurisdictions, in order to qualify for a new permit.

“In 1980, I owned and operated an industrial scale recycling operation. I was increasingly concerned about stormwater runoff into the stream adjacent to our property. I spoke to my peers, other engineers and regulatory contacts and their advice and shared knowledge led to the beginnings of CleanWay Environmental Partners and the stormwater solutions we offer today. Our willingness to share our expertise is grounded in that early experience of open dialogue to achieve the common goal of environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance. It’s a philosophy we put into practice every day.”

Steve McInnis, Founder & President - CleanWay Environmental Partners


25 Years of Innovation, Knowledge & Responsiveness Is A Phone Call Away

When you call, you’ll speak to experts in the stormwater management field. You’ll find complete transparency and free sharing of knowledge and ideas from the CleanWay “brain trust” that includes CleanWay’s founder (a holder of 20 patents for stormwater treatment and water purification technologies), in addition to our sales engineers who are experts in stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), water chemistry and environmental engineering. Collectively, our highly credentialed staff has almost a century of stormwater management and filtration experience.

CleanWay works with scores of engineering and environmental consulting firms nationally. That includes firms that assist customers to meet NPDES permitting requirements. We enjoy talking to engineers (we have them on staff) and they’re quick to integrate our products into their plans to meet client challenges.”

 Matthew Moulton, General Manager - CleanWay Environmental Partners

These Are Some of The Questions We’re Commonly Asked:

• What are the costs and turn-around of your products? Our products are competitively priced. Our catch basins are custom fabricated to each customer’s unique specifications. All products are manufactured in our Portland, OR facility using CNC technology and the highest quality materials. Turn-around time is typically 10 days. You can find the forms to fill out for catch basin fabrication using this link to our website.

What is the frequency of maintenance? Monthly inspections, which are required for most permit holders, provide visual clues when it’s time for maintenance: a) when the rigid strainer insert is dirty and debris has accumulated in the strainer, b) when the water level in the strainer rises above normal levels—which is seen during rain events, c) when water samples taken from the unit show water quality decay or degradation. We recommend replacement of Adsorb-it filtration elements at the beginning of each rainy season. Naturally, maintenance will be predicated upon adherence to other Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP) protocols. For answers to other frequently asked questions, click here

• Can you work with our engineering and/or environmental consulting firm? Yes, we work with scores of engineering and environmental consulting firms nationally. That includes firms that assist customers to meet NPDES permitting requirements. We enjoy talking to engineers (we have them on staff) and they’re quick to integrate our products into their plans to meet client challenges. In fact, we’ve been asked to participate in studies by consulting and industrial research entities that highlighted the superior performance of our products. To view one such study conducted by Environmental Compliance Services, Inc. (ECS), in association with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP), click here.


These Are Some of The Questions We Commonly Ask Prospective Customers:

What pollutants are you trying to remove, and do you have a record of stormwater analysis that you can share with us? It’s quite common for customers and prospective customers to share permit and analysis specifics with us, and we take the time to review that data in order to provide the best, most expedient solution to their specific challenge. We have experience helping customers in all 50 states, and it’s very rare that we encounter a challenge we haven’t addressed in the past.

What type of fleet traffic do you have? Fleet traffic represents significant potential disposition of pollutants. Vehicles capture and transport atmospheric pollutants that can be deposited on your hardscape. Additionally, the grinding of tires deposits zinc, and the application of brakes deposits copper. Forklift track-out can also be a pollutant contributor.

What is the surrounding environment? Any facility near a major roadway or railroad right of way is subject to atmospheric disposition of pollutants. Likewise, adjacent facilities (even if they’re not required to hold a permit, like a storage facility), can be a source of sheet runoff from metal buildings. The unfortunate reality for many of our customers is this: When it hits the ground, you own it. Fortunately, CleanWay has vast experience and a whole suite of products that can be deployed to meet virtually any stormwater management challenge.


With over 25 years of experience, CleanWay Environmental Partners is dedicated to providing clients with affordable stormwater runoff solutions. Located in Portland, OR, our skilled staff is committed to serving customers nationwide with first-rate catch basin filters, downspout filtration units, premium leachate treatments, and heavy metals extraction services. Call (800) 723-1373 to request a quote and to learn more about how we can help you comply with environmental regulations.

Stormwater Industry Leading Downspout Filtration from CleanWay


If There’s a Mysterious Gap in Your Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs): LOOK UP!

When we think of stormwater runoff, we most often look down. That’s where the water is, coursing over paved hardscapes and into inlets, basins and non-specific channeled conveyances. Stormwater is a surface contamination issue, first underfoot and then underground. Right?

Rooftops: A Significant, and Often Overlooked, Source of Stormwater Pollutants and Heavy Metals Runoff

Rooftops often represent a large percentage of an industrial site’s hardscape footprint, as much as 25% or more. They’re also collectors and incubators of a wide range of pollutants and dissolved heavy metals that can impact post-construction stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) industrial and non-industrial permit requirements. It’s not just the dissolved zinc from galvanized rooftop HVAC equipment, moss inhibitors and abrasion resistance coatings that pose a challenge. It’s also environmental deposition of dissolved copper and lead from neighboring properties or nearby roadways where copper is found in brake linings and lead is found in tire weights. When you consider the collection of organic matter, including dead birds, squirrels and insects, a rooftop is often an incubator for viruses and pathogenic bacteria that attach themselves to suspended solids resulting in toxic turbidity.

“Our downspout filtration system is just one of the creative ways we help our industrial and commercial partners meet the challenges of stormwater filtration. In fact, it’s part of a whole suite of stromwater filtration products that we’ve created, patented and are able to adapte for each customers specific needs.”

Matthew Moulton, General Manager, CleanWay Environmental Partners


High Capacity, Dry/Wet Configuration and Verifiable Performance

CleanWay recognized the need for rooftop stormwater and downspout filtration over 20 years ago. As a result, we’ve continuously refined our downspout filtration system (also referred to as roof drain filters, gutter drain filters or rainwater filters) to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Unlike inline options, which require cutting and fitting of the existing downspout, our units are free standing, easily accessible for maintenance and cleaning and incorporate a patented water sampling port for verifiable filtration performance. Two levels of outlet openings allow the unit to be run in either a dry (where vector control is a concern) or wet configuration (to increase removal rates with additional contact time).

“All Surface Filtration”, Maximum Volume and Dual Filtration Sets CleanWay Apart

When you’re investigating a downspout filtration system, consider that our filtration vessel is six (6) to eight (8) times larger in volume than inline systems. Then take into account that our rigid strainer is completely covered by a site-specific absorption media envelop to maximize contact with stormwater runoff — virtually eliminating unfiltered water in high volume bypass scenarios: Here’s how it works: Our absorption media section incorporates a flexible open mesh fabric envelope with a specialized media blend suspended from the support assembly and fitted into the basin so all influent passes through both strainer and filtration media before exiting to the downstream conduit. The combination of gross solids removal via the strainer and the absorption / filtration in the media section virtually eliminates heavy metals, suspended solids, turbidity and other pollutants. Our site-specific filtration elements include:

  1. Rigid Strainer: Trash & Debris (sized to capture particles down to 3.2 mm)
  2. Geotextile Element: Sediment & TSS
  3. Adsorb-It Element: Oil & Hydrocarbons
  4. Vermiculite Media: Dissolved Zinc Only
  5. MetalZorb Media: Dissolved Heavy Metals

“We named our company advisedly; CleanWay Environmental Partners is all about the partnership between the industrial site permit holder, their engineering firm or specifier and CleanWay Environmental. We offer our clients a deep reservoir of applied technology across a wide spectrum of water treatment solutions. If you have a unique water treatment of filtration challenge, we invite your inquiry.”

Steve McInnis, President, CleanWay Environmental Partners

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Ease of Installation, Configuration, Maintenance & Testing

Our attractive, non-obtrusive downspout filtration systems are easy to install, simply place it next to your downspout and “plug it in.” Available in standard or custom configurations, our downspout filters fit the side of any building, and can be connected on the right or left side, depending on your site configuration. Because rooftop runoff can contain many different pollutants of concern, we help you to determine the best media blend for your application. For ease of cleaning and filter replacement, the top lid can be locked in an open position so a single operator can service the unit by hand or by Vactor truck. Applications include:

  1. Industrial roofs (including permitted Industrial Users (IU), Significant Industrial Users (SIU), Categorical Industrial Users (CIU)
  2. Commercial roofs
  3. High rise buildings
  4. Parking structures
  5. Mixed use buildings

With over 25 years of experience, CleanWay Environmental Partners is dedicated to providing clients with affordable stormwater runoff solutions. Located in Portland, OR, our skilled staff is committed to serving customers nationwide with first-rate catch basin filters, downspout filtration units, premium leachate treatments, and heavy metals extraction products. Call (800) 723-1373 to request a quote and to learn more about how we can help you comply with environmental regulations.

Pilot Program Yields California Certification for CleanWay’s Curb Inlet and Drop Inlet Filtration Systems


When the City of Riverside, CA searched for solutions to meet California’s Trash Amendments* for stormwater, they approached CleanWay Environmental Partners to conduct a pilot program for Full Capture Trash Treatment Control Devices. We were singled out based on our long experience and strong reputation nationally for solving stormwater filtration, metals removal and wastewater treatment challenges.

Innovative, Modular Curb Inlet & Drop Inlet Filtration Systems

Our partnership with the City of Riverside specifically addressed the development of innovative, modular Curb Inlet and Drop Inlet Filtration Systems. To meet the rigid California standards, our systems are scalable to meet peak flowrates regardless of inlet size; trap all particles down to the 5mm level; does not bypass trash and eliminates upstream diversion. Unlike other systems, the CleanWay solution maximizes catch basin drainage, depriving mosquitoes of breeding habitat, a critical criteria for certification.

“We strive always to design and manufacture products that are useful, practical and deliver long-lasting utility. It’s been our great privilege to work with the Riverside team, and to join the exclusive list of manufactures with products that meet the rigid California Trash Amendments standards.”
Bridget Garlinghouse, EIT, CleanWay Environmental Partners

Maximum Capacity, Modular & Scalable by Design

The CleanWay systems address several key design considerations: The filtration units perform in heavy commercial and residential use urban environments with high trash volumes and under historically high storm flow rates; they fit curb inlets ranging from 10’ to 30’ in length; and the filtration basins are scalable to manage varying volumes at each existing inlet structure.

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Unique Challenges Met & Expectations Exceeded

Significantly, the CleanWay system is comprised entirely of perforated stainless steel that folds flat to fit into the narrow inlet opening — then unfolds inside the existing basin structure to occupy virtually the entire existing catch basin volume. The structural rigidity of our system maintains trash catch basin volume under maximum trash/water loading, unlike flexible mesh systems and other inferior alternatives. An integrated, under curb rail system allows the stainless catch baskets to slide out of the way for access to the existing inlet and basin structure and associated piping for ease of maintenance and repair. Our fold flat design also reduces shipping costs, and resolves storage and delivery-to-site issues.

"This was a perfect opportunity for us to apply the knowledge, problem solving ability and fabrication expertise we've applied to similar non-point pollution and stormwater trash abatement challenges in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for over 20 years. Every project is a chance to innovate and refine our products in collaboration with our municipal, state, industrial and commercial partners, and the Riverside project was an exemplary case in point."
Matthew Moulton, General Manager, CleanWay Environmental Partners

CleanWay’s Curb Inlet and Drop Inlet Filtration Systems are manufactured at our Portland, OR facility, ship nationally and can be installed by certified installers in virtually all jurisdictions.

With over 25 years of experience, CleanWay Environmental Partners is dedicated to providing clients with affordable stormwater runoff solutions. Located in Portland, OR, our skilled staff is committed to serving customers nationwide with first-rate catch basin filters, downspout filtration units, premium leachate treatments, and heavy metals extraction services. Call (800) 723-1373 to request a quote and to learn more about how we can help you comply with environmental regulations.

*In 2015, the State Water Board adopted an Amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for Ocean Waters of California (Ocean Plan) to Control Trash and Part 1 Trash Provision of the Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries (ISWEBE Plan). Together, they are collectively referred to as 'the Trash Amendments'. The project objective for the Trash Amendments is to provide statewide consistency for the Water Boards' regulatory approach to protect aquatic life and public health, and to reduce environmental issues associated with trash in state waters.

How Do Catch Basin Filters and Inserts Work?

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As part of a storm drain system, catch basins—as well as catch basin insertsand filters—prevent the accumulation of standing water and flooding. These features prevent water from pooling on roadways, fields, parking lots, or other surfaces. They also can be used to remove contaminants from stormwater runoff, keeping water sources clean. Below are some things you should know about these systems. 

How Does a Catch Basin Work?

When constructing drainage systems, catch basins must be installed properly to function well. The grate should be even with the surface of the ground and connect to a belowground compartment. Stormwater will run into the compartment below and through the outlet pipe that drains the water.

The number of storm drains, required for efficient drainage depends on how much water can be expected during peak periods. For instance, in areas where snowmelt creates a high amount of water, more basins will be necessary. The slope of the ground and the average amount of rainfall will also affect this number.

What Are Catch Basin Inserts & Filters?

Catch basin inserts are used to capture and retain stormwater pollutants. The inserts use a strainer and catch basin filters to remove debris, including heavy metals, sediments, and trash. This pre-treatment removes contaminants from storm water runoff, meeting environmental standards. They can be inserted retroactively or during initial construction of the system, offering a solution to problems that may otherwise pollute water sources and make your company fail water quality standards. 

If your business or municipality requires these stormwater treatment systems, reach out to CleanWay Environmental Partners in Portland, Oregon. For more than 20 years, we’ve been helping businesses across the nation comply with water quality regulations. Our team of professionals will even show you how to maintain and care for your catch basin inserts and filters. Give us a call today at (800) 723-1373 for more information, or visit us online to learn more. 

5 Ways Heavy Metals and Chemicals can Contaminate Stormwater Runoff


As rainwater travels down roofs and roads, stormwater runoff mixes with pollutants found on artificial surfaces before flowing into basins, rivers, and lakes. Capable of contaminating drinking water, killing marine life, and destroying natural habitats, stormwater runoff needs to be dealt with properly. With pollution problems on the rise, now is the optimal time for property owners and corporations to prevent pollution through responsible stormwater management. Learn about common sources of contamination below. 

5 Things That Can Pollute Stormwater Runoff

1. Auto Emissions

Car emissions are one of the most common causes of stormwater runoff contamination. For instance, when a leaking car discharges oil onto the street, this fluid can seep into soil or get washed down storm drains. As a result, auto emissions can introduce petrol, diesel, nitrogen, and other toxins into water sources.

2. Rooftop Runoff

When it rains, precipitation flows off of roofs and onto the ground. As water drips down these surfaces, it mingles with aluminum, alloys, and other rooftop sediments. Hazards occur when this tainted stormwater runoff affects the soil and surrounding vegetation.  

3. Septic Systems

When septic systems are not routinely pumped, sewage can build up inside of their pipes. Over time, the pressure caused by this congestion can force waste out of the plumbing and into the streets. This sewage carries bacteria that can seep into nearby bodies of water.

4. Pesticides

Stormwater runoff can also carry herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides. Although these chemicals are safe for field applications, if they are introduced into new environments by rainwater, they can cause issues for vegetation and animal life. 

5. Waste Disposal

The improper disposal of waste can contaminate stormwater. Rather than recycling, some construction company trucks will discard wood, metals, and other materials down storm drains. Consequently, stormwater runoff can carry trash and debris directly into the ocean.

With over 25 years of experience, CleanWay Environmental Partners is dedicated to providing clients with affordable stormwater runoff solutions. Located in Portland, OR, our skilled staff is committed to serving customers nationwide with first-rate catch basin filters, downspout filtration units, premium leachate treatments, and heavy metals extraction services. Call (800) 723-1373 to request a quote and to learn more about how we can help you comply with environmental regulations. 

How Heavy Metals Extraction Solutions Eliminate Zinc From Stormwater

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State and local regulatory agencies require industrial facilities to control the runoff of harmful pollutants from their sites, including lead, mercury, and zinc. While eliminating sources of contamination is ideal, this can be nearly impossible on some industrial sites, which is why stormwater runoff filtration is so important. CleanWay Environmental Partners in Portland, OR, specializes in effective heavy metal extraction products proven to eliminate zinc, which can be especially difficult to remove

Why Zinc Is Difficult to Eliminate

Unlike mercury and other heavy metals, zinc can originate from a wide variety of sources. Galvanized metal coatings on metal roofs and fences, for example, will deteriorate over time, releasing dissolved zinc into stormwater runoff. Forklift tires and evaporated motor oil are also common sources of zinc, so your facility may be exceeding environmental regulations even if you don’t use heavy metals in your manufacturing processes. The number of potential sources makes zinc especially difficult to contain, so heavy metal extraction at the drainage system entry point is often the best approach.

How CleanWay Environmental Partners Can Help

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As industry leaders in advanced stormwater filtration systems, CleanWay Environmental Partners provides a variety of innovative options designed to trap zinc. MetalZorb is a sponge medium that captures zinc and other metals without impeding the flow of water or requiring a backflow system. When inserted into a filtration insert, MetalZorb offers a low-maintenance option to help your commercial facility maintain regulatory compliance while protecting your local water supply from heavy metal contamination.

With over 25 years of experience and a reputation for excellence, CleanWay Environmental Partners has the expertise and cutting-edge materials to create efficient, effective stormwater treatment solutions designed to meet your needs. We understand that each facility faces different heavy metal extraction challenges, and we are committed to helping you overcome them.

How CleanWay Helps Manage Stormwater Runoff


Federal guidelines require municipal governments and commercial facilities to protect local water supplies by properly disposing of pollutants and managing stormwater runoff. Without high-quality equipment and careful design, rainwater can overwhelm drainage systems, pushing heavy metals, oils, and other contaminants into rivers, streams, and other water sources. For over 25 years, CleanWay Environmental Partners has helped clients throughout Oregon manage their stormwater runoff and protect sensitive ecosystems. Below, we share how. 

How CleanWay Environmental Partners Meets Stormwater Regulations

While stormwater overflow cannot always be prevented, it can be cleaned of pollutants with advanced filters. Cleanway produces cutting-edge adaptive filtration systems custom-designed to fit any size or shape of catch basin, designed to meet all state and federal regulations and suited for use in a variety of applications. Our filtration systems also feature scalable options, meeting the needs of even large municipalities and industrial sites. Our stormwater treatment experts can also produce filters from a variety of media, allowing them to meet your site-specific needs.

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The key to CleanWay Environmental Partners’ success is our dedication to working closely with each of our clients. No industry faces the same challenges in meeting runoff regulations. Whether your operation is dealing with dissolved heavy metals, or you’re working to mitigate the presence of other contaminants, our stormwater team will develop customized solutions to meet your water quality goals.

CleanWay Environmental Partners has been helping clients throughout Oregon and across the nation stay within National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) standards for nearly three decades. Each of our products is custom-designed to meet your individual needs and individually treated to prevent corrosion and rust. Call (800) 723-1373 to speak to an experienced stormwater consultant, and follow our Facebook or Twitter for more news and updates.

How MetalZorb Combats Heavy Metal Contamination

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The Dangers of Heavy Metal Contamination

When water is contaminated with heavy metals, it becomes a danger to both the environment and human health. It’s important to take steps to ensure the safety of your company’s runoff water so that you meet environmental code. With MetalZorb, an absorbent filtration medium, heavy metals in runoff water are targeted and removed. CleanWay Environmental Partners, Inc. of Portland, OR offers filtration products that meet EPA and NPDES regulations for removing pollutants from urban and industrial stormwater. Below, our experts share some things you should know about controlling heavy metals. 

What Are Heavy Metals?

Heavy metals are a common byproduct of many industrial activities. While some metals are necessary for a healthy life, such as iron and zinc, others can be dangerous, particularly if someone is frequently exposed to them. Dangerous heavy metals include mercury, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, lead, and hexavalent chromium. Lesser exposure for civilians can occur through water, food, and air. Industries that use or produce these metals are more likely to create risk through stormwater runoff.

Stormwater pollution occurs when debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants from urban areas and construction sites get washed into storm drains and flows directly into water bodies. Uncontrolled stormwater discharges containing heavy metals from factories can pose significant threats to public health and the environment.

Why Are Heavy Metals Dangerous?

Long-term exposure to low levels of heavy metals can occur in industrial workplaces. This exposure sometimes leads to chronic heavy metal poisoning, which is difficult to treat when identified. Symptoms such as headaches, muscle, and joint pains, and weakness can occur. Too much contact with heavy metals can be detrimental to human health, and in some cases lead to death.

Additionally, The Clean Water Act requires that industrial facilities, construction sites, and municipal separate storm sewer systems have measures in place to prevent stormwater from being discharged with heavy metals into nearby waterways. Violation of EPA regulations can lead to very costly legal fees and fines.


90% Reduction of Heavy Metals in 20 Seconds

How Does MetalZorb Help?

MetalZorb is designed for heavy metals extraction. It’s a light, high capacity sponge that absorbs and traps metallic ions from flowing water. MetalZorb is placed in a filter vessel or filtration insert, and can be customized to treat known metals contaminating runoff water from a specific facility. In just 20 seconds, the heavy metal content of any water source can be reduced by 90%.

CleanWay Environmental Partners, Inc. has been dedicated to bringing company’s runoff water up to code for over 25 years. We offer a wide variety of stormwater filtration products unique to your company’s needs, from catch basin filtration inserts for your storm drain to absorption booms for clean waterways. For more information, call us at (800) 723-1373 or email To view our full range of products, visit our website.