Why do shrimp taste so good?

It's the "Golden Water"  used for farming  shrimp.

The salt water stock is referred to as "Brine" and "Golden Water",  rich with nutrients and energy for the pacific white shrimp according to Florida Organic Aquaculture, LLC. It provides a natural source of nutrients and qualities  to a controlled shrimp raising  process.  It will be  harvested from a water treatment facility and stored in a 10,000 gallon poly tank. The shrimp farm will pump the 'brine' from the tank to a truck which will transport the golden water to the shrimp farm.

The project consisted of an aluminum angle berm whose purpose would be to  catch any spill of the brine during the transfer from the tank to a truck used to transport the brine. The berm was spec'd to contain 110% of the tank contents and measured 15' x 50'. It was fitted with a valve that could be opened to release any rain water that collected during the life of the project. Standing water in the berm would not only delay the extraction time of the brine but could also enable the breeding of mosquitoes.  The aluminum angle frames would be removed from one end of the berm in order for the truck to enter after which they would be replaced to ensure the berm captured any over spill or leaks from the pumping process of the brine from the tank to the truck.  An underlayment of geotextile was also used under the berm to reduce punctures and damage to the berm from rocks or other ground debris. Additionally, plywood "runners" and additional geotextile was suggested to be used to create a "track" for the path of the truck tires. This will help to prevent punctures or other damage to the berm. It was also recommended that the driver brush or clean any debris from the trucks tire tread before entering the berm.

The tank was a 10k gallon poly tank with a 24" vented manway  opening on the top and a release valve fitting  at the bottom front of tank.

GEI Works installed the berm in place prior to the delivery of the tank which was set in place using a crane.

Filtering stormwater and protecting the Indian River.

It’s refreshing to see sustainable environmental products used right here in our own back yard. GEI Works manufactures and ships environmental products all over the world; however, there is a special sense of pride when we see our products being used in our home town of Sebastian,Florida.

“They’re working great” says Chris Pinson of PinsonContractor Services of Sebastian, FL. He’s referring to the Taurus brand of over-the-grate filters manufactured by GEI Works, Inc. It’s challenging for construction companies to keep soil laden  stormwater, and pollutants from exiting the job site during construction, not to mention during Florida’s frequent storm events. Even with the best perimeter practices in play, there will inevitably be natural events that cause site discharge and runoff to escape.

We have to think “outside the box” or “outside the site perimeter”, if you will, when it comes to protecting our lakes, rivers and streams. When storm drains are taxed with debris, soil, sediment and trash, they are defenseless in preventing these aggregates from entering estuaries.  Stormwater drains are meant for rain, which is why we have designed the Taurus Over Grate Filter to reduce pollutants from entering storm drains.

Chris is working on a project to provide additional parking in a busy area next to the Indian River in Sebastian, FL. There are a number of popular restaurants along the river bank on Indian River Drive including Tiki Bar, Captain Hiram’s, Squid Lips and Mulligans. This job site is on undeveloped property, which makes soil disruption a necessary element of development. Chris states “The city of Sebastian is very focused on protecting the Indian River from unwanted nutrients due to site run-off. They love the Taurus over grate filters. As a contractor, I like that the product works and is easy to install. What’s more, it makes the inspectors happy”.

Pictured below: The Taurus Over Grate Filter fits over the top of the stormwater drain grate. It allows water to flow into the storm drain while filtering sediment and debris. These filters are currently protecting the storm drains located downstream from the above mentioned construction site. Taurus Under Grate Filters are equally effective and available for high traffic construction areas.  Equally capable, Taurus Curb Inlet Filters catch debris inside curb drains.

For more than a decade, GEI Works, Inc. has been providing quality made products to the construction industry, emergency response agencies, spill clean up companies and many others. GEI Works, Inc. is proud to be an environmentally conscience company, and proud to call Sebastian, Florida home.

For more information about GEI Works, Inc., visit www.GEIWorks.com
To contact Chris Pinson of Pinson Contractor Services, LLC., email Chris at CPinsonCS@gmail.com

Marine Debris Removal Grant Opportunity

We’ve all seen it: Unsightly and harmful piles of plastic bottles, trash and other debris floating in the water and on the shoreline.  It’s an increasing problem, rearing its head as cosmetic eyesores along shorelines, and silently killing marine animals and ecosystems below the water’s surface.

Thankfully, there’s an increasing awareness forming; educating and alerting the public to the harmful impact of debris and what can be done to mitigate it. 

Supporting US based marine cleanup efforts, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program has announced their 10th annual “Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grant Opportunity.”  In 2015 they awarded almost 1.4 million dollars between 13 organizations to support water clean-up projects. This year, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is prepared to award 2 million dollars to “locally-driven, marine debris assessment and removal projects that will benefit coastal habitat, waterways and NOAA trust resources”.

This grant opportunity comes from the Marine Debris Program within NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Their mission is to increase public awareness and education of marine debris issues to identify and prevent debris pollution in our water sources. Whether you’re concerned about marine debris affecting aquatic underwater life, or the visible shoreline blemishes above water, opportunities like these are crucial for local initiatives to drive action and awareness.

You can read more here on NOAA’s Blog:

(For more about the effects of water pollution and prevention, see: water pollution solutions)   

If, like GEI Works, your organization is dedicated to the conservation of marine habitats, waterway cleanup efforts, or raising public education and awareness on the importance of debris removal, we encourage you to apply for this funding!  

GEI Works, Inc. manufactures products that work, including innovative and custom products for the protection of marine environments.  If we can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Come Join Us at IECA!

GEI Works invites you to stop by Booth #231 at Environmental Connection in San Antonio, TX on February 17, 18, and 19. The International Erosion Control Association will be hosting their premier educational event at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio where 1,500 leaders of the erosion mitigation, sediment control, and stormwater management industry will attend application training courses, topic-focused technical sessions, and the largest expo of its kind. 

GEI Works will be featured at the "Learning Lounge" on Friday from 10:15-10:45 a.m. The Learning Lounge is a forum at which relevant erosion control topics are discussed, and solutions are proposed and explained.  As part of this event, GEI will debut three new stormwater filtration products. Each of these products are practical solutions to common challenges that erosion mitigation, sediment control, and stormwater management professionals face every day.

The new Taurus Over Grate Filter helps keep drain systems clean and free of debris.  It is durable enough to last in the toughest conditions, and its low profile makes it street-sweeper friendly.  It is rugged, convenient, versatile and easily installed by one person, without having to lift or remove heavy drain grates.  It can be used alone or combined with flocculants and absorbents, depending on the waterborne pollutants. 

The Taurus Ditch Check works like a mini check dam wall, slowing water flow while filtering sediment runoff in ditches, swales, and culverts. It has a self rising check dam designed to rise as the water flow increases, and lies nearly flat when there is no flow. The Taurus Ditch Check features an overflow port and built-in handles for easy sediment disposal, and folds flat for convenient storage and transport. 

The new Taurus Curb Inlet Filter prevents stormwater runoff from carrying harmful pollutants unfiltered into a curb drain. Unlike typical curb inlet guards that often create external sediment buildup, the Taurus Curb Inlet Filter allows sediment to flow into the drain where it is collected in a hopper and held until the unit is emptied. There is an overflow port to ensure that water doesn't pool, regardless of how full the hopper becomes. The Taurus Curb Inlet Filter is so low profile that it almost disappears when installed in the mouth of storm drains. 

If you plan on attending Environmental Connection, stop by our booth #231 and say hello. Feel free at any time to contact our product specialists for more product details. 

New Textbook Features Turbidity Curtain Information from GEI Works

Outskirts Press has published a textbook entitled “Erosion Control and Land Restoration,” a compilation of materials designed to educate students and erosion-remediation professionals. GEI Works, Inc. provided the content for Chapter 12: “Design and implementation of turbidity curtains.”

Fighting desertification

The paperback book is the product of its compiler, Pablo A. Garcia-Chevesich, Ph.D. The Chilean native has dedicated his life to fighting the encroachment of global desertification. Garcia-Chevesich is a U.S. Ambassador for UNESCO’s International Sediment Initiative and a board member of the International Erosion Control Association (Western Chapter). He sounds the clarion alarm in his book, pointing out that the world loses 36 football fields’ worth of land to soil erosion every 60 seconds. Some of that loss, he asserts, is permanent. The answer to this growing problem is for people to manage land properly and return the eroded acreage to its normal state when possible.

Accordingly, the book contains chapters about hydrology and storm runoff, soil erosion, and the various methods of resisting desertification.

Turbidity and turbidity curtains

Chapter 12 starts off with a basic definition of turbidity, then advances to more of a technical treatment of remediation tactics. Turbidity becomes a problem when there is an excess of total suspended solids in the water. As the chapter states, “Turbidity strongly affects water quality and, as a consequence, aquatic and terrestrial organisms. Evidence of the negative impacts of high turbidity in the past decades has been a major factor in U.S. environmental resources protection …” (p. 149).

A correctly deployed turbidity curtain promotes government compliance, prevention of fines and shutdowns, and protection of natural habitats.
Types and accessories

The chapter also details the different turbidity curtains used in various conditions:
  • Type 1 curtain, designed for calm water
  • Type 2 curtain, designed for slow-moving water
  • Type 3 curtain, designed for fast-moving water
  • Barge curtain, “a localized and specific turbidity control system designed to keep displaced sediment and solids contained during barge dredging operations” (p. 153).
The chapter includes an outline of the curtain system’s various elements: for example, floatation, tension cable, fabric, ballast, and reefing lines, anchor kits, and lights. The reader will also find information and instruction about installation, deployment, retrieval, maintenance, and inspection.

Book proceeds help the cause

The book is available in both English and Spanish. Proceeds from purchases of “Erosion Control and Land Restoration” go to SOIL Fund of the International Erosion Control Association. The fund promotes the science of erosion and sediment control, and works to improve lives adversely affected by erosion and sedimentation.

“Erosion Control and Land Restoration” is available on Amazon.com here.

Dewatering Products Can Keep Your Project Free of Costly Fines

Despite the economic benefits new housing or other construction projects can bring to a locale, there’s always a potential downside. Exposed soil and reshaped land are subject to erosion from stormwater runoff. All this water can have a disastrous impact on the environment. If unchecked, the flow into storm drains, sewers and trenches often contain such contaminants as sediment, silt, debris and chemical pollutants.

In waterways around the country, sediment pumped out or running off construction sites remains one of the most significant sources of water pollution. Suspended sediment diminishes water clarity, inhibits the growth of aquatic plants and can deprive fish of important food sources. In addition, phosphorus from construction site water often contributes to explosive algae growth. Like most ecological problems, all of these issues can ripple throughout the environment, disrupting sensitive life cycles and ecosystems.

Accordingly, government agencies at the state and federal level have tight standards for the quality of water pumped from sites during dewatering efforts. Contractors who run afoul of those regulations can find themselves in the midst of costly project delays and fines.
Leaving the sediment behind
There are cost-effective ways of accomplishing an environmentally responsible dewatering process. Dewatering bags are a common option to effectively trap silt and sediment while allowing water to escape through the bag’s geotextile material. The sediment-laden water is pumped into ports located on the bags. As the water passes through the bag’s filter fabric, suspended sediment particles are caught in the fabric. The bags fill with sediment over time. After the contents dry out, you can cut the bags open and redistribute the sediment.

GEI Works carries these bags in its Taurus line of dewatering products.
Tubes and socks
Some dewatering projects call for a substantially larger option to accommodate greater quantities of water – for example, the quantities found in agricultural ponds, paper mills, lagoons and aquaculture sites. Dewatering tubes have much larger capacities due to the strength of the woven geotextile material used. They are ideal for applications requiring large volumes of water to be processed.

For small-scale projects, a dewatering sock may be the best choice. The Taurus Dewatering Filter Socks are available in three diameters to fit different discharge pipes: 8-inch, 12-inch and 16-inch. As water passes through the sock, sediment and debris stay behind to help keep these materials from leaving the job site.

Contact GEI Works

There are many options for contractors trying to keep sediment and other pollutants out of waterways. Many can be used in concert with one another. But be sure to use a dewatering solution that’s effective for your particular application. The alternative can be a stiff fine or delay in your work: something nobody wants.

Contact the experts at GEI Works for more information on these products.

Seven Big Benefits of Corrugated Steel Tanks

Having a water storage solution is a critical part of any government emergency plan, a guard against utility failures or contamination of existing resources. Severe weather events, especially floods, can cut off the supply of safe drinking water to large populations. That’s where tanks play an important role. They dispense urgently needed water during crisis situations, quickly and reliably.

Above-ground tanks come in a wide range of materials, such as fiberglass, plastic, and steel. Some are collapsible, such as pillow tanks and onion tanks. These are good choices for fold-able, easy-to-store tanks that can come out at a moment’s notice.

Corrugated steel tanks, on the other hand, are a fixed, more permanent option.

Benefits of steel

There are many advantages to these galvanized storage tanks that make them the preferred solution in various applications. They are an excellent choice, not only for emergencies, but also on construction sites where they meet fire suppression requirements. Additionally, they often function as a means of rainwater collection and storage.

Corrugated steel tanks are easy to construct. Two technicians can usually erect one in a day’s time. The distinct benefits of these tanks include:
  1. Long life: Corrugated steel tanks have much greater lifespan than tanks made of plastic or concrete, which is why the ones available at GEI Works carry a 20-year warranty. Their durability and resistance to rust help give them superior longevity. With steel corrugated tanks, there’s no sensitivity to UV rays that break down other materials over time. The tanks stay in use after other products have long exceeded their lifecycles.
  2. Toughness: These tanks resist a number of environmental factors that can damage other models. The corrugated steel construction stands up well against high winds (up to 165 miles per hour), winter storms and even seismic activity. Such ruggedness is an important quality during disasters, when weather can exert great stress. The tank’s flexible PVC liner holds fluids without fracturing under environmental forces.
  3. High capacity: Corrugated steel tanks come in a range of standards sizes, with larger models holding up to 95,000 gallons. Regardless of need, there’s a tank size to fit each application.
  4. Ability to accommodate add-ons: With a corrugated steel tank, you can add a number of useful accessories – for example, side ladders, platforms, safety cages, handrails and seismic anchors.
  5. Affordability: Compared to other kinds of tanks with similar capacity – for example, one-piece steel tanks – the corrugated model is a highly, cost-effective option.
  6. Ease of shipping: The process of shipping corrugated steel tanks is simpler and more cost-effective than large, one-piece tanks. Because the corrugated steel tank is assembled on site, the shipping size is about 1 percent of its final size after installation.
  7. Wide range of uses: Corrugated tanks hold more than just water. Tank farms store oil, wastewater, sand, detergent, livestock feed, and many other products. These tanks are also used widely in fracking, mining and related operations. Such versatility makes corrugated steel tanks a popular choice for a broad array of uses.

Depending on your application, a corrugated steel tank may be the most suitable option for your needs. To find out more about storage tanks, contact the experts at GEI Works. Call (+1) 772-646-0597 or toll free at (888) 703-9889 for detailed information about these sturdy, versatile tanks.