GS&P-Designed Airport Deicer Management System Recognized by U.S. EPA for Innovation and Excellence in Clean Water Infrastructure

T.F. Green Airport Project Named Among 2017 PISCES Projects

November 17, 2017   |   Columbus,  Ohio   |   Awards

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that the T.F. Green Airport Deicer Management System was recognized in the Exceptional Category by the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) program, which recognizes water quality treatment projects within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. The Exceptional Category is the PISCES program’s highest honor; just five projects nationally received this designation for 2017. 

The RI Airport Corporation’s (RIAC) T.F. Green Airport, in Warwick, Rhode Island houses just one of four deicer management facilities in the world featuring the anaerobic fluidized bed reactor (AFBR) treatment system. The system, designed by GS&P, helps protect the nearby Buckeye Brook ecosystem by capturing and diverting aircraft deicing chemicals to the on-site treatment facility. The airport performs aircraft deicing at the gate, and in the past manually collected, stored and shipped deicer-laden stormwater offsite for disposal. However, that process lacked efficiency and had difficulty complying with increasingly stringent water quality regulations. GS&P used its proprietary GlyCASTTM simulation model to determine the replacement system’s optimal capacity, factoring in historical and projected information about local weather, flight schedules, and the airport’s future development plans.
 
“It is an honor that this project received the award from the EPA for a project that advances clean water infrastructure. T.F. Green Airport’s Deicer Management System is about more than compliance—it actually enhances efficiency while protecting the nearby ecosystem,” said Timothy P. Arendt, P.E., senior environmental engineer and principal at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “We are proud to have been involved with this CWSRF project and be recognized in the PISCES program as these initiatives support and promote critical infrastructure projects.”
 
Two pump stations and 14,900 feet of force main transfer deicer-laden stormwater to two 2.9-million-gallon aboveground storage tanks with odor control systems that prevent unpleasant smells from reaching local businesses, airport employees, and the nearby FAA control tower. An 11,000-square-foot treatment facility houses the innovative AFBR treatment system, which uses anaerobic bacteria to break down the glycol into methane and carbon dioxide. The resulting methane is recycled as fuel for the boilers that heat the building and the incoming stormwater, which has reduced natural gas usage by 95 percent.
 
This year EPA’s PISCES program honored 28 projects that were CWSRF programs and assistance recipients. The CWSRF is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. The PISCES program features three categories: Exceptional, Honorable Mention and Recognized Excellence.
 

“It is an honor that this project received the award from the EPA for a project that advances clean water infrastructure. T.F. Green Airport’s Deicer Management System is about more than compliance—it actually enhances efficiency while protecting the nearby ecosystem. We are proud to have been involved with this CWSRF project and be recognized in the PISCES program as these initiatives support and promote critical infrastructure projects.”

Timothy P. Arendt, P.E., senior environmental engineer and principal at Gresham, Smith and Partners
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