Florida’s Lagoon and Wetlands: Ecological Adherence

Apr 25

Florida’s Lagoon and Wetlands: Ecological Adherence

Florida has many areas of water that can become polluted; requiring residents to make an increased effort on behalf of the environment. Rivers and streams drain into estuaries, bringing in nutrients from uplands. As long as nutrient-rich freshwater flows and tides interact without interference, estuaries will remain productive. Today, they remain one of our greatest natural resources. If you live along the estuary, there are several ways residents can be proactive.  There are ongoing volunteer efforts in place to ensure heedful practices on behalf of coastal and marine ecology. Additionally, it is suggested that homeowners inspect their septic tanks. Brevard County has approximately 100,000 tanks. All totaled, there are an estimated 300,000 septic tanks in the five-county area bordering the Lagoon.  Roughly 30 years ago, there were 46 sewer plants along the 156 miles of the Indian River Lagoon, resulting in discharges of up to 55,000,000 gallons daily into the estuary. However, when septic tanks fail, it can lead to ecological problems as well.  The Lagoon can sustain large amounts of algae due to heavy rains forming a layer of low density water which can persist for months. The result wreaks havoc on life forms in the Lagoon.  Other best practices for homeowners include watching where you mow, fertilize and use pesticides. A good rule of thumb is to keep a distance of at least ten feet from the water, helping to protect the estuaries from organic matter.  The Quality Assurance Project Plans, which have been implemented within the State, continue on the estuaries throughout South Florida, as well as, the wetlands in Jacksonville. Certified Installers take note: Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our Refresher Training (Perma-Lateral™ specific) that will take place on July 12th and 13th at our Clearwater facility!! Please plan on attending. Register by calling 1-866-336-2568 or Click Here!  See you...

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Miami is Pioneering Advancements in Sewage Containment

Apr 12

In an effort to adapt to a state law prohibiting Miami-Dade’s disposal of treated sewage through ocean outfall pipes, the county is building injection wells designed to pump treated waste into a cavern like space or ‘ boulder zone’.  Deep caverns have been documented in Florida’s geology. The county currently has 21 injection wells in north and south Dade. By 2025, it is projected to be double that amount at a cost summary of $635 million. This initiative is considered cutting-edge and could very well put distance between the residence of Miami and the millions of gallons of sewage produced every day. The city is also working to improve flood mitigation for families and businesses in the 8.5 Square Mile Area east of the Everglades National Park. Last week, the District excavated a 175-foot connection between the S-358 seepage canal and the S-357 pump station adjacent to the 8.5 Square Mile Area. This is for the purpose of lowering the water level in that seepage canal, lowering the water table, thus providing direct relief to properties within the 8.5 Square Mile Area that are experiencing standing water. The connection also eliminates the need for several pumps being used to provide temporary relief. Save the Dates: Perma-Liner Industries has a lineup of events for you to attend!  All are invited to come to one, or if you’re adventurous, all of our LIVE DEMOS coming up in April and May. You can go to www.perma-liner.com to register and find out more but first…here are the dates and locations to save: We’ll be in Seattle April 27th, Chicago May 4th and Philadelphia May 18th. You can expect to have our knowledgeable staff showing you the latest CIPP technology. We want to see you...

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Flow Equalization and the Everglades Restoration

Mar 09

Flow Equalization and the Everglades Restoration

Flow equalization basins provide a more steady flow of water to storm water treatment areas, helping to maintain desired water levels needed to achieve optimal water quality treatment performance.  The A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) is part of several ongoing projects in the State of Florida’s $880 million Restoration Strategies plan, all designed to improve water quality in the Everglades. A flow equalization basin is a constructed storage feature used to capture and store peak storm water flows. The A-1 FEB is capable of storing 20 billion gallons of water, enough to fill 45,000 football fields one foot deep.  The A-1 will also contain vegetation to help reduce phosphorus concentrations before moving water to the storm water treatment areas (constructed wetlands) that serve as the water-cleaning workhorses by removing nutrients from the water that flows into the Everglades. Biscayne Bay is part of the restoration effort and a large Florida ecosystem which also relies upon water that flows directly from the Everglades.  Of the many benefits of this project, it will serve to maximize water quality improvement abilities.  Construction is underway on the $59.9 million project, which includes levees, water control structures, collection and conveyance canals and pump station upgrades. Miami, have you registered yet for the NASTT’s No-Dig Show? It’s being held this month in Dallas. The NASTT No-Dig show is the largest trenchless technology conference in North America. Professionals attend to learn new techniques that will save money and improve infrastructure. We’ll have many fascinating, informative demo’s on the latest trenchless technologies along with exhibits, products and resources on all of our services locally and nationwide. You won’t want to miss it! Location: Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center/ March 20th-24th 1501 Gaylord Trail Grapevine, TX...

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The Florida Lawn: What’s Required?

Feb 10

The Florida Lawn: What’s Required?

Proper lawn maintenance is vital for the long-term health of your lawn. Appropriate mowing and watering practices must occur so your lawn will have a healthy root system, be more drought-tolerant and be able to resist pests and disease.  Practicing a few guidelines will keep your lawn maintained well. When mowing, be sure not to remove more than one-third of the leaf blade at any one time. Cutting too much of the leaf blade can stress your lawn. If your grass is under any stress (shade, traffic, drought, etc.), raise the mowing height. Mowing at low heights can result in a shallow root system. Keep your mower blades sharp. A dull blade tears the grass blades, making the grass unattractive and prone to an influx of insects or disease. Do not mow when grass is wet. This is unsafe for you, tough on the mower and bad for the grass. If you miss a weekly mowing, raise the mower height so you do not remove too much of the grass blade. Bring the height back down to the recommended level gradually over the next few weeks. Keep grass clippings, vegetative material and vegetative debris away from storm drains, ditches, water bodies and roadways. Leave grass clippings on the ground as they return nutrients and organic matter back to the lawn. Regardless of the season, grass needs no more than one half to three quarters inch of water each time you irrigate. In the winter months, grass growth is less active and may need to be watered every 10 to 14 days. Miami, did you know? Single family homeowners are eligible for a free evaluation of your in-ground irrigation system as part of the Landscape Irrigation Project sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Water Use Efficiency...

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South Florida’s Ecosystem and Everglades Task Force

Jan 14

South Florida’s Ecosystem and Everglades Task Force

The greater Everglades ecosystem, called the south Florida ecosystem, stretches south from Orlando through the Chain of Lakes, the Kissimmee Valley, Lake Okeechobee, the remaining Everglades, and on to the waters of Florida Bay and the coral reefs. The current ecological mission is to preserve the Everglades landscape and wildlife. The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force consists of 14 members. There are seven federal, two tribal, and five state and local government representatives. The duties of the Task Force are to:  Coordinate the development of consistent policies, strategies, plans, programs, projects, activities, and priorities addressing the restoration, preservation, and protection of the South Florida ecosystem; Exchange information regarding programs, projects and activities of the agencies and entities represented on the Task Force to promote ecosystem restoration and maintenance; Coordinate scientific and other research associated with the restoration of the South Florida ecosystem;  and to provide assistance and support to agencies and entities represented on the Task Force in their restoration activities. Did you know?? Florida has more than 7,700 named lakes over 20 acres and countless ponds from 1-20 acres.  Many of those smaller ponds are on private property. Such ponds, if properly managed can provide wonderful, fishing, birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. Miami, SAVE THE DATE!!  Perma-Liner Industries cordially invites you to The UCT (Underground Construction Technology) conference in Atlanta, Georgia! Taking place on February 3rd and 4th at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.  Looking forward to meet you there!! For 21 years, the Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), has been the meeting place for business-professionals involved in maintaining the underground utility pipe infrastructure. Individuals representing water, sewer, gas, telecom and electric rely on UCT to learn about the latest techniques used in trenchless, open cut, new construction and pipe...

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Florida Cities Offer Sewer Connection Assistance

Dec 17

Florida Cities Offer Sewer Connection Assistance

Many Cities throughout Florida participate in the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) to fund and administer the Sewer Connection Assistance Program. The program assists eligible homeowners who live in neighborhoods impacted by the City’s septic to central sewer system program. The funds may be used to pay costs associated with connection to the sewer system, including:  City impact fees, City special assessment fees, private plumber sewer system connection fees. Up to $12,000 per housing unit is available, in the form of a deferred payment, zero percent interest loan secured by a mortgage on the property. Loans will be forgiven in full after the completion of a seven-year term. Residence must be owner-occupied.  Residence must be a single family home in a neighborhood which is being converted from septic to sewer by the City. Assessed value of the residence cannot exceed $386,202. The applicant household cannot have assets exceeding $25,000. This includes cash, stocks, bonds, investment accounts and real estate (excluding the primary residence). Qualified retirement accounts must be disclosed by applicants and verified but will not be included in the $25,000 asset cap. The homeowner must execute a contract with a licensed plumber and connect within six months of the assessment in order for the connection fees to be paid by SHIP funds. Once this has been done, SHIP funds will also be used to pay the City’s impact and special assessment fees. Jacksonville/ Miami/Tampa, whether you’re looking for the best plumber in your area or have questions about the trenchless CIPP industry, Perma-liner Industries can help you. We’ve been in the Manufacturing business since 1999 and offer state of the art materials and equipment. Your success is our success!  For more information call us or go online to www.perma-liner.com/...

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What Precipitates Sinkhole Events in Florida

Dec 04

What Precipitates Sinkhole Events in Florida

As Florida’s population grows it expands into areas which may be potentially more susceptible to sinkhole formation. Therefore, more sinkholes are being witnessed and reported. There are several factors to consider in the formation of a sinkhole. Such as: Hydrologic conditions, including lack of rainfall, lowered water levels, or, conversely, excessive rainfall in a short period of time, can all contribute to sinkhole development.  Sinkholes form naturally under standard geologic and hydro geologic conditions throughout much of Florida. Additional stresses beyond those standard conditions can be catalysts inducing formation of single or multiple sinkholes. Those additional stress conditions are referred to as triggers. Triggers can be climatic or seasonal as natural variations in precipitation from wet to dry periods occur. Triggers fall into two categories, natural and anthropogenic (result from human influence).  Natural trigger events include, but are not limited to:  Heavy rainfall and Drought, followed by heavy rain. Tropical storms (heavy rain, flooding), Animal burrowing and digging.  Sometimes the large numbers of sinkholes will form when one or more triggering events occur. Jacksonville/Miami/Tampa, Perma-liner Industries has some exciting information that must be shared now as time is of the essence! It’s the Section 179 Deduction. This allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. Still reading this?? Give us a call so we can offer you our very best products and services now.  1-866-336-2568/ www.perma-liner.com. Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent Stimulus Bills that actually helps small...

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