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.