Presenter: Seva Iwinski, Vice President, Applied Polymer Systems
Flocculants are powerful tools that have been used for decades to control erosion, stabilize soil, and remove harmful contaminants from water. Flocculant treatments can meet very low discharge limits, allowing sites to stay in compliance, meet regulations and improve stormwater quality and clarity. Applied Polymer Systems introduced flocculants to the erosion and stormwater industries in the 1990s, drawing from decades of research and use in mining effluent treatment. Anionic polyacrylamide is the most widely accepted and commonly used flocculant due to being both safe for aquatic life, and highly effective.
Thanks to years of education and concerted effort by universities, companies, and organizations like the IECA, flocculant use has evolved from sparse use of what many deemed mysterious “fairy dust”, to widespread adoption and a push towards standardized flocculant training, use and application. With many states recently adopting, preparing to adopt, or considering adopting anionic polyacrylamide into their toolboxes (i.e. pre-approved flocculant lists, QPLs/APLS, or erosion control and stormwater manuals) interest in flocculants and demand for training and information has reached levels never seen before in our industry. Despite expanded use and interest, confusion and questions still exist, and education is needed to ensure flocculants are used safely and effectively. Join Applied Polymer Systems, the company who brought flocculant technologies to this industry 25 years ago, as we cover how to effectively, safely, and efficiently use flocculants to enhance traditional best management practices to meet stormwater and erosion and sediment control goals and requirements.
- Understanding the basics of flocculant technologies and how to select safe and effective flocculants for treatment systems
- Understand what anionic polyacrylamide is, how it works, and why it is the standard flocculant used for erosion and sediment control and stormwater treatment in the industry
- Gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the steps needed to apply, maintain, and troubleshoot flocculants in field applications
- Recognize how traditional BMPs may be enhanced using anionic PAM to improve sediment control and water treatment