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Proprietary Practices for Stormwater Management

The Department currently does not have a research unit that evaluates the monitoring results and pollutant removal efficiencies of proprietary practices (i.e. manufactured stormwater management practices) being used for post-construction stormwater management. Instead, the Department relies on established, third party stormwater management practice evaluation and verification systems such as: the State of Washington Technology Assessment Protocol - Ecology (TAPE), the Technology Acceptance Reciprocity Partnership Protocol (TARP) (primarily New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology), and the State of Maryland Department of the Environment.

Design professionals should refer to the 2015 NYS Stormwater Management Design Manual (Design Manual) for the requirements to use a proprietary practice for new development and redevelopment applications. Specifically, Section 3.3.2 (Criteria for Practice Addition) of the Design Manual addresses the requirements for new development, and Section 9.4 (Alternative Stormwater Management Practices/Proprietary Practices) addresses the requirements for redevelopment applications. Additional information on the use of proprietary practices is provided below.

Please be advised that 6NYCRR Part 750-2.5(d)(1) requires monitoring and analysis conducted in accordance with an issued SPDES permit to be conducted using test procedures promulgated pursuant to 40 CFR Part 136. Currently, any sampling data used to demonstrate equivalency with the Design Manual for the purposes of demonstrating compliance with the post-construction treatment requirements must use a method listed in 40CFR Part 136 which currently lists Total Suspended Solids (TSS) using EPA Method 160.2 or Standard method 2540 D). Please note that 40 CFR Part 136 does not list Suspended Sediment Concentration (SSC) as an acceptable method for analysis of TSS.

Criteria for Proprietary Practice Use - Redevelopment

The proprietary practice must be evaluated and verified by one of the third parties identified above and be listed on their webpage as meeting the required assessment protocol.

Criteria for Proprietary Practice Use - New Development

The proprietary practice must be evaluated and verified by one of the third parties identified above and be listed on their webpage as meeting the required assessment protocol. However, the documented removal efficiency of the practice must be greater than or equal to the performance criteria required in the State of New York (i.e. 80% TSS removal and 40% Phosphorus removal). The removal efficiency must be verified using at least one year of field testing and monitoring.

All proprietary practices proposed for new development are considered to be a deviation from the Department's technical standard. Please be advised that projects not subject to the requirements of a regulated, traditional land use control MS4, will be authorized to commence construction in 60 business days from the date the Department receives a complete Notice of Intent.

Proprietary practices cannot be used to address the remaining Water Quality Volume (WQv) on a new development project unless the Runoff Reduction Volume (RRv) sizing criteria has been addressed.

Criteria for Proprietary Practice Use - Pretreatment

All proprietary practices accepted for new development and/or redevelopment applications can also be used for pretreatment, provided the practice has been designed in accordance with the Design Manual.

Verified Proprietary Practices for New Development

The evaluation and verification reports/studies for following proprietary practices have been reviewed by the Department. Based on the information provided, the Department has determined that the practice is acceptable for use on new development (Note: RRv sizing criteria must be addressed first).

Practice Manufacturer
ZPG Media Filter Contech
Jellyfish Filter Contech
Bayfilter Bay Saver
FloGard Perk Filter Old Castle Precast
Filterra Bioretention Contech
MWS - Linear Modular Wetland Bio Clean Environmental Services, Inc.

To have your practice accepted for use on new development, please send a request to the following e-mail with "Proprietary Practice Acceptance - New Development" in the subject line: Stormwater_info@dec.ny.gov. Please include the evaluation and verification reports/studies from one of the third parties listed above.