First Defense® helps heavily developed site meet stormwater regulations

First Defense® provides economical, small-footprint stormwater treatment to enable development in a constricted and already highly developed commercial area.


The state of Ohio has implemented rules requiring stormwater quality to be addressed on every new commercial development, including smaller sites.


Design-build firm Janotta & Herner wanted to build a real estate brokerage office in a heavily developed section of Perkins Township just south of Sandusky, Ohio.

With just 1.7 acres to fit a building, parking and access lanes, the developer wanted a stormwater mechanism that met regulations but used as little land area as possible.


To address stormwater runoff Janotta & Herner considered a variety of options, including creating a wet pond, incorporating a set of sand filters or installing a surface inlet device that removed impurities from the passing flows.

After an evaluation process they selected First Defense® stormwater separators.


First Defense® provided economical, small-footprint stormwater treatment that enabled Janotta & Herner to meet Ohio's stormwater quality regulations.

We looked at other  water quality options, but First Defense® just looked like a better choice for this site," said John Penza, Design Manager, Janotta & Herner. "It was more ‘plug and play’ with less to go wrong.


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