How Do You Spell Trash Capture? S-N-O-U-T!

“Every opportunity you have to interact or touch stormwater, improves it. And the Snout has proven to be a very cost effective and just flat out effective device in over 100,000 cases,” explains T.J. Mullen, president of Best Management Products, Inc. Today, T.J. joins host Ty to talk about BMP’s trash capture product the Snout and the ways it improves stormwater quality, especially in urbanized environments. As civil engineering continues to build up the world around us with impervious surfaces, properly capturing and filtering stormwater will become more and more important. 

The Snout is a vented water quality hood that sits inside a stormwater structure with a sump. The size installed depends on your maximum flow rate, and the bigger the Snout is the higher flow rate it can handle. Two of the most popular accessories for the Snout are the bio-skirt and the turbo-plate. The bio-skirt allows for the separation of hydrocarbons. It enables free oils to be absorbed into the structure and retained so that they won’t end up flushed away downstream. The turbo-plate reduces turbulence and velocity of the stormwater within the structure which actually increases the structure’s ability to remove sediment and fine particles. 

There are so many ways to improve stormwater quality and more in the making every day. One of the companies working hard to create products that improve stormwater management systems is Best Management Products. Learn more about the Snout and its accessories and how these products can help with trash capture so that you can be sure you are installing the most efficient and effective stormwater quality system available. 


  • “Every opportunity you have to interact or touch stormwater, improves it. And the Snout has proven to be a very cost effective and just flat out effective device in over 100,000 cases.” (2:52-3:04 | T.J.)
  • “One of the things that’s important is that when the different snout options come up, there will always be a recommended maximum flow rate. So if you find that your flow rate is higher than what we recommend for that particular snout model, just upsize the size of the snout, the bigger snouts can handle more flow.” (6:41-7:01 | T.J.)
  • “The most popular accessory for the Snout is something called the bio-skirt. And the bio-skirt is a product that is for hydrocarbons. It allows not just for the separations to occur in the structure. But for these oils, the emulsified oils, pHs, your free oils to actually be captured and absorbed into this boom structure; and they’ll be retained, they won’t just get mixed up and flushed downstream right away.” (7:24-7:53 | T.J.)
  • “Turbo Plates are designed to reduce the turbulence and velocity of the stormwater inside a structure. And when you reduce the velocity and the turbulence, you increase the ability of that structure to remove sediment and fine particles like TSS.” (8:31-8:50 | T.J.)
  • “We want you to leave that storm water a little bit better than how you found it going in, and with some really simple devices, you can make that happen.” (11:05-11:13 | T.J.) 
  • “You can look at water resources for drinking water, or for irrigation or that purpose. And then you can look at water resources as surface waters, places for recreation, go boating and fishing and the kinds of things I really love to do. So if you look at it those two ways, no matter how you slice it, no matter which water resource you’re focusing on, you don’t want trash and pollution fouling those resources. As we continue to develop our world, the impacts of that development creating impervious surfaces are going to further impact the quality of surface waters.” (18:51-19:34 | T.J.)

The views expressed are that of the individual and do not represent the opinions of any companies past, present or future.

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