Floating Treatment Wetlands Help Phosphorus Levels

What is Phosphorus? Why is it Important? Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for all life on Earth. It plays a crucial role on nearly all forms of life, from providing the backbone for the structure of DNA to the growth and repair of bone and muscle tissue. Where is Phosphorus Found? In aquatic systems, phosphorus can exist in two distinct … Read More

6 Midwest Flowers That Are Perfect for Floating Wetland Islands

Looking for ideas on which flowers to use on your floating island? We recommend using multiple species of native plants to flower in different times as well as attract diverse insects and birds. Here are some flowers that are native to Minnesota and have been planted successfully on floating wetland islands.  Scientific names have been added to help you locate … Read More

9 Reasons to use Native Plants on your Floating Island

1. Biodiversity You can choose different plants on your floating island that are not growing on the shoreline. Many plants cannot grow well on the shoreline due to droughts or flooding as the water levels change. 2. Healthier Plants grow on Floating Wetlands Native plants on islands often grow taller and healthier than their companions along the shoreline because they … Read More

Start Local to Improve Stormwater

Floating Islands, also called floating treatment wetlands (FTW’s), are ideal for improving water quality and habitat in stormwater ponds. Stormwater ponds are artificial ponds designed to manage rain and snowmelt runoff. Why is storm water a problem Hard surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and roads do not allow water to naturally soak into the ground. The large volume of runoff either … Read More

How BioHaven Floating Islands were Invented

Today BioHaven® floating islands can be found all over the world. But what was the start of this successful idea? A graduate of University of Wisconsin, Madison, Bruce Kania led the team that created the islands. He thought of Madison as an urban think tank and it helped him foster many of his ideas. While attending the university, he founded … Read More

Pollinators in Peril: How YOU Can Help Save Them

Why Pollinators are Important: Summer is a wonderful time of the year. The birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and the pleasant aroma of flowers wafts through the air. At least that is how summer should be. But do you know pollinators are in peril?

Islands- Creating Homes for Invertebrates

When people talk about freshwater ecosystems, the first images that come to mind are animals like fish, frogs, turtles, and birds. These organisms, called vertebrates, are the largest and most familiar life forms found in freshwater environments. However, a much more abundant and equally important part of the health of these ecosystems is a group of animals called invertebrates. These … Read More

Combat Algae without Chemicals

During the warm, sunny summer months, lakes and ponds often develop a pale green appearance accompanied by a foul smell. Algae can grow quickly when an excess of nutrients develops in a body of water. Blue-Green algal blooms are dangerous because they create numerous environmental and safety threats. Preventing the blooms is ideal. First, minimize run off of nutrients into … Read More

Phytoremediation to Clean the Water Instead of Chemicals

One of the biggest risks involved in environmental clean-up tasks is the threat of unintended consequences. Often, the addition of synthetic chemicals intended to neutralize or prevent the spread of contaminants results in crucial elements of the biological web being negatively affected, sometimes severely. In almost every case, natural clean-up processes provide a practical way to eliminate the threat of … Read More