Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Floating Wetlands Used To Clean Polluted Duck Pond

12 days into the pond the 100 plus water fowl have adopted the floating wetland platform as 'home'.  The platform is a 'trial' to see just how the resident ducks and geese would affect the system.  Presently the pond has a sandy island with trees but no herbaceous or other vegetation.  Concern was expressed the large contingency of ducks would devour the biomass quickly, rendering the plant-nutrient uptake platform useless.  Twelve days into the process the plants are a little trampled but growing vigorously in the duck matter nutrient enriched waters.  Plans are to begin harvesting the biomass on a periodic basis to remove sequestered nitrogen and phosphorous from the system.