Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Cleaning water with floating islands

Bruce Kania developed floating islands to clean nutrients out of the pond on his Montana farm. Water for the pond comes from the hind end of a 60 mile long irrigation ditch, loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus.

He thinks the islands may have a bigger future, helping clean polluted water as a cheaper substitute for artificial wetlands.

His next step? He hopes to work on floating islands to breathe life into the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, and to sequester carbon on a global scale. Who knows, there may be floating islands in our future.

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