Proceedings

Constructed wetlands in the urban landscape / achieving wetland ecosystems services where space is limited: PRESENTATION ONLY

Fulford, G., Biomatrix Water Solutions, UK

(free)

KEY THEMES:
1. Integrating Floating Constructed Wetlands in to existing hard edged infrastructure
2. Integrating Floating Solar Powered Aeration to minimise footprint.
3. Restoring Riparian wetlands, along flood prone vertical walls.

OVERVIEW
Urban areas and their associated water quality impacts have expanded significantly in the last decade, presenting new challenges for wetland conservationists and water quality managers.

Efforts are increasingly being applied to find ways to restore some of the natural pollution control functions of historic wetlands as well as to engineer new types of constructed wetland systems to manage water in the urban environment.

In this process, Floating Wetland technology and science has evolved considerably and is increasingly recognized as a beneficial solution, integrating engineering with wetland ecosystems and plantings to help manage the increasing loading from storm water, CSO’s and diffuse pollution entering urban watersheds while also providing amenity and habitat benefits. The challenge is that establishing wetland functions in heavily Modified Waterbodies is difficult because as the gradual slopes and shallow waters which make wetland habitat and function possible are largely absent or constrained by encroachment and re-alignment in urban areas. This presentation will explore the latest developments in Floating Wetland technology and its application in locations where space is limited, focusing on case studies of examples addressing the key themes.

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