Floating island pilot launches
August 5, 2015 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, AB - On Wednesday, August 5, the City of Airdrie launched the City’s first floating island into the stormwater pond in the community of Luxstone.
BioHaven® Floating Concentrated Wetlands are constructed from recycled non-toxic, plastic drinking bottles. Plants on the island grow hydroponically and absorb harmful nutrients and contaminants from the water naturally through their submersed root network.
“The floating island is part of the City of Airdrie Water Services Department’s commitment to exploring innovative solutions for stormwater treatment,” says Glenn Archer, Team Leader of Water Services.
The City is testing the BioHaven® floating island’s natural processes to improve water quality and biodiversity, and thus reduce the need for chemicals and other non-natural treatment methods.
“All of our stormwater ponds were considered for this pilot project; however, Luxstone was chosen based on the size of the stormwater pond and its proportion to the floating island budgeted for the pilot project,” says Glenn Archer. “Should this pilot be successful, Council could consider additional islands in other areas of the city,” says Glenn Archer.
The City of Calgary and City of Lethbridge are using floating islands in their stormwater ponds successfully.
As well as cleaning the water, the native plants and grasses on the floating islands provide habitat for insects and birds. The roots below the waterline of the islands supply a rich food source to fish and minnows, provide shade and cover from predators and increase oxygen levels in the water which is beneficial for fish and other aquatic organisms.
Team Leader, Water Services
403.948.8800 ext. 6371