Performance Monitoring of Various Plant Species in Saline Constructed Floating Wetlands

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Performance Monitoring of Various Plant Species in Saline Constructed Floating Wetlands

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Constructed Floating Wetlands (CFW) are manmade ecosystems that mimic natural wetlands, created using floating mats that support plant life. The mats float in ponds or estuaries and can be used to improve water quality by filtering, consuming, or breaking down pollutants (e.g., nutrients, sediment, and metals) from the water.

As a precursor to the Performance Monitoring study of CFW’s in a Saline Environment at Pelican Waters, a pilot study is underway to evaluate the performance of a number of different (indigenous) plant species in the CFWs. The study involves monitoring and evaluating the performance of the various (indigenous) plant species to identify which plants grow best in the saline canal waters. The results of this innovative research project may have significant implications for stormwater management both in Australia, and overseas.

The research study is funded and supported by Pelican Waters Heart.

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