PhD student Peter Schwammberger.
This research project focuses on how constructed floating wetlands (CFWs) can be used to improve water quality in residential developments. The three year project is an innovative research partnership between USC’s Stormwater Research Group, engineering consultancy firm Covey Associates and the developers of local residential estate Parklakes 2.
The project will entail monitoring and evaluation of the performance of a $1 million constructed floating wetland, believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the world, and recently installed in a 2.5-hectare manmade lake at Parklakes 2 in Bli Bli.
The treatment system uses selected natural plant species to mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff from the nearby estate, by drawing excess nutrients and pollutants from the surrounding water. Findings from this project will help to design and determine best practice for using CFWs in and around residential estates.
This project is funded and supported by Parklakes 2.