Other BioHaven Projects
All around the world the Revolutionary BioHaven Floating Islands are being used to solve some of the toughest ecological problems. Below is just a small sample of the projects taking place.
Bayou Sauvage is the nation’s largest urban national wildlife refuge, and its marsh habitat is critical to the preservation and integrity of the refuge. 900 linear feet of BioHaven® Floating Islands were installed and are being monitored for evaluation of plant establishment & persistence, island performance, and shoreline stabilization. The project evaluation will be conducted quarterly for a period of 24 months. The islands were installed on August 20th, 2009.
South Lafourche Levee District
This project was installed in Golden Meadow, Louisiana along the South Lafourche Levee in order to test whether the islands could protect the levee from day-to-day erosion. In total, 100 linear feet of Floating Islands were anchored at the levee base in salt water and were planted with Vermillion Smooth Cord, Seashore Paspalum, and Marsh Hay. The islands were installed on March 29, 2009. In just three months, the islands saw an explosion of plant growth and a propensity to collect sediment within the matrix. Wendell Curole, Director of the South Lafourche Levee District, is trying to secure funds to have more islands installed.
City of Naples, Florida
The Department of Natural Resources of the City of Naples ordered 3 islands 160 square foot islands for 3 different lakes throughout the city of Naples. The purpose of this project was to improve the water quality of these lakes. Planted with Pickerel Weed, lilies, and iris, the islands were installed on November 12, 2008. Mike Bauer, Manager of the City of Naples Natural Resources Division, stated,”By planting native wetland plants, we can filter some of these contaminants out of the water column. These floating islands give us more of a surface area for plants.” On April 22, 2009, nearly 6 months after the islands were installed, Mike Bauer commented that, “The islands have gone bonkers in the last two or three weeks. I am going after a grant to buy more.” Again on August 11, 2009, approximately 9 months after the islands were installed; WBBH NBC-2 did a follow-up story on the islands where Mike Bauer was again quoted as saying, “It’s worked beyond our wildest dreams.”
Lincoln Park Zoo – Chicago, Illinois
We recently launched approximately 2,000 square feet of floating island at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. The goal of the project, designed by Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, was to reduce both the volume and nutrient load of water flowing through water fowl exhibits at the Zoo. Using solar powered aeration and strategic positioning of islands, as well as perimeter netting, the islands represent a classic example of floating emergent wetlands, and also provide a wonderful aesthetic addition to the exhibits. We also manufactured, installed and designed the netting solution to protect the islands in addition to developing the plant selection and planting scheme to ensure design criteria were met. The islands were installed on May 23, 2009.