About Floating Islands:

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Floating Island technology, is being successfully applied in several other conservation contexts, including enhancing fish habitat. In reservoirs, floating islands can be used to simulate natural floating islands found in Northern Wisconsin. These natural floating islands were composed of beds of bulrushes (Scirpus spp.), cattails (Typha spp.), reeds (Phragmites australis), and other emergent and floating plants, often underlain by buoyant peat that had delaminated from old deposits. Planted like a wetland or a garden, floating islands provide many benefits, including habitat restoration, carbon sequestration, and of course Water Cleansing.

How Floating Islands are Constructed

The matrix of a floating Island is constructed using 100% RECYCLED PET Plastic…this means it's certified non-toxic, it's from recycled drinking bottles. After the plastic undergoes the recycling & spinning process, it is then turned into a MATRIX of fibers composed of layers of a durable synthetic mesh. The matrix design resembles a pot-scrub or loofah which is important as it serves as a water filtration design. During production of the Floating Islands, the plastic matrix is cut to shape & bonded together with buoyant adhesive foam.

A Concentrated Wetland Effect

Roots_BioFilmLike the natural wetlands, which offer both surface area and circulation, floating islands offer "augmented surface area." The Matrix serves as somewhat of a housing unit for all of these microbes…they live in the matrix and feed off of many of the nutrients in the water. Once these microbes beging to flourish and reproduce they create a residue known as BioFilm. BioFilm is what some of us would look at as the Nasty Slimy stuff under the islands (usually caught in the roots of the plants).

Pictured Right: The bottom of the island shows the Roots (which have grown through matrix) and the BioFilm.