SPEL Stormwater proudly presents a research webinar on Constructed Floating Wetlands – The role of plants in pollutant removal from urban stormwater runoff, with Dr. Peter Schwammberger.
11am Friday 25th September (45 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A session after the presentation)
Guest Speaker Dr. Peter Schwammberger will be presenting his research into rapid plant responses following relocation of a Constructed Floating Wetland from a construction site into an urban stormwater retention pond.
About the webinar
Constructed Floating Wetlands (CFWs), consist of a buoyant structure planted with macrophytes. CFWs plants acquire nutrients for growth from the water where they form a dense root network that provides a large surface area for biofilm growth. The root network and biofilm physically filter and trap suspended solids and make pollutants available for adsorption, absorption, and incorporation into plant tissue. Their buoyancy allows them to adjust to water level variations and to be installed in most open-water bodies such as urban lakes, stormwater retention ponds, streams, and rivers. CFWs provide passive, low maintenance, and operationally simple water treatment solution that enhances habitat, recreational and aesthetic values within the urban landscape.