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What Is a Floating Treatment Wetland?
Floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) are manmade ecosystems that mimic natural
wetlands. FTWs are created using floating rafts that support plants grown hydro-
ponically. The rafts float on a wet pond water surface and can be used to improve
water quality by filtering, consuming, or breaking down pollutants (e.g., nutrients,
sediment, and metals) from the water (fig. 1). FTWs may represent a relatively
low cost and sustainable engineered best management practice (BMP) for reducing
pollution in stormwater. Evaluating their effectiveness as a BMP is the subject of
ongoing research at Virginia Tech and other locations across the U.S.
Innovative Best Management Fact Sheet No. 1:
Floating Treatment Wetlands
David J. Sample, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
Chih-Yu Wang, Ph.D. Student, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
Laurie J. Fox, Research Associate, Horticulture, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center
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