Gallery: Floating Islands Will Restore Life to Minnesota’s Spring Lake


What do you do with a “severely impaired” body of water and an unsightly shoreline park that is riddled with invasive species?  Launch a series of luscious floating islands!  In an effort to improve water conditions and restore natural habitats, the American Society of Landscape Architects has designed a series of seven floating islands (aka floating treatment wetlands). The islands, which mimic native wetlands, are constructed from non-toxic, post-consumer recycled plastics and then injected with inert polyurethane foam (the kind of stuff found in Memory Foam mattresses) for buoyancy.

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1 Comment

  1. caeman August 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

    This is a great idea for restoring water, animal and plant quality in way that also enhances the beauty of the environment.

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