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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Installs "Floating Wetlands" in Bryan Park

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, City of Richmond, and Floating Island SE of Raleigh, N.C., installed two floating wetland gardens in Richmond’s Bryan Park yesterday. These floating islands will transform recycled plastic bottles into a beautiful tool that removes pollution from Young's Pond, improves water quality, and provides habitat for wildlife. Today, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been busy planting 100 trees in the park to create a pollution buffer. Find out more about these projects and how they help improve the Bay in this special Science Matters radio report by WCVE FM's John Ogle.

"You can't imagine that recycled bottles will be turned into something beautiful and good for the Bay - but these Floating Wetlands absolutely are!" shares Ann Jurczyk, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Virginia Outreach and Advocacy Manager. "These are made of recycled plastic bottles and they float. They have holes in them that are 6 inches deep and are drilled into the matrix. We put plants into these holes and the roots of the plants will go down into the water and they will absorb the nutrients of that water."

Floating wetlands are a unique water quality stewardship tool that removes pollutants naturally from waterways while blending into and beautifying the environment. You can see these unique gardens in Young's Pond located in Bryan Park at 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, Virginia. 

Both of the Bryan Park projects are part of a larger community partnership project led by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to restore Upham Brook, a tributary of the Chickahominy River and Chesapeake Bay. The projects are made possible by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund using funds generated by the sale of Chesapeake Bay license plates in Virginia.

This is the second floating wetland the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has installed in Richmond. Last year they installed one at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden which was in full bloom this summer and filled with hummingbirds and turtles.

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For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and this project contact: Chuck Epes, 804/780.1392, cepes@cbf.org or Aimee Bushman, 804/307.0835, abushman@cbf.org

For more information on how to get involved at Bryan Park go to the Friends of Bryan Park website.

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