THE FLOATING WETLANDS
Made up of 2,000 square feet of islands which rest on the water’s surface, the Floating Wetlands were planted with native species that provide a habitat for marine life, and also help to clean the water.
Every time it rains, pollutants from lawns, roads, and other urban surfaces are swept into our streams and harbor. Fortunately, we’re able to battle this runoff with the Floating Wetlands, an efficient tool for cleaning polluted water. As the plants of the wetlands grow, they remove nutrient pollution and store it in their leaves while adding life-giving oxygen to the water. At the same time, their roots provide a home for microorganisms that feed on pollution.
The only element needed for all this to work? Simple sunlight.
WHY FLOATING WETLANDS?
Because very few natural wetlands exist along Baltimore Harbor’s urban shorelines, our man-made Floating Wetlands were built to float in the water. Inside these buoyant islands are bundles of plastic bottles that have been collected from the harbor and up-cycled to help the wetlands float.
The Floating Wetlands are colonized by crabs, mussels, and eels, while waterfowl and fish use them for refuge.
At the end of each growing season, the Floating Wetlands are harvested and composted, turning them into useful fertilizer which can be used for landscaping around the Inner Harbor.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
You may not be able to put floating wetlands of your own in your backyard—but you can help clean up the harbor and the Chesapeake Bay by not over-fertilizing your lawn, disposing properly of your trash and recycling, cleaning up after your pets, and using rain gardens and rain barrels to reduce the amount of water that runs off your property.