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Floating Island Technology for Livestock Water Remediation


This project evaluates the economic and environmental benefits of using native wetland plants and floating island technology to treat feedlot runoff water. This effectively improves water quality for irrigation or livestock use by removing excess nutrients, heavy metals, and other contaminants (as well as minimizing the presence of algae blooms).

Various digital technologies monitor weather parameters, precipitation and contaminant concentrations. Feedlot operators could access alternative, low-cost options for treating feedlot runoff water while being environmentally sustainable.

Funders/Partners: AREF, Henry Heuver, High Plains Industrial Park, RDAR, UFA

Project Information

Remediation Timeline

  • Phase One: Use of Native Wetland Plants on Floating Island Systems for the Phyto-Remediation of Water with Excess Nutrients (2018 - 2019)
  • Phase Two: Remediation of Contaminated Water from a Livestock Farm Using Floating Island Technology and Native Wetland Plants (2019 - 2020)
  • Phase Three: On-Farm Livestock Water Remediation Using Native Wetland Plants and Alberta Cold Climate Floating Island Technology (2021 - 2024)


Floating Island - Remediation Timeline

Remediation Technology

Learn about the technology used in floating islands including H-Flumes, In-Situ Aqua Troll 600 Sondes, YSI ProDSS and Arable Mark 2 weather stations.

Floating Island - Remediation Technology


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