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Open space volunteers place floating islands

(Jul 25, 2013)

On July 20, 25 open space volunteers planted, launched and anchored two floating islands at the Hyland Ponds Open Space. These islands are being used as a way of improving both water quality and wildlife habitat at the pond.

Made of shredded recycled plastic, these islands are formed with circular “pockets” where aquatic plants are placed along with organic soil and wildflower seed. The roots soon grow through the layer of shredded plastic and form a dense mat below the island that absorbs nitrogen and other pollutants found in the water.

Wildlife, especially waterfowl, will use the islands for both nesting and resting purposes.

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