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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Floating Island, International
A BioHaven is a man-made ecosystem that mimics naturally occurring wetlands. The result is a highly efficient, natural way to improve water quality by transitioning disastrous excess nutrients through the food web via biofilms and periphyton. The islands - buoyant, porous mats made from 100% recycled plastics and planted with local vegetation- become home to a diverse mix of wildlife while protecting shorelines and water sources from weather and man-made disasters.
Excess inorganic nutrients in water cycle into harmful algae blooms that consume all the oxygen, creating “dead water.” Fish, the natural predators of mosquito and midge larvae, die off, allowing insect populations to flourish. Blue Tongue, West Nile and other vector insect diseases infect wildlife, humans and domestic animals.
Biomimetics is the science of adapting designs from nature to solve modern problems. Weather related disasters need sound, workable solutions and over 6,000 FTWs positioned worldwide by FII, Inc. have solved these complex problems while withstanding numerous freeze/thaw cycles, as well as typhoons, tornadoes, hurricanes and major snowfalls.