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In this short piece, Bruce provides an overview of how a waterway can be managed by tracking phosphorus and how it relates to both of nature’s engines of life, sunlight and water chemistry. Here he answers the question… how to grow fish instead of algae. Follow the phosphorus, and whether you feed fish or rely on nature’s food web, your waterway can be a gem!
Chuck's pond wasn't always the beautiful water feature it is today.... Read the story of successful garden center owner, Chuck Gainan, and how he went the long way round to achieving his goal...
In this readable and comprehensive article, Bruce Kania eloquently states the case for a holistic approach to water quality that includes the essential item of harvesting to complete the nutrient removal cycle --- and to enjoy a healthy diet!
TEDx talk - January 2015 - "Transition Water"
Bruce Kania explains why "Transition Water" is necessary for the health of the planet in this impassioned and eloquent TEDx talk. Link here to watch the video.
High Country News: Can Biomimicry Tackle Our Toughest Water Problems?
High Country News is noted for its excellent journalism and bold writing. We are thrilled to have this article on Bruce and Floating Islands, which is really a terrific read! Link here...
We want to get the word out that BioHavens "resurrect the food web" in sick water, and provide habitat to restore the predator / prey balance among insect populations, to stop the ones we don't want (midges, mosquitoes) from taking over. Here's an article picked up in Easter Montana by a very supportive journalist, Chaun Scott, who took the trouble to visit us in Shepherd with her family at Easter.
This is Bruce at his most relaxed, telling the story of Fish Fry Lake. But beneath the old-timer yarn style lies a very important truth about water and fish. Grab a cold one and read on.....
Read this excellent article on Biomimicry by Erika Fredrickson of the Missoula Independent to learn more about the inspiring innovations that have arisen from copying Nature's inventions - BioHaven Floating Islands are the final example in the article. Click on this link to read the full article with pictures.
Bruce Kania: "Renaissance Paleo" - bio-mimicking a sustainable lifestyle for healthy modern humans and a healthier planet?
Today there's a movement unfolding around the vision of recapturing the wisdom and the health of our pre-agricultural ancestors. The goal is to replicate an ancestral diet, to play hard, to be truly physically fit, and ideally to avoid the traps of obesity, drug over-use, and the depression that can follow from these. The Paleo lifestyle also has an environmental context. Is there a natural environmental model from the past that we can replicate today to help us interrupt the cycle of pollution and eutrophication (the aquatic equivalent of obesity) and integrate a paleo/environmental theme into this paleo movement? This article explores that potential.
Fish productivity is enhanced by surface area. When biofilms accumulate on substrate, excess nutrients in the water are used up as the biofilm grows. This in turn feeds the food chain, and leads to bigger and more numerous fish. Catching these fish represents a great way to remove phosphorus permanently from water. Please scroll to page 10 to view the article. Pond Boss magazine is dedicated to managing private waters for fish productivity.
In this article, Bruce reflects on the lessons he has learned on managing fish from the window of the viewing tank at the Shepherd pond.
The problem: The wetlands are losing ground. Crops and condos are rapidly overtaking much of the waterlogged land—home to thousands of bird and animal species—while pollution and sea-level rises take care of the rest. With this loss comes drastically reduced water quality, increased flooding of surrounding areas and the looming specter of the extinction of many species.
This article on BioHaven Floating Treatment Wetlands was published in the Canadian journal "Environmental Science and Engineering " (ES&E) in summer 2012.
This is an excellent publication, and the two articles, "Fertilizing your Pond" and "What's for Dinner - farm raised or wild caught?", are at the leading edge of thinking about how to achieve fish growth. Surface area / substrate and biofilm growth are key.
Hayden Lake receives its first floating island
Click on this link to see how the Kootenai Environmental Alliance is pinning its hopes for the restoration of Hayden Lake, ID on BioHaven technology.
Humans have learned that by increasing the concentration of nitrogen based nutrients like ammonia, ammonium, nitrate, nitrite and urea in a given setting we can boost plant production. We have developed fertilization for farm crops, judging the appropriate levels of concentration in terms of the effect on the crops themselves. What we have mainly failed to do is judge the “downstream” affects of our efforts. The scale of our downstream impact is vast. We have actually created dozens of dead zones in ocean settings, in estuaries that drain major agricultural and urban settings. Some of these dead zones are thousands of square miles in area.
The "What Is Pond Stratification?" article in the September/October edition of Pond Boss was outstanding! It did an excellent job explaining complex interactions between temperature, density, nutrients and oxygen that contribute to and are affected by stratification. This topic really does need to be clearly understood by all of us pondmeisters. Otherwise, it is really easy to get into serious trouble…as in dirty water and dead fish.
I’m thinking about turning off my aeration system. How long will it take for my summer-hot pond to stratify?” That seemingly simple question, posed by R. Larry Mangum, created a fl urry of activity on the discussion forum of www.pondboss.com. Excellent question. It deserves a thoughtful answer.
During the month of February, a 22,000 sq ft floating island is being launched in Dutchy Lake, a small lake in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Summer Lake Wildlife Area located in south central Oregon. The floating island was constructed to provide nesting habitat for Caspian terns. The project is the brain-child of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and represents a break with their long tradition of building conventional islands in favor of new - and potentially cheaper - technology sourced from Floating Island International.
For as long as liquid water has supported life on our planet, a range of factors have played dynamic roles in sustaining balanced, untreated, wholly natural lakes and ponds, observes inventor and researcher Bruce Kania. By breaking things down and understanding the relationships between microbes and nutrients in water, he adds, watershapers are better able to mimic nature and create watershapes that will stay clean and clear without artificial treatment.
Picture this...a beautiful island in your pond, covered with blooming flowers, decorative plants, maybe even some vegetables. Lots of color, and function. All you need to do is drain the pond, hire a bulldozer, push up some dirt, and presto-chango, an island. Nothing an earthmoving bill of ten or twenty thousand dollars can’t solve.
Greening the Cuyahoga River
Click this link to see how floating islands are being tested to provide fish habitat on the Cuyahoga River (the one that caught fire a couple of decades ago).
So often, the art and science of invention begins with the study and appreciation of nature. While growing up in Wisconsin, I was repeatedly exposed to the naturally occurring islands often found floating on bodies of water amid the conifers in the northern,peat-bog region of the state. I couldn’t help noticing that these islands were exactly the best places to go fishing. They were just terrific, presenting a structure under and around which fish, for whatever reason, loved to spend their time.
This tiny agricultural community on the arid plains of Eastern Montana seems like an unlikely spot from which to launch a business that aims to clean up the world’s polluted waterways. But scientists, busi-nessmen and government officials from around the world are flocking here, hoping to learn how a small company has harnessed nature to clean up pollution.
Biohavens are plantable floating island devices that provide a range of water treatment, habitat creation and aesthetic benefits for stormwater detention ponds, wetlands and water features. The units mimic the behaviour of natural floating islands and by virtue of their construction, provide a totally natural appearance as opposed to the float-borne platforms commonly used for these applications.
Anyone with a farm pond will want to take a look at these new BioHaven™ Floating Islands – artificially produced mini ecosystems that benefit water, fish and wildlife, according to inventor Bruce Kania of Shepherd, Mont. Best of all, they can be a beautiful addition to any body of water.
Peter* and Julia Seyffert are on a mission to clean up Sarasota County’s waterways… one retention pond at a time, if necessary. That may sound a little crazy, but the Seyfferts think that ignoring neighborhood retention ponds could be a big mistake. Retention ponds, they say, can be equated to “aquatic garbage dumps.” This is because storm-water runoff, which is captured in retention ponds, can be contaminated with the fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides we use on our lawns, the gasoline, oil, and toxic chemicals that leak from our vehicles, and other noxious substances. *Peter Seyffert has sadly passed away since this article was written.
The New Mexico BASS Federation Nation (NMBFN) is advancing research that could result in bass fisheries becoming more self-sustaining in reservoirs characterized by extreme water fluctuations.
You've never seen anything like this because floating, naturally self-sustaining islands are new to the commercial market. Beginning this summer, Floating Island International is offering customdesigned islands for home ponds, golf course water features, conservation projects, or whatever else you can imagine.
This is one of three White Papers submitted to the Coast Guard after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. This paper proposes the use of floating island systems impregnated with oil-consuming microbes to capture and treat the oil on the surface as it washes towards shore.
This white paper describes how floating islands can be used in the Gulf to create protected habitat for stranded birds, turtles etc, while treating the oil in the water at the same time.
This White Paper describes how Leviathan technology can be used to bring up oil-contaminated water from below the surface to be treated by floating wetland technology.