Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I purchase a BioHaven® floating treatment wetland?
Our products are produced and sold exclusively through a network of licensed distributors. These licensees have advanced, hands-on technical training in the construction, vegetation, launching and anchoring of BioHaven® floating treatment wetlands. Find the licensee in your area.
How can I become a licensed distributor?
Prospective licensees must meet specific funding, business development and manufacturing criteria. Specifically, they must be able to fund the opportunity fee to secure a specific location and subsequent business development. See if licensee opportunities are available in your area.
What if I would like to be a distributor, but not a licensee?
You will need to work directly with the licensee in your area.
How do we become a demonstration site?
Floating Island International, Inc. is always looking for businesses, agencies and organizations with which we may partner to gather data on the efficacy of our products. Becoming a partner site does require a financial investment; however, the benefits are significant, including meeting short- and long-term water quality management, habitat, restoration or other goals. Get more information about becoming a demonstration partner.
Can I visit the Shepherd Project?
Journalists, researchers and potential partners are welcome to visit the Shepherd Project to see the advances being made there. From time to time, visitors may also participate in launches of floating islands or other events. Arrange a Shepherd Project tour.
What is the difference between conventional wetlands and floating treatment wetlands?
Floating treatment wetlands clean water faster than conventional islands because their design creates a more concentrated environment. Our floating treatment wetlands are more scalable, cost-effective and customizable than conventional wetlands, are able to be launched in almost any water depth and can efficiently operate in virtually any waterway. See floating treatment wetlands in action.
What kinds of plants can be used to vegetate floating islands?
Plants used to vegetate floating treatment wetlands are generally low-maintenance perennials, selected from those native to the region in which the island will be launched. When these islands are being utilized as a habitat for birds, fish or other wildlife, plants which attract the targeted species and meet their environmental needs are also used. Annual plants, including fruits and vegetables, have been successfully grown on BioHaven floating islands. See samples of vegetated floating islands.
Do BioHaven® floating islands only work in freshwater lakes?
No. Our floating islands and treatment wetlands can be launched in virtually any waterway, including both freshwater and marine settings. Lakes, streams, rivers and oceans and other bodies of water can benefit from these powerful water quality tools.
Could a Leviathan™ floating treatment wetland be used to assist in cleaning up natural disasters like the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill?
Absolutely. Its ability to powerfully draw and circulate massive amounts of water and foster the growth of microbes needed to break down contaminants is precisely what is needed both in spontaneous disasters like the one in Gulf as well as those which have been decades—centuries—in the making like the one which now exists in the Chesapeake Bay. See examples of vegetated FTW and how the Leviathan™ Technology works.