Sustainable Practices Are Gaining Momentum
We are getting our act together. We humans are moving toward sustainable practices, more than ever. It’s not like we have a choice either, but still, it is refreshing. And it’s hopeful. Water Resource Recovery (WRR) is at the top of our list.
Growth of Sustainability
What does our fledgeling movement towards sustainable practices look like? Here’s a few examples:
- Solar is kicking in. Lots of awesome applications in a vast range of settings. Hot water, preheated ventilation, cooling, off grid power, automobiles…and much more.
- Wind is happening too. Drive across the top of the great plains and check out what’s happening in Minnesota, for example. Other places too, including right here in Montana. This is mostly about supplementing mainstream grid power, ultimately replacing fossil fuels. Impressive! Cross the pond and check out Germany…even more impressive!
- Water is lagging behind, a bit. Just three years ago an Energy Conference gathering happened in D.C. The effort around Water Resource Recovery had launched earlier, but this gathering gave it legs. Then politics intervened, but still, today concrete and wastewater facilities, the big ones, have changed their name. Now they are WRR systems, and even if it’s only on their letterhead currently, there is conscious and purposeful thought around how to apply this new thinking to water. The result is that some systems are now conserving energy that was being squandered before, there is methane generation, there is some movement towards algae/oil production. It’s a hopeful direction.
- What about the other water? What about the 27% of the U.S. that is serviced by small lagoon systems? Can they participate in resource recovery? Up till now the closest WRR strategy they had was to truck sewage from the tail end of primary treatment and spread it over farm fields. This is good, in general, but messy, and the footprint is huge. But this is where Floating Island International step in.
WE OFFER A NEW VISION FOR LAGOON BASED WASTEWATER
FII and BioHavens are poised to turn small wastewater systems into true Water Resource Recovery facilities. Here’s what we can do:
- We can grow valuable landscape trees and plants on BioHavens in lagoon systems. The trees flourish, and grow from sapling to commercial thickness in a few short years. Then a unique FII innovation allows for their harvest, and the cycle repeats itself. New saplings are planted and the young growth is renewed. The result is that the BioHavens, a super enhanced plant habitat, pay for themselves in this nutrient dense wastewater.
- A fraction of the BioHavens in these settings are platforms for capturing solar energy. This energy translates into enhanced BioHaven water quality enhancement performance. In fact, it even addresses that intractable challenge…cold weather ammonia removal. This is a game changer. It means that hundreds of facilities can stay in compliance with new water standards. It even means that those facilities whose only option was to inventory sewage over entire winters now have a much better, less smelly option. The solar energy generated here has another application…it can replace expensive grid energy right there in the facility, saving lots of money in the process.
- The BioHaven system has one more remarkable feature. Our design can grow massive volumes of native forage fish. These are the guys that consume mosquito larvae. This represents a huge new window around biological mosquito control. In specific waterway settings, biological control is the only practical means by which to fight mosquitos.
Hope for the Future
All of this comes together with BioHavens. Small communities now have the option to install systems that can pay for themselves, saving taxpayers money. And the byproduct of these systems is water quality. In fact, the forage fish are a marker, because they won’t happen if the water isn’t high quality.
Where else does this system apply? Think about the many settings, the growing number of lakes and ponds that are experiencing Harmful Algae Blooms. BioHavens fight HABs.
Grow valuable and harvestable landscape trees instead of algae. Grow fish instead of algae. And grow beautiful BioHavens instead of algae.
These truly are hopeful times.