Designing and Implementing Floating Wetlands for Biodiversity and Human Connections to Nature - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Recorded On: 10/28/2023
Floating wetlands are fast becoming integral components of landscape architecture practice. This session presents exemplary domestic and international floating wetland projects, conveys research on how this innovative blue-green infrastructure can positively affect aquatic ecosystems, and describes essential environmental justice roles that communities play in implementation and stewardship.
- Explore the diverse opportunities for implementing floating ecosystems in a range of urban conditions.
- Learn the requirements and attributes of successful floating wetland design, including location, shape, structure, materials, flotation, attachment, plantings, browse exclusion, and ongoing stewardship.
- Discuss the potential biodiversity, water quality, carbon sequestration, environmental justice, and Nature-connection benefits of blue-green floating infrastructure and living shorelines.
- Consider a range of programmatic and organizational practices for engaging local communities in living shoreline design, science, implementation, and stewardship towards educational and environmental justice goals.
Nancy D. Rottle, FASLA, PLA
Professor Emeritus, Director UW Green Futures Lab
University of Washington
Professor Nancy Rottle founded and directs the UW Green Futures Lab which conducts ecological research, design and planning. Over the past decade she has led the Green Futures Lab's Floating Wetland demonstration and research projects, extensively engaging community members. With an accomplished career in professional practice, research and teaching, Nancy has lectured widely in the US and internationally. She has published numerous academic and professional papers and is the co-author of Basics Landscape Architecture: Ecological Design; co-editor of a special issue of Places Journal on Climate Change and Place; and author of the forthcoming The Art of Sustainable Stormwater Design.
Galen Y. Fulford
Inventor and Ecological Entrepreneur
Galen Fulford is an Inventor and ecological entrepreneur dedicated to bringing nature to urban life. As the CEO of Biomatrix Water, he has overseen the delivery of over 200 floating ecosystem projects, spanning 12 countries. He is the author of four patents. Galen was Born in VT USA and Lives in Scotland UK.
Director of Research
As director of research for Urban Rivers, Phil is studying the ecological impacts that artificial floating wetlands and other habitat creation practices have on urbanized waterways. The main focus is currently on the Wild Mile, a mile long floating eco-park being built in a formerly industrialized stretch of the Chicago River.
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