Jul 15

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Floating Urban Islands

Floating gardens in the Chicago River provide new habitat for wildlife:

via Zachary Damato

For many years, Chicago’s rivers have been used for transportation and commerce…

Damato: “…But now they should be used for habitat and interaction.”

That’s Zachary Damato of the nonprofit Urban Rivers. His group is installing man-made floating wetlands in the Chicago River.

They’re essentially rafts of plants attached to the river wall. In addition to adding a splash of color, the gardens provide habitat for wildlife and absorb pollutants from the water.

Damato: “The plants, they grow off all the nutrients that are existing in the water, so we add no fertilizer to any of the plants we put in.”

They’re helping transform a drab urban river into a cleaner, more beautiful waterway.

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