September 23, 2021

Our Impact | Grant Recipient Olds College Shares Findings from Phase 2 of their Floating Island Technology Project

Join us at a webinar hosted by Olds College showcasing their innovative floating island technology on Thursday, October 7 at 11 am.

Water contamination is a critical problem within agricultural, and urban areas across Alberta and Western Canada. Past research has proven that wetland plants are effective in capturing nutrients to effectively clean water while harvesting off the vegetation for other productive uses, such as compost for soil remediation, but there is a lack of critical information to successfully carry out water remediation using native Albertan wetland plants.

In 2018, the Foundation funded Phase 1 of this project, enabling researchers to fill the knowledge gap by quantifying the data related to the hyperaccumulation properties of native wetland plants. Learn more about those findings here.

In 2019, the Foundation funded Phase 2 of this project, testing the actual performance of native wetland plants and providing proof of concept by:

  • using plant data and proven floating island technology acquired from Phase 1
  • subjecting the plants to feedlot runoff water to prove their efficiencies and capabilities in remediating the runoff water from livestock feedlots so that the water can safely be reused for irrigation and livestock drinking water.

In this webinar, Remediation of Contaminated Water from a Livestock Farm Using Floating Island Technology and Native Wetland Plants, we’ll hear from the researchers at Olds College and the consultants at Tannas Conservation Services:

  • Joy Agnew - Associate VP of Applied Research, OCCI
  • Ike Edeogu - Manager, Crops & Environment Applied Research, OCCI
  • Steven Tannas - President, Tannas Conservation Services; Senior Vegetation/Wetland Ecologist, Rangeland and Reclamation Specialist; Lead Scientist: OCCI Wetland & Environmental Applied Research Program
  • Dan Karran – Faculty Instructor/Research Scientist, Werklund School of Agriculture Technology, Olds College

Watch the webinar recording to learn about the Phase II findings.

We are proud to invest in this impactful research for real estate professionals and consumers to support the creation of sustainable, efficient, and resilient technologies in Alberta.

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