Phytoremediation Workshop

I almost forgot to write about the Phytoremediation Workshop. So, to the left is what I wore to help put together a floating trash-island planted with aquatic plants, to set free in the Gowanus Canal - a canal so filthy that it's a Superfund site.

Turns out the session was sold out. There were certainly more people there than needed to make one float so I mostly stood around and watched. (A bunch of older women monopolized the experiential learning.)

Phytoremediation is basically using plants in the water to help improve the water's health and to provide the space for wildlife to use as it will. If you really want to know more about it, you can ask me or dig around on the innernettes {here, under Floating Island}.

The send-off
(it's actually being anchored to a rowboat that's docked, long-term)

Phytoremediation workshop

skirt and t/aa
belt/neighbor's free pile


  1. I'm choosing to ask you...what is the mechanism by which the trash island doesn't fall apart and dissapate into the area that the phytoremediation-ists are trying to help?

  2. Hah, good question. The actual base is made out of plastic mesh (from Build It Green salvage) and it's held together with twist ties. The "floaters" are plastic water bottles. The bottles do get brittle in direct sunlight, but within a few months, the entire raft should be overgrown with plants/roots/dirt so there will be shade for the bottles to not be in direct sunlight.

    So - basically sourcing waste materials that were engineered in a way that makes them difficult to break down!

    There are nicer, more solid versions of this out there - the project in China they showed us was more "official" and well-done and looked like cement aquatic garden planters.

  3. Thanks for answering. I hope it works out well...when i saw these pics on your flickr stream i was in a real hurry and assumed it was a religious ceremony. (hahaha, oh I DO feel stupid now)

  4. No, I never went back to that temple where we "received the dao". :0


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