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Process to Strip Nutrients from Waterways
An environmental company wants funding from the Florida Legislature for its process that strips nutrients from water ways.

Excessive nutrients can lead to algal blooms and affect water quality.

Scientist Tom DeBusk and his company Water and Soil Solutions divert nutrient-rich water into makeshift wetlands, treat it and then send it back into the main water way.

Floating aquatic vegetation absorbs nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous.


 
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Ecological Value of Exotic Water Plants Equals that of Indigenous Species - If you look at the role of exotic water plants in an ecosystem, you won't find any significant differences compared to indigenous species. Researchers studied seven essential functions of water plants in experiments with indigenous and non-indigenous species. They looked among other things at the impact of the plants on the habitat and food supply of fish and small aquatic animals, on cyanobacterial growth and on greenhouse gas emissions. What they found was that all things considered, the two groups are not fundamentally different.


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