Director of Research Urban Rivers Chicago, Illinois
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.