Floating Cattail Bio-platforms

    In 2015, Manitoba`s Curry Industries established a partnership with the Rural Municipality of Taché, the Manitoba Conservation District Association (MCDA), Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI), the National Research Council (NRC), Red River College as well as Providence University College to launch an experiment in Otterburne, MB in order to determine if floating cattail bio-platforms can be used to treat wastewater in municipal lagoons, among other bodies of water.

    The cattail bio-platform harvesting system pilot project was thus initiated to develop and evaluate an innovative new technology for the removal of phosphorus from natural aquatic ecosystems as well as wastewater lagoons, which may eventually lead to its eventual commercial deployment as well as its implementation in other municipalities across Manitoba and eventually other Canadian provinces.

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    Biochar: soil & water remediation, fighting climate change

    A relatively little-known substance called ‘biochar’ is beginning to attract a great deal of attention in Canadian and worldwide environmental circles, and it could very well soon become an important element in the green revolution of the 21st century and a key player in the fight against climate change.

    Across Canada, recent studies of municipal wastewater have consistently turned up trace amounts of over-the-counter and prescription medications, some of which remain persistent in the environment over long periods of time. Up to 35 per cent of drinking water samples taken across the country and analyzed for a heretofore unpublished study by Health Canada show trace amounts of drugs and their by-products.

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