Using Floating Ecosystems to Clean Waterways

Permaculture magazine
Monday, 9th May 2016

Biomatrix Water use nature's systems to create floating ecosystems that clean up waterways and create biodiverse and vibrant river environments.

Biomatrix Water create floating ecosystems used to clean water and create biodiverse waterscapes.

They have implemented these systems across the globe, from Thailand, to Spain, Finland and the UK.

The floating systems are specifically designed to improve water quality by harnessing nature's power. They create a long-term sustainable solution to water management, without the use of chemicals.

Their latest project has dramatically improved the water in the River Lea in collaboration with the waterway charity, Thames 21. The floating ecosystem has been installed onto the sheet-pile edges of the River Lea at Tottenham Lock.

Before the installation


After the installation


The vertical sheet-pile embankment, as well as fluctuating flow velocity of the waterway, required the use of innovative and site-specific anchoring methods that provide both stability and durability.

The floating ecosystems have created lush biodiversity and habitat along the hard edged banks of the canal which has created a vibrant and beautiful natural environment for pedestrians, boaters and water-sports enthusiasts.

The Biomatrix Floating Ecosystems can be used to treat water with: 

BOD/ COD Biological / Chemical Oxygen Demand
Suspended Solids
Algae / Cyanobacteria
Metals, Copper, Zinc, Iron


What the Floating Ecosystems do

Check out the Biomatrix website for more information on how their systems work and their projects:

Further resources

How mushrooms can clean up radioactive contamination

Using mushrooms to clean up waterways

Aquaponics in a swimming pool


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