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Fri., Sept. 27, 2013, 9:54 a.m.

Floating Sponges May Clear Up Hayden Lake

 A Hayden Lake homeowners association installed a floating wetland next to its community dock Thursday, with the goal of improving water quality in one of the lake’s murky bays. Water sedges, monkey flowers and nutrient-loving grasses sprouted from two rafts constructed from spongy, plastic membranes. As the plants grow, their roots will form a thick mat that sucks phosphorus out of the bay. “They’re basically growing like hydroponics,” said Karen Hayes, who is part of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s Hayden Lake Project./Becky Kramer, SR. More here




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