Montana Based ‘Off-the-shelf wetlands’ Firm Poised for Worldwide Growth

14 October 2017

          

The core team at Floating Island International is made up of, from left, Anne Kania, Bruce Kania, Wendy Davidoff and Rhyno Stinchfield.

The core team at Floating Island International is made up of, from left, Anne Kania, Bruce Kania, Wendy Davidoff and Rhyno Stinchfield.

Since founding Floating Island International 12 years ago, Bruce Kania has achieved a lot of milestones.

More than 7,000 of his man-made islands — he likes to call them “off-the-shelf wetlands” — have been sold around the world. He holds “a couple dozen” patents related to the floating island technology and he has six licensed manufacturers — three in the United States and one each in China, New Zealand the United Kingdom — making his patented BioHaven-brand islands.

The islands are used mainly for removing nutrients from water, so most of them are in water-treatment operations and other settings where the goal is to extract pollutants from water. But they are also in wide use for increasing the productivity of fisheries, protecting shorelines and levees, and creating habitat for threatened species of birds.

But all that work and all those successes, in Kania’s view, was only setting the stage for what comes next. He and his wife, Anne Kania, previously did most of the work of operating and expanding Floating Island International.

Now, having brought on experts in global marketing and business development, Kania believes his company is at a tipping point, “on the verge of exponential growth.” That wording comes from the executive summary of a recent annual report for Floating Island International.

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The Double Impact Floating Islands Are Making Along the Chicago River Waterfront

8 October 2017

This month we’re sharing a beautification case study of our floating islands at work in Chicago, IL. Once considered a grungy area of town, the Chicago Riverwalk is now an attraction that has added value to the windy city. Five areas were constructed, including the Marina, The Cove, Water Plaza, the Jetty and the Boardwalk through an initiative to improve the environment for the enjoyment of not only Chicagoans, but also for the inhabitants beneath the surface of the water. Along the Riverwalk you will find fountains, mists and sprays for children to play in along with seating and staircases, but the Jetty has an educational focus.

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The Cape Town drought: are more supply problems just around the corner?

5 October 2017

Bloom of toxic cyanobacteria in Theewaterskloof Dam(Photo: Bill Harding, 1991)

Bloom of toxic cyanobacteria in Theewaterskloof Dam(Photo: Bill Harding, 1991)

Monitoring for blue-green algae in times of drought – a need for increased vigilance:

The continuing and very troubling, ok downright scary is what it is, drought in the Western Cape should be on the minds of all those affected.  A major metropolitan area, plus numerous municipalities, are faced with the prospect of having to provide water from tankers at street corners in the not too distant future.  Millions of people will face considerable hardship, all the while having to continue to meet their daily obligations, be it family, work, education and so on.  Many work opportunities will be lost, at least temporarily.  The shortage of water problem could also, and rapidly, become a whole lot worse should what is left of the water become undrinkable.  Not everyone can afford bottled water. Read more »