Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mesopotamia and the Marshland are drying up



 Do you know the Garden of Eden where the civilization start and where humans start to live in community, start to make bread, beer, homes, agriculture, breeding, farming and so on... that place, after the time of Saddam now is drying again.

Take a look to these pictures shooted few days ago and compare with the ones that I took on 2013 and 2014!

Few days ago:

My pictures taken last Summer 2014:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

one year to the IWA conference on Wetland system.....

One year from now to the next important IWA Specialist Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control that will be held in Poland early September 2016!

Join the web site for detailed information at

take a look to the conference topics at icws2016 - conference themes

WETPOL CONFERENCE 2015.... are you ready to go?

I was at the first Wetpol conference in Gent few years ago ... it is really great place to understand the news and join this technology with a lot of expert people!

The conference addresses the latest advances in the field of wetland nutrient and pollution transformations, ecosystem valuation and pollution control in natural and constructed wetlands.

stay tuned @

wetlands @ Milan EXPO 2015

Hello, back from my trip to Milan Expo 2015! I whant to show you few pictures of the wetlands built there.
One is in present around the whole Expo Area. In the Expo original project there where a big water area.... but now just few special spots like this one:

A big surprise was for me the USA pavillion! Great message and interesting videos inside.
Outside a typha reedbed welcome you in the main entrance!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Gravel !

The best gravel to use in a treatment wetland system: 10 mm diameter.
(Obviously you can use what you find in your local situation)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Floating gardens

My last article in the most important landscape project and Gardening architecture shared on facebook by Lucia Papponi of Fondazione Minoprio. Thanks!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Welcome to Bozcaada ... Turkey

Hello.... few months ago I was contacted by my friend Dr. Mark Nelson ( which told me: "David, a new project in Turkey, let's go".
Well, last week I went there, in the island of Bozcaada! Check the history on wiki/Tenedos or Bozcaada .

Which is the problem here? few years ago was built the city center pipeline to collect all the wastewater. Then was set up a septic tank and also the aerobic tank.... but never finished and still now the wastewater goes by a long pipe somewhere in the sea.

why not to build a wetland treatment? I was there to do it. Now I'm dsigning it and be sure that for the next Spring a great system will be operative there!

This is not the only island in the world that has this problem. How many do you visit? how many times you seen a big pipe direct into the sea? Well we can solve this problem with a wetland system.
Thank you Sibel for the local tour and hospitality.

the present situation

my friend Sibel shows the situation

local good wineyard

the castle give you the welacome when you arrive there.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

floating wetland/garden in Venice......

What's happen.... from August 2014 I'm developing a study project to set up few floating gardens in Venice within Vetiver Farm from Philippines. And I'm still here to make meetings, 3d schetch, phone calls!!! Unbeliveble!
thanks to:

do you trust in this?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My last wetlant for today...

Yes I know. It is not so big.... But it is the system that I build today for the Permaculture project here in north of Italy.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

a good mix of green technologies in Brasil

hi friends.... few weeks ago I was jumping between different pages of facebook, web etc and by a common contact in Brasil I found this perfect image elaborated by Leilen Monti (on fb at leilen.monti) ....

... as you can image it regards to wastewater treatment... or in portuguese Tratamento de efluentes. 
This is part of a specific garden course on organic farming, permaculture, ets and as you can see they are developing the "Jardins Comestiveis" that means "Edible gardens" watered with rainwater or wastewaters.... 

Which plants they are using? obviously vetiver, banana etc...

follow them on fb at Jardins-Comestiveis

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

President Obama in the Everglades

As many of you know, I love the Everglades. I visited many years ago but I still keep them in my heart. Everglades is one of the biggest world wetland.
Nive to see that President Obama pass his World Earth Day in the Everglades, where Florida is affected by the climate change... the sea level is raising too much!
picture source ..

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. WED 2015

My idea for the WED 2015 blog competition start from the original WED theme: 

Seven Billion Dreams. 
One Planet. 
Consume with Care.

My WED 2015 theme this year is therefore "Seven Billion Drops. One Big Oceans. Consume Water with Care." Water is moving without planetary boundaries and is the most promising strategy matter for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need free water access and need safe water. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less, but humans, animals and plants need water for their life. It is about knowing that rising rates of water uses are not good and the environmental impacts that occur in our planet are often driven by a not necessary needs of economic growth. 

the original theme:

The WED theme this year is therefore "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UNEP blog web competition 2015 #WED2015 to EXPO Milan 2015

Today was open the WED2015 blog competition I'll will prepare my entry!!! Then be ready to click and vote for me!!!! thank you friends
Here the link to the competition!

and here useful resources for understanding sustainable consumption and production

Collaboration Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production -- 

Decoupling natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth -- 

Sustainable Consumption and Production and the SDGs -- 

Sustainable Consumption and Production: Promoting Climate-Friendly Household Consumption Patterns --

Friday, April 10, 2015

Three SPECIAL lessons

Many greets from the most important engineer and Technical  University in Italy and Europe.
Three SPECIAL lessons about treatment wetlands for more than 80 students! Thank you Ingegneria senza frontiere To contact me!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

new special course at Milan University: Politecnico di Milano

hi, I'm really proud to be present here in the Politecnico of Milan for two seminars on treatment wetlands. Thanks to Ingegneria Senza Frontiere to contact me!

here the link:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

From singapore..

Great experience here in Singapore!
Another Big step for the Iraq project about treatmentwetlands ....
Not more time we have to wait to start to dig the vertical and orizonral basins....
Thank you to all for the support!

Monday, February 23, 2015

honored to be in NTU Singapore for a Lecture about Treatment Wetlands in the "Eden in Iraq Project"

More at official web site

This conference will bring together a lot of different views from Ecology Design Art and Culture!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NeXT March I Will be in Sinfaporte for this amazing conference! Stay tuned for more info!!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

the Young Architects Program on the Dirt.Asla

not much time to write a comment... but I copy here this great news about an innovative way to treat wastewaters that win the Young Architects Program in NYC. The project is COSMO and here a short part of the full article wrote by Jared Green and that you can read at the the following link: about COSMO FULL ARTICLE

"The ingenious winner of this year's Young Architects Program (YAP) at the New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) PS1 is COSMO, a mobile, transparent, and artful system for purifying wastewater. Designed by Andrés Jaque's Office of Political Innovation, the machine aims to make visible the process of cleaning dirty water, exposing the value of this vital natural resources in the process.
Here's a description of Jaque's invention: "An assemblage of ecosystems, based on advanced environmental design, COSMO is engineered to filter and purify 3,000 gallons of water, eliminating suspended particles and nitrates, balancing the PH, and increasing the level of dissolved oxygen. It takes four days for the 3,000 gallons of water to become purified, then the cycle continues with the same body of water, becoming more purified with every cycle." The system uses no electricity, just sunlight and gravity to accomplish all of that."

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

UNEP and UN - HABITAT Calls for Wastewater Focus

Here two important documents about world water situation. As in the past decades we have still a lot to do..... and obviously there are great work's opportunities in the field of wastewater treatment. 
In the Two links below I copy the UN document and web page about this worst world situation.... 

UN report calls for Post 2015 agenda: 
UN Report Calls for Wastewater Focus in Post-2015 Agenda, as 80% of Worlds Wastewater Discharged Untreated
UN .pdf on the central role of wastewater management

UN Report Calls for Wastewater Focus in Post-2015 Agenda, as 80% of Worlds Wastewater Discharged Untreated

- See more at:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ready to deliver...

Here My car ready to deliver mine floating elements for an italian nursery!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WETPOL 2015 in York - UK

Here the first post of 2015 with the announcement of my favourite conference... the Wetpol. I was in Ghent in the first edition and like it very much!

International Symposium on
Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control

join the conference site here:

and on facebook here:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


What a wonderful construction found in the LEGO center in Berlin..... congratulation to the author!!!


I think I will start to build the first treatment wetlands.....ah ah ah !!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

my floating wetland in aquaponic system

Hi to all my dear readers.... just a fast post to show you what happen in 6 months of growing Iris in a floating system that I 've set up in the aquaponic AQUA-VET project here in North of Italy.
From 80 to 105 cm of root's system lenght.

I love this!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

bacteria and wastewater treatment - reblogged from The Water Network

I copy here a useful news from THE WATER NETWORK. This is a web portal with a lot of useful news about the water world. Join it on facebook at


Team Researching Seawater off the Primorsky Territory and Australia Has Found a New Strain of Bacteria that May Help Clean Wastewater

Workers of the Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and researchers from Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and Japan studied seawater in Chazhma Bay in the Sea of Japan in the Primorsky territory and Port Phillip Bay in the Tasman Sea, Australia, the institute said in a report. The new bacterial stain was called Marinobacter salarius and Marinobacter similis.

The scientists said the bacteria were capable of destroying chemical substances contained in synthetic detergents and certain types of medicines.

"Detergent molecules are difficult to destroy, and their dumping into water reservoirs regularly causes water bloom, which is damaging for water use and human health," the report said.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Unilever Supports Sanitation and pledges to help 25 million people gain improved access to toilets

Yes, the international company Unilever will supports Sanitation and pledges to help 25 million people gain improved access to toilets... let's read how!

This commitment is part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – Unilever’s blueprint for sustainable growth. It will contribute to our goal of helping one billion people improve their health and well being by 2020, and sit alongside existing goals on providing access to safe and affordable drinking water, and education on the importance of handwashing with soap.
An estimated 2.5 billion people – over one third of the world’s population – live without access to adequate sanitation. Of these, over one billion continue to defecate in the open. This has a serious impact on people’s health, nutrition, education, on gender equality and sustainable economic development. It is a global tragedy that a child dies of diseases related to poor sanitation every two minutes and it could be prevented.
“Business can and must be part of the solution in addressing global challenges that affect us all,” said Unilever CEO, Paul Polman. “That’s why we introduced the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan to positively contribute to the societies where we operate. With our portfolio of health and hygiene brands, our understanding of consumers’ needs and our global reach, we are uniquely placed to help improve people’s lives.”

this text is copied form the Unilever web page at 

I have an idea to submit at the Unilever CEO... let's write the e-mail to him!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Brown is the new green - Let's save a wetland in Maryland

few days ago I received an e-mail from a member of the Kunzang Palyul Chöling center. Let's read their needs, the story and their experience about treatment wetlands.

Groundbreaking Earth-friendly Wastewater Processing Project at Risk
“Brown is the New Green” is a campaign to support and maintain the first man-made wetlands in Maryland to process residential wastewater. In 1988, this new alternative, called a constructed wetlands, was just being pioneered to treat residential sewage to protect lakes and groundwater. This project, designed and installed at a Buddhist monastery and temple, has successfully treated wastewater with earth-friendly methods, and without any chemicals or untreated releases.

After 26 years of continuous and successful operation, this landmark environmental experiment is now at risk, requiring rehabilitation and maintenance. Gravel beds need to be removed and replaced, as well as clearing invasive plants and installing new aquatic plants. There is urgency to this project requiring planting before the first frost so aquatic plants have the opportunity to establish roots.

An Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $33,000 has been launched to support this short-term project. Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC) is a Buddhist temple in Poolesville, MD and home to monks and nuns, with a prayer and meditation room open 24 hours to the public and a 65-acre wildlife sanctuary with hiking trails and meditation gardens.
President of KPC, Claire Waggoner says “We’re proud of sustaining this green project for 26 years, yet as a small non-profit we need support to preserve it for the future”.  

The use of constructed wetlands has the potential to change how rural and developing locations treat their wastewater. Many parts of the US and the world have no water treatment facilities. Constructed wetlands require few resources and none of the chemicals than industrial water treatment facilities use.

KPC Temple is located at 18400 River Road, Poolesville, MD 20837. More information is available at
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our story, Shelley Sims at is the press contact.

friend's project

... and a friend call me... "Hi Dave, please tell me which are the best flowering plants that I can plant in this treatment wetland? But please tell me species that bees can pollinate".
Well, in my opinion, all the flowering wetland species can be used and in particular for the local climate: Caltha palustris, Iris pseudacorus, Iris ensata, Canna, Calla, Lythrum salicaria, Nymphaea alba, Nuphar lutea, Pomtederia cordata, Thalia dealbata... no reeds this time!

Friday, September 19, 2014

electrons and wastewater treatment!

This early morning I have listen a radio program here in Italy. The topic was "wastewater treatment with bacteria and electrons". Great!!! I thought, one more idea on wastewater treatment different than the traditional systems.
Here the link to the podcast:
radio link ( just in Italian) to RADIO 24 ILSOLE24ORE

I was also interviewed in the same radio few years ago. 

Well, I promptly contacted the prof. that following this project, which has kindly responded.I have also know that he is a wetland's friend!!!

"Aquaelectra is a project funded through the programme  INNPACTO from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.
This collaborative project has three objectives: to develop a natural system of sewage treatment using wetlands, to establish a bioelectric anaerobic treatment system for wastewater and to build a bioelectrogenic removal system of nutrients (nitrogen).
Bioelectrogenesis is a novel process by which certain bacteria can oxidize organic matter and transfer electrons generated directly to a solid surface conductive, for example, graphite so we can obtain and store clean energy.
Members  of Aquaelectra are IMDEA-Water Institute (Bioelectrogenesis group),  CENTA Foundation (Centre for New Water Technologies) and wastewater and water treatment companies JOCA, DAM  and Euroestudios, responsible for coordinating the projec."
From the web at

Saturday, September 13, 2014

TED Sidney, Nigel Marsh. a Great speech.

Nigel Marsh:
How to make work-life balance work

"Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen." copied from the following TED web page.

I want to share with you, my dear blog readers, this great talk of the TED in Sidney

and his  fb at

TED  is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independent TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.   from

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ecuador, a consulting for a friend!

"Hi prof, Luca here. I'm in Ecuador and need your experience to design a treatment wetlands for the discharge of  400 pigs. Actually they send pig slurry and wastewater into the river".

These are the first words wrote by Luca, a student of mine few years ago, which is actually in Ecuador for his university training.

The situation is common as in a lot of other places in the world. There is a discharge that is used to be sent into the nearest river. This is done because is the easiest way to be done. But not the right.
But thanks to some enlightened minds a good choice is done: treat it before the discharge.

I copy here few pictures of the situation sent by Luca:

He have had also the great idea to make a sketch.... but in situation like this it have to be consider the executive design:

Great job! thanks to share with me this experience!
Keep in touch to see the construction!