Wednesday, July 9, 2014

classic questions about treatment wetlands: work in cold climates?

If you work in treatment wetlands technology or if you are searching information about this green solution, you probably dealt with the question "work in cold climates?".

I know many treatment plants in cold regions all over the world but the following is one of the biggest, the newest, the well built: the Orhei treatment wetland plant in Moldova

Shortly copied from the globalwettech.com web site I summarize here few informations.

Visit the web site for more pictures and info.

  • In operation since: 2013
  • Type of wastewater treated: Domestic
  • Type of wastewater (other): + food processing
  • Hydraulic load: 4600 m³/day
  • Organic load (PE): 21.666 PE
  • Organic design load (kg BOD/day): 1300
  • Location: Orhei
  • Client: PIU Moldovia - WorldBank
  • Stage 1 type: French system
  • Stage 1 surface area (m²): 18.000
  • Stage 2 type: Vertical flow, unsaturated
  • Stage 2 surface area (m²): 17.000

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

a new and interesting book, written by a dear friend: Mark Nelson

After seven years I worked with him by e-mail, I finally met at the airport in Istanbul in March 2013, where we were both leaving for Iraq. He is a person truly exquisite and very knowledgeable. His past experiences have given him a lot and all of its current activities are admirable and very appreciable.

Here I show his last book on wastewater treatement within the technology that he has developed and registered: the WasteWaterGarden (TM).
Now available on amazon   and other book web site !!!

Thank you Mark to involve me in your projects
the front cover of the book

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The project in Iraq is going on....

Hello to All of our friends in Iraq,

We are with you always and very worried for your safety. We are still working for your beautiful country to keep it green and the water healthy.  We continue to design the Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden at Al Manar. This will be a 20,000 sq meter public site -on the way to the Mesopotamia Marshes National Park- where you can rest and enjoy your time.  Here are our first drawings for the wastewater garden at the Al Manar water treatment plant. We will have more realistic drawings soon.

But we wanted you to have something NOW to dream about for the future. So imagine a large area with plants, flowers,  trees, tiles, and reed  structures  that is actually cleaning the water before it goes into the Euphrates,
It will be a place to help recover from all of the strife.  
                                              
 In the face of war, environmental work has to continue for the health of all .               
In the midst of conflict, nature and beauty will help to heal.

Insha'allah,
The Eden in Iraq WWG Design Team abroad:
Meridel, Mark, Davide
and Pee


r, Clarence, and Yangheng

Friday, June 27, 2014

Philadelphia with a new Public Spaces on the Waterfront...It is floating!!!

reblogged from the Philadelphia  www.phillymag.com web site and I want to share with you this beautiful project:




The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), which is giving a shot of adrenaline to Philadelphia’s underused waterfront, is planning several new public spaces to draw people to the water and spur investment. You may have already heard about Spruce Street Harbor Park, a pop-up opening Friday, that’ll have floating barges and gardens, fountains, a boardwalk, a “mist garden,” lots of neat lighting, and a floating restaurant by Jose Garces. A large team of the region’s top designers and architects worked together on the project, including Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios, and Digsau, as well as The Heads of State (for branding).
The park's centerpiece will be the “oasis,” three 80’ x 30’ barges with trees and plantings, repurposed cargo containers with the restaurant, and a cantilevered net lounge where visitors can hang 3-4 feet above the water in hammocks. There’ll be colorful bistro tables and chairs, picnic tables, and Amish-made Adirondack chairs. The trees will be illuminated with colored lighting synced with that of the rest of the park. Nearby, seven “floating islands” surrounded by lily pads will house a water garden.


and rebloggged from www.myphillyalive.com/ another overview of the project. 

An Outdoor Paradise In Philly:


This project was with the help of an ArtPlace American grant and developed in conjunction with David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group and Interface Studios and Digsau. Through landscaping, programming, and art installations influenced by the maritime history of the area, the park will showcase the River’s industrial past and the bright future ahead for Philadelphia’s waterfront.
(PS the pictures are copied from the linked web sites)

algae living flow in Swiss.

Hi friends, as you  probably know I like very much algae systems. Here I show you a beautiful realization done at the Zahw in Swiss. (more reference about this project wil lbe posted in the next days).

Enjoy this video!!!



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

more on aquaponic

under the umbrella of the AQUA-VET (LLP UE project) I have also made a great video about my installation in a school here in North of Italy. take a look at this video!


here the set of logos of the project! and the official web site aqua-vet

I'm back!

Hello my dear readers.
I'm really sorry for this long silence on this blog. In the last six months I have been working on a master's degree and are now close to the end. Also my blogspot account was blocked from the site of the University who runs in the google web platform. Anyway I'm here again and ready to continue the publications about treatment wetlands.

In this period I made a survey in Swiss where I'm doing a project within OIKOS 2000, a good Swiss Company. Here we are designing the right way to reduce the pollution input in a beautiful 30 ha lake int he south-east side of Swiss. ( will prepare a post about this..)

 I went in Gaza for the UN project. Here was laid the first stone of the Kuwait School and planted the first tree!!! 
source "sole24ore"

In Iraq we are doing the final design and working hard to set up the financial budget. More at Meridel Web Site ,  the web site of the Project head with a lot of pictures and schemes.






Monday, December 30, 2013

rain gardens and treatment wetlands

A rain garden is a new way to reuse rain water. In many countries these days, heavy rains caused flooding. These floods occur because too much water can quickly reach the ultimate sinks. Large amounts of water can also carry high pollutant loads. Why not to stop them in their place of origin? within this stop the loading will be trapped as small quantities.

"Rain Garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosion, water pollution, flooding, and diminished groundwater). They can be designed for specific soils and climates. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.
Native plants are recommended for rain gardens because they generally do not require fertilizer and are more tolerant of one’s local climate, soil, and water conditions, and attract local wildlife such as native birds. The plants — a selection of wetland edge vegetation, such as wildflowers, sedges, rushes, ferns, shrubs and small trees — take up excess water flowing into the rain garden. Water filters through soil layers before entering the groundwater system. Root systems enhance infiltration, maintain or even augment soil permeability, provide moisture redistribution, and sustain diverse microbial populations involved in biofiltration. Also, through the process of transpiration, rain garden plants return water vapor to the atmosphere. A more wide-ranging definition covers all the possible elements that can be used to capture, channel, divert, and make the most of the natural rain and snow that falls on a property. The whole garden can become a rain garden, and each component of the whole can become a small-scale rain garden in itself." (copied from wikipedia at wiki/Rain_garden).

www.riqualificazioneurbana.com

www.centralohioraingardens.org


Monday, December 16, 2013

new service on fiverr (r)

hello, I find this very nice and cheap service on the web and I dicide to set up it. Find my new gig on http://fiverr.com/


Monday, November 25, 2013

ready for the step TWO

yes, everythings seem to go in the right way here in Amman. We have to do some arrangements to the project but after that we are ready for the step TWO: the executive drawing!


2000 students are waiting the new great sustainable green school for their gold future in Gaza Strip! Project made by a team under the umbrella of MCA : http://www.mcarchitects.it/project/palestine-school

The project is so great because I'm designing two treatment wetlands: one for greywaters and his reuse for washing WC and cleaning the floor, and one for the black water that is used, after treatment, for the irrigation of the school's garden and plants.
By this meeting here in Amman I have a new personal slogan: "I did not spread more shit in the environment". This will help me in my new professional works.

Monday, November 18, 2013

back to Amman for the United Nations project !

yes, I'm really proud to be part of the international team that are developint the first UN green school. Very soon we will be in Jordan to coordinate the final step to develope the executive project fot the final realization of this important project inside the Gaza Strip. Here I'm developing a treatment wetlands systems for grey and black waters with a reuse for gardening purposes.

more news very soon.

Roman past in Amman

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

DIRT.ASLA BLOG show good news on treatment wetlands

I am very appreciative to receive weekly newsletters of the DIRT ASLA blog (web at: dirt.asla.org ). From their site I copy this to explain you what they do: The Dirt TM blog covers the latest news on the built and natural environments and features stories on landscape architecture. Published weekly, The Dirt explores design and policy developments related to land and water use, urbanization, transportation, and climate change.


In their last newsletter they wrote about three books on designing resilient cities. One of these , the Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods, (amazon link) show in the cover page a beautiful image of a smart city with green walls, green roofs, green railroads, green sidewalks, and also a green structure that we can recognize as a treatment wetlands system. If you read the DIRT summary you can see that  each of the examples in the book are actually built. 


the cover page




detail of the treatment wetland
The treatment wetland that is present in the cover page and that is explained in the book is the "Living Machine" (TM) technology. this is a really interesting system developed in USA. 
Take a look on what they have done in San Francisco. sooooo coooooollllllll. 







Wednesday, October 2, 2013

restore an original reed area.....natural treatment wetlands

Yes, I know, for many of you common reed is a weed, for other is a tool to improve water quality. It is a weed and a good document The Nature Conservancy - common reed - ESA state this, and give you a lot of way to control his spreading. But it is also the best wetlands specie that you can use to plants  a constructed wetland's system.

As you see in the post below, during my last weekend I have planted 200 plants of  phragmites australis.... I'm sorry for the one that consider reed as a weed but I do that  to rewild an original reed area in the Lake of Garda in North of Italy.

This project was financed by the Municipality of Sirmione, a beautiful city in the Lake's shore with the aim to restore an original reed area destroyed by the construction of a small harbor.

It is not simple to plant species inside the lake because the water movement and the wave expecially during the winter storms can move the new plants planted.
Here I show you some pictures of the work:

ready? 

strongmen at work....



how to anchor the plants to the lakebed
done...

under the water....

a small stone help me to anchor it...









Sunday, September 29, 2013

from guerrilla gardening to GUERRILLA WETLANDING

Hi, I'm now in Sirmione (North of Italy) for a transplanting project into the waters of the Garda Lake. This afternoon, while I was planting common reeds and thinking about my work I have had a linking idea..... do you know the green movement "guerrilla gardening"? yes.... I was do the same but as GUERRILLA WETLANDING,... ah ah ah I laught a lot.... in the next days I'll post the pictures of this project.
plant a reed

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

treatment wetland with surface flow

Yeahhhh, after almost 13 years I can show you my first surflace flow constructed wetland. This project was designed early 2000 when I was working in the Brentella Water Management District here in North-East of Italy. The project was so innovative in that time and aimed to realize a water treatment system inside a storage basin to reduce the hydraulic risk in the watershed.

As you know there are 4 treatment wetland's system: horizontal, vertical, floating and surface.
The surface flow systems are so difficult to be build here in Italy because they require a lot of surface, etc... but anyway we can realize it when is possible. The final result is so natural !

After a long time need to get the law authorization in 2013 they start to dig the basin and next month this project will be completed and planted with an high number ow wetland and trees species with the reason to increase also the local biodiversity.

take a look at the design and at some pictures I got this morning:







Wednesday, September 4, 2013

back to Iraq

Hi dear readers here I'm back to Iraq to do some new meetings, visit new potential sites and so on. It's so hot here!

take a look at others uses of reed's biomass:

BURNING FOR COOKING OUR BREAKFAST

GRAZING AREA FOR WATER BUFFALO (all this area is grazed by water buffalos...until the horizon line)


HOUSES CONSTRUCTION

Monday, August 26, 2013

sws 2013 - wetland conference - poster in progress

hi friend, here my new poster for the sws2013  wetland conference that will be held in Italy next week.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Austria, Central Europe, Tirol, 1855 m above sea level

hello dear treatmentwetlands readers, I hope most of you are on holiday....or still working? Both are right!
Last week I were in Austria and during a landscaping excursion on the Tirol sunny mountains I have found this beautiful phragmites field. Keep calm, don't think it is a big sloping treatment wetland.. it is just a natural reed field but the strange of it is that I was at 1855 m asl. As you seen the highest part of it is near 2000 m asl...

Well somewhere in the world you can realize also treatment wetlands systems with phragmites also at this altitude!
I think I will contact the local administrators to promote treatment wetlands!


Friday, August 2, 2013

hi friends, LIVE greetings from 1498 m asl from Rifugio Casera Bosconero in the Dolomiti area North of Italy, where 2 beds for a total of 80 sqm treat the wastewaters!  All the bed surface was planted in 2004 with local species, now there are senecio, aconitum and few others.... and yes we get clean water in the final tank!!!
take a look at these beautiful and significative pictures!!!



in the older posts there are a lot of information about this plants

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

an important news for the most important and ancient wetland in the world: THE FIRST NATIONAL PARK IN IRAQ IS IN THE WETLANDS

I copy and paste here below the full press release about the declaration of the first national park in Iraq.
When I was there in March I visit it and I found in fantastic. Here two pictures of it:


from: http://www.natureiraq.org/1/post/2013/07/press-release-national-park1.html


Iraq Declares its First National Park 


On 23rd July 2013, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the designation of the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first National Park. The efforts to declare this unique landscape a park and protected area began in 2006 through a joint effort by Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Municipalities with support from Nature Iraq, an Iraqi environmental conservation organization, and other national and international institutions. Financial support for the effort came from the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea.

The Mesopotamian Marshlands of southern Iraq were once the 3rd largest wetlands in the world, originally extending between twelve and fifteen thousand square kilometers and partially covering the three southern governorates of Iraq (Missan, Thi Qar & Basrah). They were a vital resource for regional fisheries, reeds, and other natural resources; the home of the indigenous Ma’dan Marsh Arab culture, which is directly linked to ancient Sumeria; and a globally important area for large numbers of migrant and wintering birds, and the native habitat of endemic birds and other valuable wildlife. In the 1990s, the Saddam regime conducted a campaign to completely drain the marshlands, reducing their footprint by nearly 93%. The United Nations Environmental Programme called this action the worst environmental disaster of the last century.  But after 2003, local people and the government took action to restore the waters, and the southern marshlands, though greatly changed, have returned, as have the birds, fish, water buffalo and the Ma’dan, and remain a vital economic and ecological resource.

Azzam Alwash, founder and President of the Board of Directors of Nature Iraq said of the recent declaration: “With this action, Iraq has acted to preserve the cradle of civilization.  It is now the duty of the world to help Iraq maintain these wetlands for the future generations by helping Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran to reach an equitable agreement on the sharing of the waters in the basin of the Tigris and Euphrates.”

Nature Iraq particularly applauds the difficult work done by the staff of the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ministry of Environment, and the National Park Committee to make the Park a reality. Much work remains to be done to make the park a reality on the ground. Soon, the park, if properly implemented and managed, can provide both a refuge for Iraq’s marshland biodiversity and a sustainable boost to the local economy through park-related tourism and related socio-economic development projects.

For more information on Iraq’s first National Park, please contact Nature Iraq via email at info@natureiraq.org or contact Ammar Zakri, CEO at +964 770 211 6258.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hi TWs friends, in this hot sunny day here in Italy I just made a simple post: copy and past from facebook this important article based on the UN Millenium Development Goals. One of this goal is about the sanitation for all. Join this article and share it! thanks. 


UN Millennium Development Goals ha condiviso la foto diUNICEF Africa.
Despite progress, 2.5 billion in developing countries still lack access to improved sanitation facilities. More on Goal 7 here:http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/environ.shtml


Would you live in a place with no toilet?
Lampouni, 16, and her dad didn’t want to. So… they build it themselves!
In Togo, less than 12% people in rural areas have access to improved latrines. That’s too little. As part of a project funded by European Commission - Development & Cooperation - EuropeAid, more than 90’000 people have been involved in building their own latrines.
Photos UNICEF/ Togo 2013/ Essi Fafa Soulé
Find out more on:http://www.unicef.org/wcaro/french/4501_7427.html

Friday, July 5, 2013

incoming important wetland conferences: WETPOL - 2013 and SWS - 2013

WETPOL 2013,



The 5th International Symposium on Wetland Pollutant Dynamics and Control, WETPOL 2013,  co-organized by the Ecole des Mines de Nantes and GEPEA will be held in Nantes from October 13 to 17, 2013.

WETPOL 2013 addresses the latest advances in the field of pollution control and diffusion in natural and constructed wetlands.

WETPOL 2013 will be at the border of process engineering, applied biology, ecology and environmental chemistry. The symposium will enable international exchanges and scientific cooperation.

WETPOL 2013 will be organized according to the following themes:
  • Mobility and sequestration of trace elements;
  • Behaviour of priority and emerging pollutants in wetlands;
  • Attenuation of diffuse pollution in wetlands;
  • Molecular and microbial advances related to pollutant fate, disposal and removal in wetlands;
  • Biogeochemical processes of pollutants in natural and constructed wetlands;
  • Pollutant modelling in wetlands;
  • Wetland's role in pollutant management at the catchment scale;
  • Wetlands and water reuse;
  • Impact of global climate change on wetland systems.
WETPOL 2013 is aimed at:
  • Researchers specialising in environmental sciences;
  • Engineers working in research and development;
  • Representatives from the water sector (local community, water agencies, etc.);
  • Entrepreneurs;
  • Policy regulators.

SWS 2013 

EUROPEAN CHAPTER MEETING INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

conference web site: http://sws2013eu.wordpress.com/

The conference will cover the following topics:
.
  • Biodiversity and landscape
  • Natural, restored and constructed wetlands
  • Role of wetlands in water cycling at basin scale
  • Wetland Hydrology
  • Wetland microbiology
  • Wetland vegetation
  • Wetland fauna
  • Carbon sequestration and GHG emissions in wetlands
  • Nitrogen removal and turnover in wetlands
  • Phosphorus biogeochemistry in wetlands
  • Contaminants fate in wetlands
  • Wetland substrates
  • Wetland modelling
  • Natural wetland management
  • Wetland systems for water pollution control
  • Biomass management and utilization
  • Wetland outflow reuse
.
The SWS Conference will be structured in one plenary session, six parallel thematic sessions, one poster session and one field trip.
A special symposium on “Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change on Peatland Biodiversity and Biogeochemistry” will be organised by PEATBOG in parallel on Wednesday September 4th. 
The conference will be held in Padova from September 1st to September 4th.

The magnificent city of Padua, site of one of the oldest University of the world, founded in 1222, offers historical andenvironmental attractions together with unique food experiences. Padua is very close (30 km) to the beautiful and unforgettable city of Venice and is well linked with internationally and nationally important cities.

The beginning of September usually presents a favourable climate, perfect for excursions and vacations to the sea, mountains and countryside, all at short distance from Padova.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

treatment wetland..... basic definitions

Treatment wetlands (TW) are a green technology that reproduce in a confined area the chemicals, physicals and biological reactions that occurs in natural wetland systems.

The water quality improvements in natural wetlands had been observed by scientists and engineers for many years. This led to the development of CW as an attempt to replicate the water quality and the habitat benefits of the natural wetland in a constructed ecosystem to serve human water pollution.
Due to his natural origin and behaviour TW are complex systems in terms of biology, hydraulics and water chemistry.
Natural and constructed wetlands rely on solar insulation as a main driving energy, and warmer climates improve treatment rates (Kadlec,1996).

Within this system various kind of wastewaters are treated and transformed by the complex plants-fill medium-microbial colonies that develop and progress during the years inside the treatment bed (Cooper 1996, Masi 2000, Shepherd 2001, Borin 2005, Tocchetto 2006, 2007). The biological reactions are due to the activity of micro organisms attached to the available submerged substrate surfaces (plant roots growing in the media, and the surfaces of the media themselves).