Critical riparian edge habitat

The riparian edge is the land immediately adjacent to streams, lakes or other bodies of water, and is one of the most productive biological systems in the world. Rich soils, abundant moisture and the presence of nutrients support a complex natural community of plants and other wildlife. But this habitat, once destroyed, is difficult and costly to recreate. BioHaven floating islands offer a wonderful way to create new critical riparian edge habitat. Wetland Mitigation Banking is a program administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers, where for every area of wetland which is lost to development; credits must be earned by creating or restoring equivalent wetland areas. Floating islands potentially have a major part to play in wetland creation and restoration. Around lakes and ponds, the land exposed when the water-level is low is unproductive. This can be compensated for with floating islands, which provide a durable and flexible solution.

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