As more impervious materials and buildings takeover natural environments, creeks and rivers become more polluted. When it rains the water collects pollutants because the water flows over parking lots, buildings, and agricultural land. The water can collect oil, nitrogen, phosphorus, and small particles. These pollutants decrease the water quality in surrounding water bodies. Natural wetlands are excellent at removing pollutants from the water that flows through the filter media and are relatively inexpensive. Our objective this summer was to replicate the biological processes by constructing a treatment wetland in the greenhouse on the Rose-Hulman campus. Then we would test the abilities of the constructed wetland to remove nutrients, suspended solids, and organic material from Lost Creek water.
Creekbaum, Ila, "Constructed Treatment Wetland in Rose-Hulman Greenhouse" (2015). Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Research Publications. 6.