Retention ~ Detention – Floating Island Ecosystem
The retention pond on the property of the Cameron museum enables a direct collaboration with a local aquatic ecosystem that is out of balance as a result of over development and human generated run off. The man made island provides a reciprocal benefit of reducing micro plastics and excess nutrients in the pond while also growing native species plants through a process known as bioremediation. An array of native water plants were planted throughout the island in the Spring 2022, filtering the water by absorbing nitrogen and phosphates through their submerged roots. By reducing the nutrient levels in the pond, these plants help to reduce algae blooms which can lead to low oxygen environments where toxic cyanobacteria can grow. In the Fall of 2022 a 3D printed, algae inspired structure will pulse with light and data collected through a water quality sensor bank with a solar powered data transmission system. By translating data from the island’s solar powered water quality sensor system, we attempt to make the invisible visible. After dark, the island will pulse with light and color, translating data into a multi-media display that helps our community understand when the ponds aquatic ecosystem is in or out of balance. This project was created by Gene A. Felice II in collaboration with Dr. Catherina Alves-de-Souza, The Coaction Lab and the Algal Resources Collection at UNCW.