Revitalising Waterways

A healthy river is a living river, with clean vital water that supports a diversity of aquatic life: microorganisms, plants, fish, turtles, otters etc.. The more diverse the ecology within the river the more resilient it can be to the inevitable inflows of pollution, be them from urban or agricultural runoff, sewage or industry.  Biomatrix specialises in river restoration.  Our Floating Ecosystems are engineered to improve water quality within rivers and canals as they increase aquatic life, leading to a balanced and revitalised waterway.

BEFORE

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After

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Living Rivers Promote Health

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Communities Support River Restoration

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Biomatrix River Restoration Services

  • Site Surveys & Visits
  • Water Quality & Management Consulting
  • Preliminary Design & Visualisations
  • Engineering and Process Calculations
  • Active Islands & Active Edges for River Restoration
  • Community Training, Education & Art

Main Benefits of Biomatrix Active Ecosystems

  • Increased Water Clarity
  • Reduced Algae and Cyanobacteria Growth
  • Reduced Nutrients Levels
  • Mitigation of Odours
  • Increased Resilience to Shock Loads
  • Reduced Health Risk
  • Increased Beauty & Visitor Attraction
  • Increased Riverside Property Value

Design Visualisation for River Restoration in Glasgow

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Floating Riverbank Restoration Systems Rise & Fall With Changing Water Level

Typical High Water Level

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Typical Mid Water Level

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Typical Low Water Level

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Before

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Newly Planted

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After

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Hard Edge: Sheet pile, concrete, stone, brick etc..

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  • Limited ecology & habitat.
  • Lack of emergent water plants facilitates weed growth, such as duck weed.
  • Limited shelter for fish & aquatic biodiversity.
  • Limited natural cleansing process of riparian ecology.
  • Low waterscape amenity value.
  • Safety risk to pedestrians.

Hard Edge Restored with Active Edge

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  • Cross sectional area remains open.
  • Ideal shelter for fish & aquatic biodiversity, supports Water Framework Directive.
  • Responds dynamically to changing water levels.
  • Improved ecology above & below the water.
  • Natural water quality enhancement, with full contact between plants and water.
  • Durable, marine grade, engineered structure.
  • Stainless steel & HDPE won’t biodegrade.
  • Adjustable curvature to match waterway.
  • Modular system may be moved or re-configured.

Sloped Waterway Hard Edge: Sheet Pile, concrete, stone etc..

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  • Limited ecology & habitat.
  • Lack of emergent water plants facilitates weed growth, such as duck weed.
  • Limited shelter for fish & aquatic biodiversity.
  • Limited natural cleansing process of riparian ecology.
  • Low waterscape amenity value.
  • Safety risk to pedestrians.

Hard Edge Restored with Active Edge

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  • Cross sectional area remains open.
  • Ideal shelter for fish & aquatic biodiversity, supports Water Framework Directive.
  • Responds dynamically to changing water levels.
  • Improved ecology above & below the water.
  • Natural water quality enhancement, with full contact between plants and water.
  • Durable, marine grade, engineered structure.
  • Stainless steel & HDPE won’t biodegrade.
  • Adjustable curvature to match waterway.
  • Modular system may be moved or re-configured.

Floating Islands are a Living Treatment Matrix

Treat Pollution Where it Enters the Waterbody

Floating Islands can be strategically placed throughout the river or waterway to provide enhanced treatment, and to support wildlife and biodiversity.  Floating Islands are a living matrix that provides biological treatment and improves circulation.  They can be paired with Floating Riverbank treatment to maximise the restoration effort.

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For lakes, rivers or canals with heavy inflows of pollution or septic overflow during storms a section of the water body can be made into a lagoon to treat this water directly before it enters the rest of the waterway.

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Floating Islands

Floating Riverbanks

Visit our Floating Island product page to learn more about this powerful floating island technology for river restoration.

Turbo Active Island Reactors

Visit our Turbo Active Island Reactors product page to learn more about this powerful method of treatment that combines a floating island matrix with aeration and dynamic media.

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Visit our Floating Riverbank product page to learn more about transforming hard edged banks into living treatment ecosystems.

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