Thursday, September 1, 2016

St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2

The magic happens before the toxins and pollutants go into the St Louis storm water system.

Phytoremediation Process Plant Diagram Root Stem Leaves

Article 2 Plants as Water Protectors blog series

Article 5- Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics
Article 4- Plants as Water Protectors
Article 3- Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis
Article 2- St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2
Article 1- IKEAs lesser known environmental project

Plants and the Plant Roots phyto-extract the toxins that washes into the riparian buffer zone from the parking lot of the IKEA store in St Louis.
Elevated drainage point in buffer zone gives the phytoremediation plants root systems the time needed to absorb the toxins.

The following land uses are considered to have a potential for contaminated soil, which may adversely affect the quality of groundwater discharging to surface water. These uses may qualify a project site, or portions of a project site, as a hotspot.
  • Sites designated as Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act sites, also known as Superfund Sites,
  • Auto recycler facilities and junk yards,
  • Commercial laundry and dry cleaning facilities,
  • Commercial nurseries,
  • Vehicle fueling stations, service and maintenance areas,
  • Toxic chemical manufacturing and storage facilities,
  • Petroleum storage and refining facilities,
  • Public works storage areas,
  • Airports and deicing facilities,
  • Railroads and rail yards,
  • Marinas and ports,
  • Heavy manufacturing and power generation facilities,
  • Landfills and hazardous waste material disposal facilities, and
  • Sites located on subsurface material such as fly ash known to contain mobile heavy metals and toxins.

Suggestion on Designing a Riparian Phytoremediation Buffer Zone for the St Louis Region: 

  • Rainfall Distribution 50 years of rainfall data for St. Louis, indicates that 90 percent of all rainfall events are 1.14 inches or smaller. 
  • Communities with large geographic areas may find it beneficial to obtain data from different areas in a community to account for variability in rainfall patterns. 
  • Rainfall data sets and distributions can be derived from weather service organizations such as the United States Geological Survey ( Cumulative Rainfall Distribution for St. Louis, MO

Next post: How would a Phytoremediation Buffer Zone help Westlake Landfill.