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Floating Rings Project

Like big hula hoops, floating rings are placed in the lake, and the interior is filled with water hyacinths, which work to consume contaminants and filter the water. Every couple of weeks, some of the hyacinths are harvested for use in composting operations to improve organic farming in the Lake Atitlán area, thus removing nutrients from the lake and converting those nutrients into high-quality organic compost for local farmers.

In this Phytoremediation project, floating rings will be placed in the lake, and the interior filled with water hyacinths. Water hyancinths are extremely fast growing, absorbing nutrients quickly and their roots hang down up to a foot below the surface creating a huge floating filtration area. Every couple of weeks, about half are harvested for use in composting operations to improve organic farming in the Lake Atitlán area thus removing nutrients from the lake and converting those nutrients into high quality organic compost for native farmers.