Wetlands: Treatment System Use

Authored by: Kyle R. Mankin

Managing Water Resources and Hydrological Systems

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138342668
eBook ISBN: 9781003045045
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781003045045-66

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Abstract

Wetland ecosystems generally can be defined by the presence of saturated soils and plants that grow well under these conditions. These two features promote many processes that trap, transform, and utilize a variety of the materials that flow into a wetland system with the incoming water. Because wetlands possess this capacity to remove contaminants from water, they have been utilized and even constructed for the purpose of treating polluted waters. As constructed treatment wetlands become a more common feature in municipal, rural, agricultural, and industrial settings, it is important to understand the features, processes, and design considerations that make these systems attractive natural-treatment options.

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