Floating ecosystem brings biodiversity to iconic lake

Floating ecosystem on Trout Lake/ Image: BlueTech Research

Vancouver’s Trout Lake in John Hendry Park has a new installation showcasing the environmental and social benefits of aquatic restoration.

The 60 square meter floating ecosystem is the result of a partnership between water technology intelligence company BlueTech Research, technology company Biomatrix Water, and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation.

The installation, completed by the team from Biomatrix Water could become a permanent feature at Trout Lake.  

Through our work at Biomatrix, we aim to create an opportunity for people to reconnect with the natural world at the heart of the places where they live.

Galen Fulford, Biomatrix

Biomatrix Water managing director Galen Fulford said: “Through our work at Biomatrix, we aim to create an opportunity for people to reconnect with the natural world at the heart of the places where they live.

“Natural wetland water systems have been increasing biodiversity and water quality and providing habitats for plants and animals for millennia. The installation of a floating ecosystem at John Hendry Park is an incredible opportunity to help create more thriving ecosystems right within the city of Vancouver.”

The floating ecosystems uses 100% sustainable, recycled, and non-toxic materials as well as improving water quality, habitat diversity, and mental wellbeing through increased contact with natural spaces.

Vancouver authorities hope it will also be a source of environmental education to reveal the benefits of aquatic restoration to the public.

Not only is this the first step in increasing biodiversity but it is an experiment in testing innovative new solutions to support our local flora and fauna and improve the natural habitats in which they live long term.

Chad Townsend, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

Chad Townsend, senior planner of environment and sustainability at the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation said: “The impacts of climate change are a continued threat to Vancouver’s environment and wildlife, we must do everything we can as a city to seek new, sustainable ways to support our greenspaces.

Not only is this the first step in increasing biodiversity in John Hendry Park, but it is an experiment in testing innovative new solutions to support our local flora and fauna and improve the natural habitats in which they live long term."

Close up of connecting platforms. Image: Biomatrix

The floating ecosystem is the first of its kind in the Lower Mainland. The installation is being added to Trout Lake to commemorate the tenth annual BlueTech Forum, which is bringing together technology and engineering experts, along with investors and thought leaders, to find collaborative solutions to the world’s water challenges.

The installation will also help offset carbon emissions from the Forum, with a percentage of every ticket going towards its funding. It joins others that Biomatrix Water have installed worldwide, including in the UK, US, Philippines, India and China.