FAQs

Where can I purchase a BioHaven® floating treatment wetland?

FIIDistributorsMapOur products are produced and sold exclusively through Martin Ecosystems and our network of distributors. These distributors have advanced, hands-on technical training in the construction, vegetation, launching, and anchoring of the BioHaven® Technology. Please contact us to find a distributor in your area.

How can I become a licensed distributor?

If you are interested in becoming a licensed distributor of Martin Ecosystems products, please contact us for additional information.

What is the difference between conventional wetlands and floating treatment wetlands?

BioHaven® Floating Treatment Wetlands (BFTW) clean water faster than conventional wetlands because their design creates a more concentrated environment. Our floating treatment wetlands are scalable, customizable and more cost effective than conventional wetlands. They can also be launched in almost any water depth and can efficiently operate in virtually any waterway. Learn more about the science behind how BFTWs work.

What kinds of plants can be used to vegetate BioHaven® Floating Treatment Wetlands and other Martin Ecosystems products?

PlantingPlantsWickingChannelsPlants used to vegetate BioHaven® Floating Treatment Wetlands (BFTW) are generally low-maintenance perennials selected from those native to the region in which the island will be launched. When BFTW’s are being utilized as a habitat for birds, fish or other wildlife, plants which attract the targeted species and meet their environmental needs are used. Annual plants, including fruits and vegetables, have been successfully grown on islands using BioHaven® Technology.

Does the BioHaven® Floating Technology only work in freshwater lakes?

No. Our products can be launched in virtually any waterway, including both freshwater and marine settings. If you are installing in a marine environment, be sure to select the correct vegetation for that environment. BioHaven® Floating Breakwaters (BFB) have been successfully deployed in marine environments along Coastal Louisiana having endured and survived tropical storm and hurricanes conditions.

How is the BioHaven® Floating Technology secured in place?

They are secured in place using several different methods depending on location and the environment. Cement anchors can easily be made and offer a quick solution for many small islands. In susceptible environments with high wave energies, helical anchors can be driven into the water bottoms. Helical anchors require large commercial equipment and should be installed by Martin Ecosystems.

Does the BioHaven® Floating Technology and Other Products have to be maintained?

This depends on the application or desired look that you are trying to achieve. In treatment applications, such as stormwater treatment or waste water treatment, BFTWs can be maintained by removing weeds and volunteer species along with pruning back the plants. This is recommended twice annually. If you are looking for a more natural, less manicured look, little to no maintenance is required.

What is the lifespan or longevity of the BioHaven® Floating Technology?

The oldest BioHaven® structure is approximately 9 years old and is currently operating properly. The materials comprising the BioHaven® Floating Technology have been selected to be inert, durable, and nontoxic. Considering product knowledge and visual observations, the expected operational lifetime of BioHaven® Floating Technology that have been designed and installed with consideration of site-specific environmental conditions will be more than ten years.

What time of year is best for launching a BioHaven® Floating Technology and Other Products?

BioHavens® can be launched any time of year. Plant species, planting zone, temperature, and rain tolerance should all be considered when deciding the time of year to install your product.

How much weight can a BioHaven® Floating Product support?

The standard BioHaven® Floating Technology product is manufactured with twelve (12) pounds of buoyancy per square foot. They can also be customized and/or engineered to support increased weight, by adding additional layers of matrix and foam.