PRLog - Jun. 11, 2012 - WOODS HOLE, Mass. -- Woods Hole, MA – John Todd Ecological Design, a pioneer in the use of natural systems for the remediation of impaired water, proudly announces the opening of an ecological restoration project. The project, a brown field site contaminated with #6 Oil in Grafton MA, is funded by the US EPA. The purpose of this project is to prove the efficacy of natural systems to remove complex contaminants from the Fisherville Mill Canal.
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“The Grafton Project”, as it has come to be known, is the first of its kind, using several innovative applied ecologies to eliminate toxic petroleum and other pollutants from the water and sediments. This project is the first to integrate applied ecosystems into an Eco-Machine on a site-wide scale. JTED designs are known for including representatives from all the kingdoms of life to create self-organizing and self-sustaining treatment systems.
Partners in the project include The Town of Grafton, the United States EPA, Massachusetts DEP, John Todd Ecological Design, Fungi Perfecti Inc. Sember Construction, the MA Audubon Society, Blackstone Headwaters Coalition, Clark University, Brown University, US National Park Service, Fisherville Redevelopment Corporation and Eugene Bernat.
JTED’s approach to remediation includes microbial, fungal, plant and animal biodiversity supported by engineered habitats for the ecosystems. Ecological design uses biodiversity in lieu of high-energy mechanical and chemical systems. JTED has over 20 years of designing and proving the efficacy of this approach to restore contaminated water bodies. This environmentally sustainable approach to purification and remediation is cost effective. This project will demonstrate the removal of #6 crude oil from the adjacent canal and we hope it will improve water quality downstream.
About John Todd Ecological Design
Today John Todd Ecological Design commercializes Dr. Todd’s scientific discoveries with an approach that is suited for applications in municipal, industrial and a variety of commercial wastewater environments to cleanse water, recapture valuable resources, and produce new products.
John Todd Ecological Design is a pioneer in the use of natural systems for the removal of chemicals, heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and other detrimental water pollutants. The remediation of impaired natural water bodies, soils, ecosystems and the building of sustainable businesses and healthy communities is our work.