Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Wetlands Designed To Treat Waste Water.

Byline: Jeff Simons The Associated Press

Santa Fe Firm Leads New Field

Home to thousands of species of plants, wildlife and microbes, wetlands are biological dynamos. They also are natural filters for water runoff, removing pollutants before they reach rivers and water tables.

And that has made wetlands with their cattails, reeds, algae, reptiles, fish, herons, mallards a model for a natural solution to the pervasive American problem of waste water.

Throughout the United States, there are about 600 manmade wetlands actively treating waste water generated by farms, cities, industries and storm run-off, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

One company Santa Fe-based Natural Systems International has designed more than 350 wetlands to treat waste water for small communities, businesses and schools in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

"It's a very appropriate technology," said John Juston, environmental engineer for DB Environmental Laboratories Inc. …

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