targeted area or intended use and can be upwards of 100 by 200 feet in dimension or as multiple,10 by 10 foot or larger units used together. The P-Pod can be used in one of three ways:1.By allowing for the physical disturbance of contaminated or nutrient-rich detritus andsediment captured within deployed P-Pods then removing the isolated volume of water and suspended contaminant/nutrient-rich materials within each P-Pod.2.By capturing the natural release of contaminants or nutrients from sediments, detritus anddecaying plants beneath each P-Pod as these are naturally released by microbialdegradation, diffusion, or physical separation. Then removing and treating this isolated but now nutrient- or contaminant-enriched water from each P-Pod.3.By inducing microbial degradation, using herbicides, or altering geochemical or hydraulic properties within the isolated area of each P-Pod to enhance the release of nutrients andcontaminants from sediment, detritus or decaying plants. Then removing and treating thisisolated but now nutrient- or contaminant-enriched water from each P-Pod.The contents of each P-Pod are removed in a controlled manner using a pump and piping that can be connected to each P-Pod. Recovered water is then treated to remove nutrients or contaminants. Any detritus or sediments captured by the P-Pod removal process can also beseparated out from the water, tested, and permanently removed from the water body. We canassist with identifying available disposal or reuse options for recovered nutrients andcontaminants.For excess nutrients and contaminants, this is a permanent removal process. Sampling andlaboratory analysis of “before and after” water and detritus/sediment is used to verify theeffectiveness of the P-Pod process for removing targeted nutrients or contaminants from water bodies.
COMPARISON OF P-POD TO OTHER REMOVAL OR TREATMENT METHODS
The P-Pod process can permanently remove nutrients or contaminants from water bodies. Whencompared to other methods, the P-Pod process has lower costs over time; less potential for harmor disruption to ecological receptors and water users; and similar or less permitting requirements.It is important to note that the P-Pod process has some distinct advantages over other methods:P-Pod vs Traditional Dredging Methods: In addition to their much higher costs, traditionaldredging methods are not necessarily effective at removing the easily disturbed, almost smoke-like upper layer of sediment and detritus where nutrients and contaminants often concentrate.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE NUTRIENT/CONTAMINANT CONTAINING WATER AND DETRITUS/SEDIMENT REMOVED FROM EACH P-POD?
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