As a company, Spadefoot is constantly striving to achieve water treatment goals through the use of native plantings. Not only do these plantings create a thriving biome, but they also ensure that water is adequately filtered. In addition, we have taken it one step further by licensing technology from Enbiorganic, which gives us the means to address two of Long Island’s most pressing issues: harmful algal blooms and nitrogen-rich runoff. Let’s take a closer look at how this technology works and why it matters for Long Island.  

The Benefits of Bioswales 

A bioswale is an engineered landscape feature designed to redirect polluted stormwater off roads and parking lots into planted depressions so that the runoff can be filtered through native plantings before entering a larger body of water. This process helps protect local wildlife habitats and prevents flooding in nearby areas. By implementing bioswales on your property, you can help improve the environment while preventing damage due to flooding or water pollution.  

Constructing Marshes to Treat Runoff

For years, Spadefoot has been constructing marshes along flooded streets to treat runoff and ensure it does not enter local bodies of water. This process involves planting native marsh plants and other vegetation that will help absorb pollutants from the runoff and prevent them from entering larger bodies of water. This method has proven effective in reducing the number of pollutants present in local waters, thus improving the overall quality of life on Long Island.  

 Converting Sumps into Bird Sanctuaries

Sumps are often seen as a nuisance because they can collect large amounts of stormwater during periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt. However, at Spadefoot, we have converted sumps into bird sanctuaries by planting all native plants around them. Not only does this restore the sump’s ability to manage stormwater, it also creates an attractive habitat for birds and other wildlife species living on Long Island. Additionally, these planted areas act as recharge basins for groundwater supplies during periods when there is little precipitation or snowfall present.   

  By using native plantings and leveraging new technologies like Enbiorganic’s wastewater treatment technology, Spadefoot is helping to improve water treatment on Long Island with projects such as bioswales, constructed marshes, and converted sumps turned bird sanctuaries. These efforts ultimately result in better-filtered water that does not harm local wildlife habitats or cause flooding in nearby areas; instead, it helps create sustainable solutions for Long Island’s important aquatic resources!  Through our dedication to protecting the environment while providing functional solutions for our clients, we are making sure that Long Island stays safe from both floods and pollution!