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Integrated constructed wetlands (ICW): ecological development in constructed wetlands for manure treatment

Pieter Boets UGent, Evi Michels UGent, Erik Meers UGent, Koen Lock UGent, Filip Tack UGent and Peter Goethals UGent (2011) WETLANDS. 31(4). p.763-771
abstract
In Flanders (Belgium), treatment systems based on constructed wetlands have been successfully implemented to treat the liquid fraction of separated pig manure, resulting in water that meets the stringent discharge criteria. As these systems have proven their nutrient removal performance, attention has moved towards the concept of biodiversity development from a perspective of Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICWs). The spontaneous colonization of constructed wetlands with macroinvertebrates was examined to quantify the added biological value presented by a farmyard treatment wetland. In total, 17 taxa were found. The diversity of macroinvertebrates increased along the water treatment path in the system and was higher in summer than in autumn. Several pollution sensitive taxa like Orthetrum, Ischnura, and Cloeon were found at the last basins of the treatment wetland chain. Most species were insects, since their adults can easily aerially colonize these recently constructed systems. Water quality was assessed using the Multimetric Macroinvertebrate Index Flanders (MMIF), and showed a general increase towards the end of the treatment. The MMIF increased significantly with decreasing nutrient levels. ICWs adequately combine the treatment of wastewater with supporting and enhancing biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.
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WASTE-WATER, DIVERSITY, BIOTIC INTEGRITY, FLANDERS BELGIUM, TERTIARY-TREATMENT, DRIVING ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS, Taxa richness, MACROINVERTEBRATE COMMUNITY STRUCTURE, Ecological engineering, Macroinvertebrates, Nature development, Manure processing, QUALITY, INDEX, PONDS
journal title
WETLANDS
Wetlands
volume
31
issue
4
pages
763 - 771
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000296695000013
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
1.338 (2011)
JCR rank
123/203 (2011)
JCR quartile
3 (2011)
ISSN
0277-5212
DOI
10.1007/s13157-011-0193-4
language
English
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yes
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A1
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1898321
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1898321
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2011-09-07 13:15:36
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  abstract     = {In Flanders (Belgium), treatment systems based on constructed wetlands have been successfully implemented to treat the liquid fraction of separated pig manure, resulting in water that meets the stringent discharge criteria. As these systems have proven their nutrient removal performance, attention has moved towards the concept of biodiversity development from a perspective of Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICWs). The spontaneous colonization of constructed wetlands with macroinvertebrates was examined to quantify the added biological value presented by a farmyard treatment wetland. In total, 17 taxa were found. The diversity of macroinvertebrates increased along the water treatment path in the system and was higher in summer than in autumn. Several pollution sensitive taxa like Orthetrum, Ischnura, and Cloeon were found at the last basins of the treatment wetland chain. Most species were insects, since their adults can easily aerially colonize these recently constructed systems. Water quality was assessed using the Multimetric Macroinvertebrate Index Flanders (MMIF), and showed a general increase towards the end of the treatment. The MMIF increased significantly with decreasing nutrient levels. ICWs adequately combine the treatment of wastewater with supporting and enhancing biodiversity in agricultural landscapes.},
  author       = {Boets, Pieter and Michels, Evi and Meers, Erik and Lock, Koen and Tack, Filip and Goethals, Peter},
  issn         = {0277-5212},
  journal      = {WETLANDS},
  keyword      = {WASTE-WATER,DIVERSITY,BIOTIC INTEGRITY,FLANDERS BELGIUM,TERTIARY-TREATMENT,DRIVING ENVIRONMENTAL-FACTORS,Taxa richness,MACROINVERTEBRATE COMMUNITY STRUCTURE,Ecological engineering,Macroinvertebrates,Nature development,Manure processing,QUALITY,INDEX,PONDS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {763--771},
  title        = {Integrated constructed wetlands (ICW): ecological development in constructed wetlands for manure treatment},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13157-011-0193-4},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Boets, Pieter, Evi Michels, Erik Meers, Koen Lock, Filip Tack, and Peter Goethals. 2011. “Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW): Ecological Development in Constructed Wetlands for Manure Treatment.” Wetlands 31 (4): 763–771.
APA
Boets, P., Michels, E., Meers, E., Lock, K., Tack, F., & Goethals, P. (2011). Integrated constructed wetlands (ICW): ecological development in constructed wetlands for manure treatment. WETLANDS, 31(4), 763–771.
Vancouver
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Boets P, Michels E, Meers E, Lock K, Tack F, Goethals P. Integrated constructed wetlands (ICW): ecological development in constructed wetlands for manure treatment. WETLANDS. 2011;31(4):763–71.
MLA
Boets, Pieter, Evi Michels, Erik Meers, et al. “Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW): Ecological Development in Constructed Wetlands for Manure Treatment.” WETLANDS 31.4 (2011): 763–771. Print.