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Barco, A., and Maurizio Borin, 2020 Treatment performances of floating wetlands: A decade of studies in North Italy, Ecological Engineering, Volume 158, 2020

Boonsong, K and Chansiri, M, 2008, Domestic Wastewater Treatment using Vetiver Grass Cultivated with Floating Platform Technique, Assumption University Journal of Technology. 12(2): 73-80 (Oct. 2008)

Borne, K, 2012, Floating Treatment Wetland To Treat Stormwater Runoff, Silverdale Pond, New Zealand, Interim report No.2, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland.

Borne, K., Fassman-Beck, E., Winston, R., Hunt, W., Tanner, C., 2015. Implementation and maintenance of floating treatment wetlands for urban stormwater management. J. Environ. Eng. 04015030.

Borne, KE, Fassman, EA, and Tanner CC, 2013, Floating treatment wetland retrofit to improve stormwater pond performance for suspended solids, copper and zinc, Ecological Engineering 54 (2013) 173– 182

Headley, TR, and Tanner CC, 2006, Application of Floating Wetlands for Enhanced Stormwater Treatment: A Review, Auckland Regional Council Technical Publication No. 324,November 2006

Headley, TR, and Tanner, CC, 2008, Floating Treatment Wetlands: an Innovative Option for Stormwater Quality Applications, 11th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control, November 1-7, 2008 Indore, India

Hornbuckle, A, 2016, Floating Treatment Wetlands, Presentation to the Treatment Systems in Coastal Catchments Forum. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Brisbane, July 2016 

Lucke, T, Walker, C and Beecham, S, 2019, Experimental design of field-based constructed floating wetland studies: A review. Science of the Total Environment. 660:199-208.

Lynch, J, Fox, LJ, Owen Jr. JS and Sample, DJ, 2015 Evaluation of commercial floating treatment wetland technologies for nutrient remediation of stormwater, Ecological Engineering 75: 61-19.

Nichols, P, Lucke, T, Drapper, D, and Walker, C, 2016, Performance Evaluation of a Floating Treatment Wetland in an Urban Catchment, Water 2016, 8, 244

Olguín, EJ, Sánchez-Galván, G, Melo, FJ, Hernández, VJ, González-Portela, RE, 2017, Long-term assessment at field scale of Floating Treatment Wetlands for improvement of water quality and provision of ecosystem services in a eutrophic urban pond, J. Science of the Total Environment 584–585 (2017) 561–571

Park, J, Headley, T, Sukias, J, and Tanner C, 2008, Attenuation of Nutrients in Eutrophic Lake Water Using Floating Treatment Wetlands – Mesocosm Trials, NIWA Client Report: HAM2008-111, June 2008, National Institute of Water And Atmospheric Research Ltd, Hamilton.

Pavlineri, N, Skoulikidis, NT, and. Tsihrintzis, VA, 2017, Constructed Floating Wetlands: A review of research, design, operation and management aspects, and data meta-analysis, Chemical Engineering Journal 308 (2017) 1120–1132

Sharma, R, Vymazal, J, and Malaviya, P, 2021 Application of floating treatment wetlands for stormwater runoff: A critical review of the recent developments with emphasis on heavy metals and nutrient removal, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 777, 2021, 146044

Smith, MP, and Kalin, M, 2000, Floating Wetlands Vegetation Covers for suspended Solids Removal, Treatment Wetlands for Water Quality Improvement, Quebec 2000 Conference Proceedings.

Sukias, JPS, Yates, CR, and Tanner CC, 2010, Assessment of Floating Wetlands for Remediation of eutrophic Lake Waters – Maero Stream (Lake Rotoehu), NIWA Client Report: HAM2010-104, December 2010, National Institute of Water And Atmospheric Research Ltd, Hamilton, New Zealand

Tanner, CC, Headley, TR, 2011, Components of floating emergent macrophyte treatment wetlands influencing removal of stormwater pollutants, Ecological Engineering 37 (2011) 474–486

Tanner, CC, Sukias, J, Park, J, Yates, C, and Headley, T, 2011, Floating Treatment Wetlands: A new tool for Nutrient Management in lakes and Waterways, NIWA, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Tondera, K, Blecken, GT, Chazarenc, F, Lucke, T, and Tanner CC, 2018, Chapter 2 Treatment Techniques for Variable Flows in K. Tondera et al. (eds.), Ecotechnologies for the Treatment of Variable Stormwater and Wastewater Flows, Springer Briefs in Water Science and Technology

Vazquez-Burney, R, Bayus, J, Messer, R, Harris, J, 2015, Floating Wetland Islands as a Method of Nitrogen Mass Reduction: Results of a 1-year Test, Water Sci Technol. 2015;72(5):704-10

Walker, Christopher, Katharina Tondera, and Terry Lucke. 2017. "Stormwater Treatment Evaluation of a Constructed Floating Wetland after Two Years Operation in an Urban Catchment" Sustainability 9, no. 10: 1687.

Wang, CY, Sample, DJ, Day, SD, and Grizzard, TJ, 2015, Floating treatment wetland nutrient removal through vegetation harvest and observations from a field study, Ecological Engineering 78 (2015) 15–26

Wanielista, MP, Chang, NBi, Chopra, M, Xuan, ZM, Islam, K, and Marimon, Z, 2012, Floating Wetland Systems for Nutrient Removal in Stormwater Ponds, Report No. SMA 1660 7026, For Stormwater Management Academy Stormwater Management Academy Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816

Winston, RJ, Hunt, WF, Kennedy, SG, Merriman, LS, Chandler, J, and Brown D, 2013, Evaluation of floating treatment wetlands as retrofits to existing stormwater retention ponds, Ecological Engineering 54 (2013) 254– 265

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Last updated: 10 June 2022

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