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Evaluation of Constructed Wetlands on Phosphate Mined Lands in Florida. Volume I: Project Summary

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The primary research task of this project was to assess and analyze the available data base on constructed wetlands on phosphate mined lands in Florida, and where necessary, to supplement existing data with limited additional sampling, and computer modeling. Research goals were directed at determining current technical and operational success of created wetlands to develop as persistent, functioning, and integrated ecosystems. This was accomplished through an evaluation of design criteria and the wetland structure and function that has developed on existing sites. Specific research goals of the project are given below followed by a synopsis of major research findings addressing each goal.