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Cascade Meadow installs floating island

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Environmentalists were out in Rochester Friday afternoon building a new eco-system out in a storm water pond.

The Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science center added the floating island ecosytem to a storm water pond near the Rochester Athletic Center.

The island is made from a base of recycled plastic bottles which the group hopes will attract microorganisms that combat algae.

Cascade Meadow teamed up with Heidi's Lifestyle Gardens, Sargent's, and Midwest Floating Islands of Saint Paul to construct the eco-friendly floating island, which is intended to serve as a habitat for animals living in or around the pond and as a water filtration system.

"We're excited to get this out and launched. It's going to be a beautiful addition to this gorgeous complex and it's a nice way for them to be able to showcase another technology," said Arlys Freeman, president of Midwest Floating Island, which helped install the island. 

 The team showered their project in Gatorade as a celebration before pushing the whole island into the lake, where it will be anchored as a permanent addition.

This island is the first of its kind in Rochester, but the group is confident it won't be the last.

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