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Floating Wetlands To Expand In Inner Harbor

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore’s floating wetlands are growing.

Volunteers plan to add another 2,000 square feet of the manmade marshes in front of the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor later this month.

Two years ago, students from Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation made 200 square feet of floating wetlands with empty plastic bottles recovered from the harbor. The National Aquarium also made its own and both were studied by scientists from the aquarium and the University of Maryland. Now, armed with results of those studies and support from the Department of the Environment and the Abell Foundation, the fleet of floating wetlands is growing.

Organizers say the plants improve water quality and provide habitat for birds, fish and other creatures that live in the Inner Harbor.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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