Constructed Wetlands - Free Water Surface Wetlands (RV-4932)

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Constructed wetlands can be used as artificial wastewater treatment systems. There are many design factors which affect the effluent quality from a free water surface constructed wetland. This 3-hour online course covers the consideration of some of these factors that can significantly reduce the effluent variation. It also provides a brief summary of expected wetland treatment performance, describes issues that are important in the design and layout of a free water surface wetland, and includes several design examples. Construction issues unique to constructed wetlands are also discussed. Additional Red Vector courses are available on other topics related to constructed wetlands. This course is based on guidance documents published by the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
•Understand the performance expectations of a free water surface wetland, including expectations for BOD, TSS, nitrogen, phosphorus, fecal coliforms and metals
•Understand the hydrology of a free water surface wetland, including wastewater inflow and outflow, runoff, evapotranspiration and infiltration losses
•Understand the basics of hydraulics for a free water surface wetland
•Understand the rationale for wetland system design and sizing
•Understand the factors that influence wetland system design
•Understand the components of a free water surface wetland system
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