Mycoremediation, the use of fungi to treat water and soil, could be the stormwater filter of the present and future. A couple of projects in Portland, Oregon are putting the science to the test. According to Wikipedia, “one of the primary roles of fungi in the ecosystem is decomposition, which is performed by the mycelium….
Take this 150-foot-high garbage dump in Colombia, South America. Soon it may have life as a public park thanks to work from researchers at the University of Illinois and The National University of Colombia in Medellin, who are demonstrating that bacteria in the dump can neutralize numerous contaminants in the soil.