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Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project

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Netley-Libau Nutrient-Bioenergy Project

This brochure provides an overview of the award-winning and internationally recognized Netley-Libau Marsh Nutrient-Bioenergy Project and describes research carried out by IISD and its partners the University of Manitoba and Ducks Unlimited Canada at Netley-Libau Marsh.

Research in this large coastal wetland, located where the Red River flows into Lake Winnipeg, has focused on nutrient cycling and cattail biomass harvesting for its multiple co-benefits. Benefits of harvesting include permanent removal of the nutrients from the aquatic ecosystem captured in the harvested plants, biomass for bioenergy production, carbon credits, phosphorus recovery for fertilizer use and habitat improvement. The complete biomass production process is briefly described, including cattail harvesting, drying, baling, compression or densification of biomass into fuel products, combustion for bioenergy production, and collection of the ash to recover stored phosphorus. This brochure describes an innovative approach towards wetland restoration, nutrient capture and reduction of CO2 emissions in an emerging Manitoba bioeconomy.