Island Life

Two floating islands were built last month in the Civic Center lagoon, but if you’re getting images of Dubai in your mind we recommend shaking those thoughts. The islands are actually placed there to act as biofilters, with plantings on the surface and roots in the water to provide natural water filtration and wildlife habitat. The project was launched during the 2014 Bioneers conference. “We are so pleased to be demonstrating this innovative, completely green approach to improving the water quality in our most local watershed here at the Civic Center,” says Marin District 1 Supervisor Damon Connolly. While the idea isn’t novel — similar projects have been launched in Walnut Creek and Marysville — it’s had favorable outcomes.

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.