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2016/3.1, March 2 -- Chemical-Free Savvy, Pond Chores, Longwood Rebirth and more

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        March 2, 2016                                                                                                    www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Imagination Renewed  

In the year to come, the renowned Main Fountain at Longwood Gardens will be undergoing a mass-scale renovation.  Robert Nonemaker is tracking the process for us, beginning here with an insider's report on the grand display's gradual decline -- and imminent rebirth.   [more]
SPRING CLEANING

Precious Cargo
 
Cleaning a pond of any size can be a messy job, says Eric Triplett, especially if the fish and plants are all thriving.  As he points out in this video, this tedious chore can also be a risky one if you don't approach the process (and the fish) with plenty of care and consideration.   [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE
Chlorine Conversations

For many years, Paolo Benedetti has been listening carefully to all sides in the chlorine vs. chemical-free water-treatment debate.  He's heard enough now -- so much so that he's ready to weigh in here with what he hopes is some helpful truth-telling on the subject.   [more]

ESSENTIAL
Beginnings               

The water has to come from somewhere in pond/stream systems -- and that, according to master watershaper Anthony Archer Wills, is precisely where many projects run off course, basically because their injection points are too obviously contrived.  Here, he argues instead for taking great care in devising (and hiding) water sources to make them seem as though they've been shaped from time immemorial by nature's own subtle hydrology. 

 

This article, originally published in WaterShapes in June 2009, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

TRAVELOGUE
Public Interests

In creating his sculptures and watershapes, Ross Miller aims to delight and soothe passersby while rewarding those who seek deeper meanings.  As you can see while visiting his projects on a Northeastern tour, his focus is on celebrating local history, culture and heritage.    [more]
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Simpler Solutions

When Jim McCloskey read a story about a legal dispute over a noisy waterfeature, it occurred to him that if anyone in the courtroom had thought of just one word -- a single clarifying term -- then all of the bother and much of the expense of the trial might well have been avoided.   [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .

That's Cool Dept.:  A Koi enthusiast invents a new way to keep his prized fish safe -- and in plain view.  [more]
Can the swimming pool version of this be far behind?

 

That's Almost as Cool Dept.:  MIT team turns a faucet into the source of an unusual choreographed display.   [more] 
The idea may seem limited -- but there's great potential!     

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Standard Bearers            
 
Back in 2006, David Tisherman wrote about a subject that bugged him more than most -- one that led him to make a plea for professionalism and high standards on every project, no matter how modest.   [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Color Light Streams from S.R. Smith

S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) manufactures Color Light Streams, a line including laminar jets, star-floor systems and lighted bubblers.  The low-voltage, five-watt LED lights are available in six colors:  white, blue, green, red, amber and purple.  Each system comes with 100 feet of cable and a controller that creates color-changing and disco-style displays.  For details, click here.
 
ClearWater Tech Publishes 30th Anniversary Catalog   
    
ClearWater Tech (San Luis Obispo, CA) offers a digital product catalog covering its full line of cabinet and wall- or skid-mounted ozone-generating systems -- including systems for swimming pools, spas and waterfeatures as well as aquariums, zoos and aquaculture applications.  The 20-page, full-color booklet also covers peripheral equipment.  For details, click here.
WPN UPDATE
Front-Page
Exposure

 

One of the newest features on the home page of the WaterShapes Professional Network site is a gallery of projects that's open to use by all WPN members.  Along with a brief headline and the watershaper's name, there's an image of the project -- all linking directly to a page with more images and information.  It's quick, valuable exposure, and that's what WPN is all about.  To see the Project Gallery for yourself, click here and scroll down just a bit.
 
The Network is growing:  Time to climb aboard?
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