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2015/1.1, January 7 — Variable-Speed Savings, Interactive Artistry, Pond Edging and more
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2015/1.1, January 7 — Variable-Speed Savings, Interactive Artistry, Pond Edging and more

January 7, 2015


All Aboard!

When Denver decided to revive a historic downtown neighborhood by bringing its old train station back to life, Karen Van Heukelem and her colleagues at Colorado Hardscapes pitched in on several levels — then crowned their efforts with a dazzling interactive waterfeature. [more]


Edgy Activity

Setting the edges is always his favorite part of the pond-installation process, notes Eric Triplett. But as he demonstrates in this video, there are variations to his usual patterns that come into play when the pond he’s installing is intended for use by frogs. [more]


Pumped-Up Savings

Now that variable-frequency drives for swimming pool pumps have been around for a while, says Mike Fowler, watershapers and their clients have started to notice that the savings can materialize in unanticipated ways. Here’s a look inside the technology’s ’emerging’ benefits. [more]


Green Verges

Famous for its beautiful bays and fabulous oceanfront vistas, New York’s Long Island is also prized for its pristine inland waterways and wetlands of both the fresh- and saltwater varieties. Working around these bodies of water, says landscape architect and longtime Long Island resident Timothy Rumph, requires familiarity with a number of different agencies as well as a clear understanding of myriad rules governing what is (and isn’t) possible.

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


Garden Grandeur

Recognized as one of the world’s greatest horticultural achievements, Longwood Gardens is a dazzling showcase for plants, trees, architecture, garden spaces and watershapes. It’s well worth a visit, reports Robert Nonemaker, at just about any time of year. [more]


Transit Trends:
Singapore Airport adding an indoor rainforest and a huge waterfall. [more]

Great, but is it enough to make traveling fun again?

Good News Dept.: Ohio aquatics center tracks rise in participation in swim programs. [more]
Getting kids off the couch and into the pool


Deficits of Trust

In his first AquaCulture column of 2010, Brian Van Bower made personal declarations about the value of trust — and invited fellow watershapers to consider ways of building it for themselves and their clients.


In with the New?

In the course of his working life, writes Jim McCloskey, reflecting and planning are typically ongoing processes. As a result, the arrival of a New Year is less a turning point than it is a chance to announce a whole range of new features you’ll see in the months to come. [more]


US Silica Introduces MysticBlue Pool Filter Sand

US Silica
(Frederick, MD) has announced the availability of MysticBlue, a pool-filter sand in which silica particles are treated with an antimicrobial coating that protects the sand’s surface; prevents microbial growth in the filter bed; and inhibits the growth of algae, fungi and bacteria while providing superior filtration. The result is cleaner, clearer water. For details, click here.

Crystal Fountains Releases 2015 Catalog

Crystal Fountains (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) has published its “Fountain Idea Book” for 2015. The 262-page, full-color catalog outlines the company’s capabilities and services – a fully illustrated overview followed by details on its lines of programmable sequencing nozzles, laminar and leaping jets, deck jets, fountain nozzles, lighting systems and more. For details, click here.



Celeb Tweet: ‘If Swimming Is Great
Exercise, Explain Whales to Me’

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1. One well-known funnyman recently tweeted the message above, garnering a fair amount of attention on the Internet. Apparently, his irreverent, barbed tweet — although clearly misguided scientifically — is just one version of a very old joke. Who was the twisted Twitter tweeter?

a. Steve Martin b. Bill Murray c. Jonah Hill d. Woody Allen.

2. For the first time ever, the 2015 induction ceremony for new honorees in the International Swimming Hall of Fame won’t take place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to Instead, it will be held in the city slated to house ISHOF’s new headquarters. Which city is that?

a. Santa Barbara, Calif. b. Santa Clara, Calif.
c. Phoenix, Ariz. d. Las Vegas, Nev.

3. Last month, American Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps appeared in a Baltimore, Maryland, courtroom and pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol — the result of a Sept. 30 drunk-driving arrest. It was the second such arrest for the 29-year-old Phelps. According to, what sentence did he receive for this latest driving infraction?

a. 12 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence
b. 18 months of supervised probation and a one-year suspended jail sentence
c. 18 months of supervised probation and a two-year suspended jail sentence
d. 160 hours of community service work.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

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