constructed wetland

Native Vision
Whether we function as designers or builders or both, we watershapers tend to be flexible folk:  We mold ourselves to projects and situations and tasks when we're called on to apply our skills and experience, and this often leads us to perform in  unanticipated ways.  This sort of adaptability is a way of life for most of us:  It's a talent we use to produce success. But even the most adaptable practitioners of the watershaping arts will, every once in a while, encounter a project that shocks the system, alters all formulas and breaks down familiar parameters.  In these rare cases, just surviving the process is an accomplishment that brings a sense of relief as well as a sense of amazement that both you and the project made it through to completion. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of just such a project - a fascinating set of challenges now known as the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  It's the last museum that will be