Where they exist naturally, water systems such as rivers, ponds, lakes and wetlands, provide immense benefits to the environment and support healthy ecosystems. Not only do they provide sustenance for native species found in a given area, they can also be exclusive habitats for organisms not supported elsewhere.
Water systems are also invaluable to the success of our species by providing a means to food, channels to commerce and pollutant filtration. Wetlands in particular do the important job filtering and purifying polluted water and then redistributing clean water.
Keeping all of this in mind, it is not hard to understand why it is so vital to maintain and protect the natural systems that are so often threatened by human activity.
Designing a site in harmony with water ecology is a primary goal for Landscape Architects, as is replacing water where it has been lost, and taking advantage of the functionality and diversity that a water feature can bring. Not to mention the aesthetic value.
This is the first in a series of posts about water. In the coming weeks/months we will discuss the basics of building and maintaining constructed ponds and water gardens for both residential projects and commercial systems.