tree with sun shining behind it in Fernhill Wetlands

Fernhill Wetlands

A whole-system design for innovative water treatment creates a sustaining and sustainable landscape for nature and humans.

Forest Grove, Oregon
Approx. 5 acres
2012 – 2018
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Inspired by CWS’s commitment to innovative water treatment addressing not only water quality itself, but also the complexity of natural and human ecosystems that rely on it, Kurisu is truly honored to be a partner in creating the Fernhill Wetlands experience.

It may seem unlikely that a waste water treatment program and Japanese garden design firm share the same mission, but in fact, Clean Water Services and Kurisu are both dedicated to purification and heightening human awareness of our inseparability from – and place in - nature’s rhythms and cycles.

stream with plants at Fernhill Wetlands
While CWS applies technology and science to detoxify and regenerate our wastewater, Kurisu applies ancient Japanese design principles of space and proportion to renew the human heart. Ours is a collaboration in a holistic diversification of purification recognizing that in good design, everything matters. And that fostering sustainable landscapes requires a profound understanding of ourselves. To date, Kurisu has completed three phases of projects to enhance key areas within the Fernhill Wetlands Natural Treatment System. These include a Water Garden, Entry Corridor and Birdwatcher’s Path.

Our whole-system design methodology is deeply rooted in place, people, and purpose and is closely aligned with CWS’ “one community, one water, one future” perspective.

Links to the Project Online:

Read more at the Fernhill Wetlands website.

View videos at the Fernhill Wetlands website.

Learn more about Fernhill at Biohabitats.

Read more at Clean Water Services.

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Healing Gardens

Our Japanese-style healing gardens are designed with an intention for restoration on the deepest levels. We incorporate the ancient philosophies and techniques of Japanese garden design to reawaken the connection between people and nature – between ourselves and the larger, timeless cycles of change and regeneration.

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