Talking Water Gardens
A wetland designed to treat wastewater while creating a healing landscape for humans and wildlife.
- Albany, Oregon
- 15 acres of features dispersed throughout 60-acre site
- 2012 ← Back to All
Located on the site of a former lumber mill and railroad yard, the Albany-Millersburg Talking Water Gardens is the first public/private engineering project of its kind in the United States: a constructed treatment wetland designed to provide an additional level of natural treatment for a combined municipal and industrial wastewater flow.
Unique also to this visionary project was the City of Albany's commitment to creating a healing landscape environment beneficial not only to the plants, animals, and microorganisms of the ecosystem, but for the human spirit as well.
For this purpose, Kurisu International was called in to work closely with wetland engineers to integrate the art of garden design with the science of engineering.
The result was eight waterfalls, streams and bridges that provide focal points and destinations in the expansive wetland, curvilinear paths connecting them, and viewing/resting areas to encourage contemplation and relaxation.
To learn more visit the Talking Water Gardens website.