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Keith Hamm

Living Earth Landscapes

5307 Boyd rd. #B

Arcata, Ca. 95521

707-822-7663 (POND)








St. Charles, IL – Living Earth Landscapes of Arcata, Ca., participated in the construction of Aquascape’s 250’x90’ signature water feature known as the “World’s Most Extreme Pond Build” from July 12th to 16th, 2008.  A select group including Certified Aquascape Contractors, Water Garden Excellence members, and Authorized Aquascape PRO Distributors were asked to join this one-time only special invitation event.  The extreme water feature was constructed at Aqualand, the company’s LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified headquarters.

"By inviting a select group of our customers to participate in the creation of our signature water feature, we'll be able to provide hands-on education that incorporates both traditional and non-traditional construction methods using the Aquascape product line," stated Ed Beaulieu, Chief Sustainability Officer at Aquascape. "Our goal with this incredible feature was to replicate the Illinois watershed." Some of the construction features include several waterfalls up to 10' in height, a grotto for behind-the-scenes viewing of the falls, rain water storage areas, a cypress swamp that represents southern Illinois, walking paths, and a patio created with permeable pavers to capture stormwater runoff. Over 1500 tons of stone were used to construct the feature, including rocks topping out at 50,000 pounds.

With an attendance of more than 600 eager participants representing over 250 companies, construction was completed on schedule with the waterfalls activated during the afternoon of July 16th.  The 5-day event offered hands-on training, educational seminars, networking opportunities, customized pond tours and Pond Olympics.  Aquascape vendors donated over $200,000 in construction materials toward the project that was completed on schedule and within budget. 

“For the first time, I was my own customer,” said Greg Wittstock, Founder and CEO of Aquascape.  “All the contractors, retailers, and distributors who helped create the water feature exceeded my expectations and I’m proud to have all of them on the Aquascape team.” 

As soon as the waterfalls were turned on, participants began jumping into the pond for some much needed cooling off in the 90-degree heat that descended upon Northern Illinois for the week.  An award ceremony and dinner capped off the week on Wednesday evening. 

Additional features of the World’s Most Extreme Pond Build include:

·         300,000 gallons of water with multiple pumps that produce 150,000 gallons per hour running through 10-inch lines.

·         Waterfalls ranging in height from 24 inches to 10 feet, one with grotto for behind-the-scenes viewing.

·         Twenty-foot wide vanishing edge skimmer spilling into overflow basin capable of holding over 20,000 gallons of water

·         Wetland filtration areas and underwater jets for additional circulation

·         Fire pit area with outdoor kitchen area

·         Aquatic plant area fashioned after Monet water lily garden

·         Underwater swimming tunnel and fish cave

·         “Floating” island deck steppers

·         20’ x 20’ TourLinks putting green


For more information about Living Earth Landscapes and its products and services, log onto or call 707-822-POND



Living Earth Landscapes – Design / Supply / Build – Humboldt County’s Premier Pond Builders and supplier of plants, water gardens and tech support


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