Category Archives: September 2010

A Visionary Masterpiece

Situated on an actual island in the Fox River, the third hole at the Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles, Ill., “looks simple, but it is not,” writes Ron Whitten, architecture editor for Golf World Magazine. A row of trees impedes a golfer’s tee shot, aerial approaches are compromised by overhanging branches, and a small pond provides a further challenge. The island also contains the course’s fourth hole, which Whitten considers “more intimidating” due to the long stretch of the … Continue reading

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Attacking Invasive Species

Pulling weeds is fun. Really–we’re not making this up. Tearing out non-native, invasive plants is productive, and provides protection for parks, plus the act of ripping out an invader provides an emotional rush. The repetition of pulling weeds, however, brings the realization that this might be a long and–if not done quickly–losing battle. The Fairfax County Park Authority wins some battles before the enemy establishes its stronghold. The Northern Virginia agency has initiated an Early Detection, Rapid Response (EDRR) program … Continue reading

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Achieving Ultimate Water Clarity

Operating a sustainable aquatic facility is exceptionally important these days. Managers are seeking new methods to achieve the ultimate in water quality, combined with energy-efficient technology. While a marriage of the two is ideal, the priority is to strive for clean, clear healthy water all day, every day. Water clarity can be verified in several ways. Most health departments suggest that pool clarity is determined if the main drain can be clearly seen from the pool deck. An effective technique … Continue reading

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