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Alain Collet

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Jim Cole

Talking Waters Garden

Albany, Oregon, USA

June 13, 2015, 17:10 UTC (10:10 am local time)

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This was taken at Talking Waters Garden, a new kind of water reclamation system. Instead of building a traditional industrial water treatment plant, several cities and businesses partnered to make something novel. They built a series of ponds to cool and clean water from several nearby cities and industrial plants. From the description on the site's web page:

"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. It will be the final step in returning this treated water safely to the Willamette River – a treatment option its designers say has more than twice the natural resource value of conventional alternatives."

In addition to the ponds, there are a number of waterfalls throughout the garden, which give it the name "Talking Waters". You can see one of them in the right side of the opening picture.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Nodal Ninja 5, PTGui, Pano2VR, Photoshop

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