Sustaining is reaching the residential housing areas with more than an education in recycling plastic, paper and aluminum. Fifty years ago, a neighbor's father-in-law dug out an acre size spot for a pond using a natural spring as its water source.
Children and grand-children have swum in it since its creation. Over the years trees have grown up around it and have attracted a variety of wildlife, but the owners now feel it's time for a new generation facelift.
Researching found 4 companies within the United States that designs natural swimming pools. The idea was very attractive since all the plans seem to contain an area that is shallow, therefore, a safe area for toddler grandchildren to play.
Not so long ago, the thought of having aquatic plants in a swimming area was considered "Yucky," but through the education of aquatic ecosystems, it is becoming an accepted part of the natural swimming experience.
The decision to choose a natural swimming pool over the traditional concrete and fiberglass lining is a step towards the natural and sustaining our environment.