The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Planning and Environmental Impact Design: from EIA to EID
Chapter: Chapter 5 Reservoir planning and design

Wild reservoirs

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Mountains and uplands have a strong attraction for town dwellers. Visitors go to experience the lonely beauty of the wilds and do not wish to find an area dominated by intensive recreation. This widespread aesthetic perception fully justifies the use of a conservation approach to planning the landscape of the water industry. In areas of outstanding natural beauty there is every reason to make reservoirs look like natural lakes. Designers have employed a number of devices to attain this goal.