Eric Herman
A writer/editor with 32 years experience covering a wide range of business, technical, scientific and cultural topics, Eric joined the AQUA staff in August 2011 following 12 years as editor and co-founder of WaterShapes Magazine. He now serves as AQUA's senior editor. He can be reached at
  • Friday, October, 05, 2012 Through the Lantern Glass: The Landscape Photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston
    Although built in 1898, photographed here in 1913, “Pres Choisis,” Albert Herter’s house, located on Georgica Pond in East Hampton, N.Y., looks as though it could be a custom waterfront property in the 21st Century. The rectilinear architecture of Grovesnor Atterbury suggests early modernism cleverly softened by the landscape, designed by Adele McGinnis and
  • Tuesday, September, 25, 2012 Dirty Water Poses West Nile Risk

    Due to recent confirmed cases of West Nile Virus near Redlands and Loma Linda, Calif., San Bernardino County sheriff's helicopter crews are looking for unmaintained swimming pools and other standing bodies of water where mosquitoes are breeding.

    As of Friday, Aug. 31, two human cases of West Nile had been confirmed in San Bernardino County and one human case had been confirmed in Riverside County, according to the state Department of Public Health.


  • Thursday, September, 20, 2012 Capturing The Moment: The Power of Photography in the Pool Industry
    photo of a waterfall
    Photo courtesy Frances Benjamin Johnston

    One of things I truly enjoy about this modern era of instant communications is what's happened to the way people use photographs. From commercial and personal websites, to email, to social networking venues, to PowerPoint presentations, almost everyone it seems is instantly sharing digital images....

  • Tuesday, September, 18, 2012 ART Returns to Scottsdale

    Artistic Resources and Training (ART), the new educational program for builders created by Mark Holden and David Tisherman, is set for its second outing at the end of this month, September 28-30 in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

    Following its May debut in the same venue, a program that was greeted with uniformly positive reviews, this second offering features four classes:...

  • Thursday, September, 13, 2012 Reflecting Absence

    This past September 11, while spending a few quiet moments contemplating the events of 11 years ago, I couldn’t help but take careful notice of the waterfalls and reflecting pools that now occupy the footprints of the Twin Towers.

    It struck me that in this most hallowed ground, the people guiding the development of the memorial chose water as the element...

  • Wednesday, September, 05, 2012 Sustainable Landscapes

    photo of pool with flowers Several years ago I was attending a class that was part of a Genesis 3 program in Moro Bay, Calif., which focused on designing with Feng Shui. The class was attended by swimming pool builders who for the most part were unfamiliar with the Chinese art of creating spaces that promote the harmony of physical and spiritual energy – certainly not a group of people one...

  • Tuesday, August, 28, 2012 Eco-Friendly Pool Draining
    photo of drain cover that says Dump No Waste! Drains to Waterways
    Pool discharge carries more than just H2O

    There was a time when draining a pool was a fairly straightforward exercise. There might be issues involved, depending on the location of the pool and the means of discharge, but beyond that, there was little to worry about.


  • Thursday, August, 02, 2012 The Magic Of A Modest Backyard Pool
    tracing of a pool photo

    When I was nine years old way back in the spring of 1970, our next-door neighbors in La Mirada, Calif., decided to have a swimming pool installed in their backyard. As news items went in my young world, this one qualified as the story of the century.

    From my perspective, the timing couldn't have been sweeter. I was already smitten with our...

  • Thursday, July, 26, 2012 The Future Of Fiberglass Pools

    As the economy improves and the pool industry regroups, the time may be ripe for fiberglass pools to make their move. Proponents feel their concept of creating bodies of water for a broad spectrum of consumers positions them well to offer a powerful alternative to traditional gunite/plaster and vinyl- liner pools.

  • Tuesday, July, 10, 2012 The Evolution Of Concrete Color In Pools

    Although swimming pools have come a long way since the days when white plaster was the only surface option, many designers still believe there...