About Us

When Josh Hetley was put in charge of maintaining the water garden on display at the local Garden Center, it was the start of a deep appreciation of the peace and tranquility that a water feature can bring. He was hooked, eventually building his dream pond and raising koi on his own property.

Fast forward to 2017—Josh founded Clarity Ponds in Highland, Illinois. His knowledge, skill, and passion made a big splash as he started to design and create natural water features all across the St. Louis region. Clarity Ponds specializes in one-of-a-kind, custom creations, using hand-chosen natural materials. Every project is unique, showcasing each client’s distinctive style and personality. 

As Owner and Chief Creative Officer of Clarity Ponds, Josh works with a talented crew led by Construction Foreman KC Jones. Together, the team has one goal: to give clients the best possible experience and a water feature that will thrill them for years to come. 

Clarity’s Process

At Clarity Ponds, we want to know what you think. Our relationship with our clients is a true collaboration. We take your vision, add clarity, and bring it to life in your backyard. We will share our knowledge with you so you can choose the pond, waterfall, or fountain that gives you the precise look, feeling, and atmosphere that you’re hoping for.

We have a passion for helping people achieve their very own water-scape paradise.

Clarity Ponds’ Promise to You

At Clarity Ponds, we value honesty, integrity, and trust. Every single member of our team is dedicated to providing you with the best products and highest standard of service.  

Josh Hetley


Ana Brickeen

Office Manager

Christian Coca

Landscape Construction Laborer

Xavier Noble

Landscape Construction Laborer

KC Jones

Landscape Construction Foreman

Mike Miller

Landscape Construction Laborer

Ryan Hinrichs

Production Manager

Greg Wright

Landscape Construction Laborer

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Our team has a passion for helping people achieve their dream space that involves water, whatever it may be!

Your vision means as much to us as it does to you!

Accredited with the Better Business Bureau

"On time and on budget, could not be happier!"

The crew was very professional, Clarity Ponds was able to incorporate all of our design ideas, and more, to take our project to the next level.  It was on time and on budget, could not be happier!

"Very satisfied with both...creativity and performance!"

We are very satisfied with both the creativity and performance of Clarity Ponds!
They have done a few projects in our back yard, the workmanship is detailed and their design was unique.
The crew were professional and courteous, the jobs were completed on schedule. They always answered my phone calls. We highly recommended them.

“[T]his guy knows what he is doing!”

Josh Hetley was recommended by a lady in a local water garden club for pond maintenance. After seeing his ponds during a tour, I figured “this guy knows what he is doing”. Since finding him he has done winterizing and based on the quality of his work, last year I hired him to install an improved filtration system. This year we discovered a root problem caused by a tree just before it had a chance to cause catastrophic damage. Even though the pond was rebuilt about 6 years ago, I had Josh rebuild the pond and I gave him carte blanch since I trusted him. Even though the pond is now in full sunlight there has been no algae problem. I am totally pleased with his work and his follow-up. I wish him success as he grows his business.

"[E]xactly what we envisioned."

We’ve had a koi pond for years. When we moved, we didn’t want make the investment or give up a lot of real estate to build a brand-new one. Instead, we converted our unused swimming pool to hold koi, with plans to add a waterfall at one corner.

My wife was not impressed with my DIY efforts to engineer a waterfall, so we called Clarity Ponds. We had known Josh for quite some time from the St. Louis Water Garden Society and more recently the Gateway Koi and Pond Club. We had seen his work and really liked it.

He listened to our ideas and worked with us on the plan. I wanted to tie into the plumbing we already had and connect external underwater piping to the pool jets. That isn’t something common, but he was willing and able to make it work. We now have a waterfall and koi pond that is exactly what we envisioned.


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