Spiritual Tribe: Water Lovers

forest and lake

Black Bass Lake hides down a steep gravel road, off the beaten tourist track.  Just a few minute “detour” off my usual route home.   The walking paths are well tended and generally easy to navigate, leaving the heart and mind free to wander (except for the usual need to keep up the watch for venomous snakes).

snake note This warning note was left on the entrance picnic table  

Some days the lake sparkles with such intensity and welcoming joy that all that can be contemplated is the water’s beauty and biological imperative.  Not to mention its literal and symbolic linking with Love  – flowing, essential, powerful, quenching, sustaining, sometime seemingly in short supply, unifying, worth sharing and preserving .  sun black bass lakeBlack Bass Lake once served as the primary source of drinking water for the City of Eureka Springs.  Current signage, even at its flowing springs, warns against drinking the water.  I pondered these juxtaposed realities, as I circled the Lake one recent brilliant afternoon, and recalled many of the people and groups I’ve been reading about who are intent on defending  deep aquifers and surface waters.   These Water Lovers are a diverse group, spread out in geography, differentiated by language, and circumstance, but united in their overarching wisdom and commitment to preserving this vital Natural element.

Have you participated in actions to defend waterways near you?   I would love to hear your story.

Your might appreciate this  article highlighting the wisdom and efforts of the women of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Band in North Dakota, who chose and fought for clean drinking water over the supposed financial benefits of fracking.    And won.








9 thoughts on “Spiritual Tribe: Water Lovers

  1. Mary Tang

    Back in 2005 I took a team of volunteer bush regenerators to Fraser Island, the world largest sand island and a world heritage site, to combat the invasion of weeds. I connected with a local hotel to give us accommodation for subsequent trips, the national parks people identified the trouble spots and the local councils took one look at us and decided to help by removing the mountains of rubbish. An alliance was formed and funding was sought and granted but that first trip was funded by the volunteers themselves. I rented two holiday homes to house them and I cooked all the meals for everyone. Since then parties of volunteers have visited the island several times a year to continue that work we started.

    1. Jan Schaper Post author

      Wow, Mary, this is a fantastic story of collaboration and determined action. You and the initial volunteer group inspire me with your generosity and get-it-done attitude. I looked Fraser Island up on the web. I had never heard of a sand island before. Such beautiful beaches and the sea looks magnificent. And then there’s the largest unconfined aquifer on a sand island! Thanks so much for sharing.

      1. Mary Tang

        Yes I made some firm friends on that trip. Good people. Fraser Island has the purest sand so was endangered by sand mining once. Logging too threatened its rain forests. When those two activities were mostly stopped, the weeds came because of human occupation and visitors. There are rare and valuable fens and the lakes has pristine waters. I won’t go on but it’s worth protecting. 🙂

  2. Tanya Cliff

    I loved your descriptions in this post, especially the idea of well tended paths that allow the heart and mind to wander. You really took me there!


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