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).
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 . Black 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.