Thursday, October 02, 2014
Save Weiss Lake
I recently wrote about the lake near my home. I described the water, the trees, the wildlife, etc. I wrote about the lake as a place of reflection and meditation, of serenity and solitude. I neglected to mention that the lake, my lake, is sick. Weiss Lake, the place that has become not only my home, but also my creative haven, is in serious condition. Years of abuse, pollution and outright neglect have left the once-pristine lake a place of refuse and decay and most people are not interested in changing that.
There is however, a glimmer of hope. For the past year and a half, I have had the privilege of serving as Secretary for the aptly named Save Weiss Lake Foundation. The Save Weiss Lake Foundation was created by a handful of local citizens who cared enough about the sad condition of the lake to form a group to try to make it better. The Save Weiss Lake Foundation is now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with currently around 150 members. We have regular monthly meetings and most recently had our first annual Member Meeting in which we discussed our progress thus far.
So why am I writing about this in my blog? Simple. We need help. At this moment our voice in the community is very small. However, the more members and support we have, the larger and louder our voice will be. A stronger voice means we can get more done in terms of community and political backing. In the world of politics, money and numbers speak, and we currently have little of either.
Weiss Lake was once buzzing with tourist activity. People came from all over to enjoy the beautiful lake and its surroundings. With the deterioration of the lake, the tourists have fled to greener pastures and clearer waters. The once flourishing independent restaurants, hotels and stores have shut down and for the most part, have vanished completely. The condition of the lake is not just an ecological concern, but an economical concern as well.
It's also a matter of public health. The pollutants in the lake, whether from septic pipes or dumped trash are poisoning the water and the aquatic life. Weiss Lake is not just a recreational area. For many residents, it is a daily food source. The long-term health ramifications of eating fish from Weiss Lake are still unknown, but it seems clear that this could be a problem for people who eat from the lake regularly.
Save Weiss Lake Foundation needs a lot of support and aid in order to address the issues with the lake and see them remedied. The good news is that you don't have to live on the lake or even in this state to help! You can be a part of making the world a better place right from wherever you are, and it only takes a few moments. If you wish to do a good work and support a great cause, I urge you to visit Save Weiss Lake. Read about the lake and our efforts and consider becoming a member, or at least making a small donation. This is a volunteer organization, so all funds go directly toward lake-centered projects and research. Join us in making a great place even better and safe for future generations to enjoy. It's an investment in the future, not just of Weiss Lake, but of a whole community.
Please visit http://www.saveweisslake.org/ for more information, to become a member, or to make a donation. You can make donations via our PayPal account, so all transactions are quick and secure! Thanks in advance for your interest and assistance. Every person and every little bit counts.