Water Supply and Contamination Concerns
Once again I am weeks behind on this Earthday everyday project . Polly is already on to week 8 and here I am not done week 5 !
The issue of water is so dear to my heart I discovered . I always thought I was not very close to the element of water but in my love for lake Winnipeg I wrote last year .It became evident I am very connected to water . Water in Aboriginal teachings here is connected with women .Women are water keepers as men are fire keepers .
Of course I believe all have their connections with all the elements in someway. Perhaps two spirited persons are more connected to all.
People might think living in the center of the country , a prairie province etc. we don't have much water to view here . We have many beautiful rivers and so many beautiful lakes . we've vast areas of swampy marshlands too .
David Suzuki did a show all about Lake Winnipeg on his Nature of Things last yr.
During the depression yrs my family were able to water gardens & catch fish for food .
In the cottage my grandmother had built after her house burnt down she had rainwater as the water source .
She had two huge cattle troughs raised up on platforms under the eaves of the cottage . this water supplied water into the dwelling and we used it for washing .
when I was a child drinking water still was brought up with a pail from the well my grandfather made .
our water ways have gone from being sources of nourishment to water ways of pollution and destruction .
Hydro raises lake levels when they need more power . Our province is now looking to build more dams in order to supply and sell to the USA .
I've written several times of the flooding of sacred ground and the contamination of fishing waters due to raising lake levels .
Our rivers are no better off all the run off water goes straight to the river through street sewage drains , run off naturally would normally go through the ground via many layers of soils filters things out then filtering into rivers naturally . Now because of vast amounts of cemented areas trees do not get enough run off , and the river gets direct flow from sewer drains .
people do not realize by digging ditches and building roads it often has changed whole areas of water shed systems . these systems act as a filtering system for water .
I recently read about the Ogala Aquifer . This is a huge source of water for the central midwest USA . and it is being used to fast and therefore running dry !
Farming on huge scale and consumption of water by people over using water is the cause .
I just don't get how when people have actually felt the effects of water shortage in CA etc. how on earth can they justify building swimming pools , water parks , showering everyday , washing a car every weekend ....
which brought me to the latest stupidity of our city .
Winnipeg MB is built around an area that was a gathering space for First Nations peoples for thousands of yrs. It is a space where two magnificent rivers flow and meet. People call it The Forks .
that the city didn't call it by its Aboriginal name just goes to show right off how sacred space is not honoured .
Instead of the place being a sacred space to acknowledge and respect everyone , trade fairly etc. it is all about making money . The human rights museum almost finished is a farce and most lower -middle class know it is not a human rights museum . It covered up vast amounts of acrhelogical sites and once again is a building that is all about money nothing to do with respecting people .
Now there is very little green space left and the city came up with a plan to build a water park and hotel on what is now a parking lot .
again it made me think of the area before any buildings were built there . homeless people lived there in old boxcars , the trees and grass provide really great green space , bike & walking trails , you could actually see the stars at night when we'd lie in the grass at night .
So a water park , one of the best examples of the abuse of water .
to make money . The city was actually trying to promote this as a good thing for families ! How is a water park good for our children ?
It teaches them nothing , it teaches them to exploit the element of water and focus on self satisfying .
In winter months instead of learning to ice fish , snow shoe , skate chop wood , read books they are encouraged to stay indoors and slide down plastic slides in chlorinated water .
Our city has a chance to do something , we've a beautiful natural water source right there , we could make a sustainable city farm where families , schools could partake in growing gardens to feed the families and homeless, people could relearn traditional skills , winter months so much could happen , the area is so rich in archaeological finds that should not be covered up with cement . We could have a great teaching center where people could visit from all over to learn from us . How messed up is our society when we actually view big complexes full of plastic crap as the good for our future generations ?
With the issue of privatizing water I can see issues like this will keep coming up regarding water .
So as I pack up for our move once again out to my Mum's place I am well aware of the situations regarding our water consumption etc. last summer we suffered a drought here the renters could not handle not having running water as the well ran dry . We did just fine hauling water , using stored rain water to wash dishes etc. This spring I'm getting a wringer washer from my cousin . we'll hang our wash when we do it . Bath in the lake if need be .
I'll keep praying for lake Winnipeg but the fact is unless people decide to consume less the lake and rivers will keep suffering dams being built & levels rising . It is really hard to have people change to use less when they are so used to adding more to their lives and consumption .