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MARCH 2015

WHAT DOES WATER MEAN TO YOU?

On March 22, 2015 people will honor the United Nations declared World Water Day.

Water

For many of us, water remains an easily found commodity. Turn on the tap and there it is. But throughout the world, due to overuse, chemical and other disasters, climate change and improper planning, water has become a scarce resource. It has become the stuff of corporate wrangling.

At Echo Valley, we regard water as precious, and we hope to increase water awareness so that our friends all over the world will be able to enjoy clean water. This is primary to all of us. We hope this newsletter will highlight organizations and efforts around the world for your enjoyment and to help increase your stewardship.




FRIENDS OF WATER

Here you will find links to a variety of local and international efforts towards water that we support.
We hope their efforts will inform and inspire.

Amman Imman
Motherland Rhythm Community's Benkadi Project
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
Valley Stewardship Network
Mother Earth Water Walk
Central Sands Water Action Coalition
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
Detroit Water Brigade
Sacred Water Sacred Land
Humanitarian Water and Food Awards

Peace Week Milwaukee 2015 was invited to the Global Water Center where innovation, technology and water activism come together under one roof. There we met Nate Conroy of STEM, and learned of creative initiatives towards water and our youth.

Enjoy the video:

Peace Week is looking for people to write short pieces and record events where people are working towards peace and sustainable living.
Want to help? Contact us.




UPCOMING EVENTS

Echo Valley Farm at the Women's Resource Fair
March 6 & 7 at Geneva Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Jan Kenyon will be presenting "Loving Wool," a discussion on crafting with wool, Saturday at 1:45 p.m. 
Click here for more on the Women's Resource Fair.

What Does Water Mean to You?
Saturday, March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm
You are welcome to Echo Valley Farm as we celebrate the preciousness of water. 
Videos on water, good conversation and great food will fill the day.

Rain

The Land We Love, an Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ontario Community Hall on Garden St. in Ontario, Wis.
Enjoy video and conversation regarding stewardship of land, water and air - and, of course, great food. Organizations are welcome to exhibit at no charge. This will be an opportunity to talk to neighbors about issues affecting all of us. Hope to see you there.

From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., enjoy music and dancing with Tor Eness and Friends.

Sami Rasouli at Echo Valley
May: Date TBD
Sami Rasouli, Executive Director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams at the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, will be visiting in May.

Food, Water and Shelter: Everyone's Right
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm
You are welcome to this Peacemaker Gathering with great food and company.

Rivera Sun at Echo Valley
Saturday, May 30
Echo Valley will host Rivera Sun, author of Dandelion Insurrection and champion of nonviolent change.

Up for a Trip to Canyon de Chelly?
A few of us will be visiting a Navajo sheepherder to lend a hand as lambing takes place. We are departing around April 19 for one week to ten days. 
Call 608-337-4578 for details.

Canyon de Chelly




PAYING ATTENTION

Speak Up for the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is a one of a kind treasure. Held in consortium for nineteen years by locals, the Ho Chunk Nation, and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, its past ten years have brought educational programs and eco-tourism to the area. Wisconsin's current budget strategy would put the reins of the reserve in the hands of the DNR, something local folks fought at the time of inception. 

Friends of the Kickapoo are asking that we write the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee and let them know we would like to leave a good program alone: keep the Kickapoo Valley Reserve under the Department of Tourism. 

Frac Sand Study and Mining Impacts 
The Natural Resources Board has directed the Department of Natural Resources to conduct an analysis of frac sand mining in Wisconsin. This analysis is a comprehensive, statewide study of the health and environmental impacts of sand mining. 

Citizen input is welcome in this first phase of the study.
Email your written comments to the DNR at DNROEEAComments@Wisconsin.gov or mail to 
Chris Willger
Department of Natural Resources
1300 W Clairemont Rd
Eau Claire, WI 54701 

More on the Transmission Lines
Please sign and share this petition

Land

On the Home Front: Zoning Hearing
March 16, 6:00 p.m. in Sparta, Wis.
What's at stake? Putting an estimated 200 acre gravel pit that will become a frac sand mine and operate through a nationally recognized bike trail and Amish country for the next 50 years.
Please read this great article and write or call
Zoning Director Alison Elliott
14345 County Highway B, Suite 5
Sparta, WI 54656
(608) 269-8939
alison.elliott@co.monroe.wi.us




ECHO VALLEY HOPE CLASSES 

Peace Education Program
Wednesdays at the Ontario Public Library or Sundays at Echo Valley Farm

It's not too late to sign up for the 10 week Peace Education Class.
Contact Jan Kenyon at 608-337-4578 for more on this free, one hour directive towards inner strengths.

Fundamentals of Tai Chi with Deb Hilt
Every Wednesday, Feb. 4 - Mar. 25, 1 to 1:50 p.m.
at the Ontario Public Library

Learn to relax as you move through simple exercises that increase body awareness. Class is free. All abilities welcomed.
Contact Deb: 608-337-4369.

Tai Chi

Weaving with Jan Kenyon
April 11 & 12

For more information, call 608-337-4578.

Weaving

The Wonder of Gourds with Juliee de la Terre
April 25

For more information, call 608-337-4578.




ECO CIVIC INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
This Summer at Echo Valley Farm
Play an active role in environmental stewardship, learn about sustainable food practices from garden to table to preserving, and participate in consensus guided community. 

Interns are now welcome to apply for the 2015 growing season.
For more information call 608-337-4578 or apply here.

Students




THANK YOU
to everyone who supports the mission of Echo Valley Hope, an educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing sustainable living and peace. 

Your volunteer efforts and your financial support are greatly appreciated. 

Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi



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