The mission of South River Watershed Alliance is to protect and restore the water quality and biodiversity of the South River watershed to the beneficial use of people and wildlife.  


Lithonia Woman's Club.

December 2013

In This Issue


Lesson of the Rushing River

A Holiday Tribute


Repeats & Reminders




South River

Lessons of the Rushing River  


There's a reason why the sound of a river or a creek calms your soul. Even the sight of it calms you. It is because the river has come to teach us all one of the most powerful lessons on earth: No one's words or thoughts can derail us from our goals. No demon above nor below can stop you from attaining the heights you seek.  


The river is a great teacher.  


Round up every high school bully, every negative person who sincerely wants the worst for others and have them congregate around the river. Then, have them look downward into its clear moving water. As they look down they can see their faces looking back up at them. They begin chanting at the river with every fiber of their mind and spirit:  


"You're not good enough." "You'll never amount to anything; have you proven yourself before?" "You're wasting your time, you'll never make it." "You're an idiot for thinking you can."  What other negative things might they be saying?  


Yet, even while all of this profound negativity is being channeled toward the river, it continues to flow. The river moves no matter what the atmosphere. If it's raining, lightning or grey - it moves. The river channels all of its mind, body and spirit into the direction of its dreams.  


When the river goes through a break up with its beloved - it doesn't stop moving. It flows. It's relentless. It's wise. Since the river is always flowing and moving - do you think it's never in a bad mood? Wrong again - of course it gets in bad moods. It just moves in spite of them. It moves. It moves. It moves.


The river also doesn't take pleasure and often feels pain when others project their negative viewpoint on it. When this occurs, however, the trademark sound of babbling, rushing water continues, unimpeded.  


It's hard to believe, but the river worries sometimes too, just like you and me. Except you would never know by looking at it, as it never allows itself to become stagnant; it's a rushing river my friend! It opts to run on the wisdom of its inner being and not be handicapped by some toxic emotion that would have it flow differently.  


Also - the river blames no one. It takes full responsibility for its shortcomings in the past. It realized long ago that meditating on what it believes made it fail to live up to its potential has only led to its turning into musty canal water where slimy, green algae grows.  


One thing you can be certain of about the river is that it never dwells on the past. Ever. Do you hear the sound of the water rushing over the rocks? Tell me... when you hear the babbling water, when are you hearing it; in the past or the future? Neither. It's only possible to hear this precious sound in the now.  


Since the river channels all of its mind, body and spirit into the present, it has no room to dwell on the past. The river understands by letting go of the past entirely, allows for its potential in the present to reach its absolute zenith. If the river was to dwell on the past, it would lack the energy to flow and create its beautiful music.

 It should be mentioned that I was sitting by the river a few weeks ago and sparked a chat with it. I said, "Tell me, River, how do you do it?"  


It responded:  


"No matter what obstacle comes my way, be it mental, be it physical, I'm going to direct my flow in the direction I want it to go."
We all can take away great wisdom from the river. It personifies the truth that moving while challenged is at the core of what wisdom really is.


"A Rushing River the Ultimate Metaphor to a Wise Life"

by Bamboo Forest  






Repeats & Reminders


DeKalb County Elected Officials:


Lee May, Interim DeKalb County CEO




Elaine Boyer, District 1




Jeff Rader, District 2




Larry Johnson, District 3




Sharon Barnes Sutton, District 4




Lee May, District 5




Kathie Gannon, District 6




Stan Watson, District 7





Albert shoals resized

Albert Shoal

Septic System Grants


The Upper Ocmulgee River Resource Conservation and Development Council has funds available for cost-share grants for installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will help improve water quality in the South River basin. BMPs may include a wide variety of projects such as maintenance, repair, and/or replacement of failing septic system, trash and debris cleanup, and the elimination of stream access to domestic animals.


All grant awards are cost-share and reimbursement only (i.e., the property owner must pay for installation of the BMP and will be reimbursed for up to 50% of the cost). There will be a cap on the amount of money that can be reimbursed for any one project and grants will be awarded based on an objective system which will place the highest priority on projects that will have the most benefit for water quality.


Areas eligible to receive these grants include any properties which drain to the South River or any of its tributaries. For additional information about this grant contact Bob Scott, Program Manager, 678-376-9518.


Kroger Plus Card


Use your Kroger Plus card to help SRWA earn rewards that translate into cash. If you don't have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at the service desk at your local store, Signing up is quick and easy 

  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.  
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering Zip Code, clicking on favorite store, entering you email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information
  • Enter NPO number (107512 ) or organization, select South River Watershed Alliance from the list and click to confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name on the right side of your information page.




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