In the early morning, the Vall de Lord dozes under patches of fog. On the surface of the La Llosa del Cavall reservoir there are small steam chimneys that sway in the breeze.
Despite its artificiality, this landscape of Solsonès is no less moving. Far is the brutal social and environmental impact of the construction of swamps. Now it is a question of giving a second life to infrastructures designed to supply water, control channels and, to a lesser extent, generate electricity.
At 1,150 meters above sea level, above the turquoise waters of La Llosa del Cavall, stands the Lord’s sanctuary , which is home to a small Catholic community of priests and lay men and women. Baruc the dog, who looks like a shepherd of people rather than sheep, greets visitors who arrive exhausted from the climb on foot. The effort is worth it: the view is spectacular.
“There are people who do not have faith and when they look at this landscape they feel that there is something they cannot explain; I have faith and I know that this something is the love of God,” says Cesc Domènech, a monk who has been in the community for six years.
This space of silence and spirituality does not reach the din of water activities or the screams of those who jump the 122 meters from the dam with an elastic rope, as ex-minister Josep Rull did in July.
This summer the Agència Catalana de l’Aigua (ACA), owner of 7 of the 9 large reservoirs in the internal basins of Catalonia, has approved the Use Plan for the Baells reservoir, in Berguedà.
Likewise, the Federation of Associations and Municipalities with Hydroelectric Power Plants and Reservoirs is drafting the technical document for the Reservoir Tourism Network at the state level, nothing less than a matter considering that Spain is the country with the most marshes per inhabitant , more than 1,300 .