Spirit Pond sits in the middle of Cassadaga, the spiritualist community in west Volusia County.

Only these days, there's more spirit than pond here.

We caught up with Reverend Judy Cooper, who sits on the board of the camp. She was standing in what would be the middle of Spirit Pond at the time.

“This would be probably be about a foot over, maybe two feet over my head if you look at the shoreline.”

But there's no water in Spirit Pond and hasn't been in a couple of years.

Instead, it's choked with dogfennel. The weed is native to Florida and has taken root in the area.

Reverend Cooper said since this is a wetland, albeit a drier one, they are prohibited from using heavy equipment or chemicals to get rid of the weeds.

So, it's up to shovels and sweat to get the pond cleaned up.

This is the fifth weekend this year volunteers have been out to work. The difference being made is visible.

Still, without water they may be fighting a never-ending battle.

Dogfennel is already returning to areas previously cleared.

Joy Sager took a moment out of the tedious work of hauling the weeds to a waiting truck.

“I am 100 percent hopeful for the progress. We'll have water in the pond very soon. It's very uplifting to just have that visualization that we'll see water in our Spirit Pond soon."

As you might imagine, those in this particular spiritualist community are keenly aware of how things in nature are connected.

That is why they're putting in so much work now to get their pond ready for the rains they hope will come and restore the spirit to their pond.

"A lot of us like to come out here and sit and meditate and feel nature. We had birds out here, like I said, the fish. We could see animals, deer, everything come here and so it's a loss of nature,” added Rev. Cooper.

A number of lakes and ponds around Lake Helen and Cassadaga have dried up or are extremely low.