A river is worth saving for what it manifestly is: a corridor of water, rock and land, a zone of life, a place of inexpressible beauty constantly reshaping itself. But the value of rivers exceeds anything most of us can imagine—it encompasses the very essence of planetary life. Healthy rivers are so important they define, in many respects, the health of the planet.
—DAVID BOLLING, How to Save a River: A Handbook for Citizen Action, 1994
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