We let a river shower its banks with a spirit that invades the people living there, and we protect that river, knowing that without its blessings the people have no source of soul. – Thomas Moore, Irish poet
Pisew Falls on the Grass River in northern Manitoba.
Rivers have what humans most respect and long for in their own lives and thoughts–a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. – John M. Kauffman, US Parks Service planner (adapted for inclusivity)
An element of sacredness flows in every river–the sacredness of life itself.... When a river is dammed, its sacredness is compromised. – Interfaith Task Force on Northern Hydro Development, Statement of Views, 2010
Itaipu Dam, Border of Paraguay and Brazil (2nd largest hydro dam in the world)
The water understands / Civilization well... Well used, it decketh joy, / Adorneth, doubleth joy: Ill used, it will destroy, / In perfect time and measure With a face of golden pleasure / Elegantly destroy. – From the poem "Water" by Ralph Waldo Emerson