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Rivers as Givers

Rivers as Givers

Introduction

Study the table to get an idea of how rivers are givers. Select a topic and bring in a representation of that topic for inclusion in a Rivers as Givers Display. The representations might be magazine or newspaper articles, drawings or photographs, advertisements, commercial products, bits of nature (i.e., freshwater clam shell, duck feather), bits of culture (i.e., golf ball, fishing lure), or other items that you come up with.


Ideas for the Rivers as Givers Display. Adapted from Postel and Carpenter, 1997.

Services Provided by Rivers

Topics

Water Supply

Drinking

Cooking

Washing

Other household uses

Manufacturing

Cooling water for fossil & nuclear power generation

Other industrial uses

Crop irrigation

Park, lawn, & garden irrigation

Golf course irrigation

Car washing

Aquaculture

Supply of Goods other than Water

Fish

Waterfowl

Clams and mussels

Pelts (animal skins)

 

 

Supply of Services

Flood control by floodplain wetlands

Transportation

Swimming

Recreational boating

 

Pollution dilution

Water quality protection by self-purification

Hydropower generation

Bird habitat

Wildlife habitat

Soil fertilization

Enhanced property values

Aesthetic pleasure

 

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