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What Will Happen If the Rivers Disappear?

What would happen if our rivers stopped flowing? Conservation groups in Texas are rallying together to ensure the future of fresh water for the economy, wildlife, and human enjoyment. National Wildlife Federation’s Myron Hess lays out the need for this type of coalition as he canoes down one of the state’s scenic rivers. With each oar stroke, Hess makes the case for the importance of preserving healthy ecosystems through clean water and the support of the Texas Living Waters Project.

Credit: Ben Masters

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