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Common wealth from healthy rivers
Cycling wastes and nutrients and generating soil

Waste recycling and dilution: Water itself is used to dilute and process the myriad substances that we produce and dispose of as waste. Industrial manufacturing relies on copious amounts of water to produce human-made goods and to process industrial byproducts.

Ecological fertility and rejuvenation: Wetlands, floodplain forests, other native plant communities and water tables are refreshed and recharged with naturally flowing river systems and periodic floods. River ecosystems also support the array of decomposers and recyclers of dead material that cycle nutrients, generate soil fertility, and prevent the accumulation of waste. A vast array of little-noticed organisms performs other essential services. Insects and birds pollinate hundreds of species of plants. Numerous predators, insectivores, and parasites control pests.

Soil and shoreline generation: The geologic process of weathering, or breaking down rocks over time to form soil, is a result of repeated freezing and thawing in rock fissures. Deltas, beaches, and shorelines form as upland soils are moved downstream through rivers and streams and deposited.

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