Common wealth from healthy rivers
Energy-solar, wind, thermal and
mechanical: Capturing and converting the
ultimate energy source-the sun-is achieved through
photosynthesis. Plants are sustained by water and
form the basis for all food chains.
Wind is the result of gulf streams and air
currents carried over oceans. The hydrologic cycle
drives, and is driven by, weather and wind
Water acts as a major thermal regulator to
moderate temperatures in nature. Massive quantities
of water are used to heat and cool industrial
manufacturing processes and to clean equipment.
Tremendous amounts of water energy fuel steam
engines, hydroelectric dams, coal-burning power
plants, and nuclear power plants.
Streams remove, dilute, break down, and recycle
effluent. They remove and dissipate waste heat,
such as cooling water from power plants.