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"The top three conservation issues in Texas are water, water and water."
Robert Cook, executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2002-2008.

No natural resource has greater significance for the future of Texas than water.
Andrew Sansom, Water in Texas. Executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 1990-2001.

"As Texans we all have a role to play in managing our aquatic resources. Whether we know it or not, we all live in a watershed. The raindrops that fall in our lawns, fields, woods and pastures ultimately either replenish an aquifer or flow into a creek or stream. As a result, the actions we take and the decisions we make with how we use, manage, conserve and value water impact the needs of those downstream, including our fish and wildlife. Our aquifers, springs, creeks, rivers, bays, estuaries and gulf waters need you more than ever."
Carter Smith, executive director Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

A child who loves to fish will become an adult who will work to protect our fisheries. A child who loves to canoe will become an adult who will fight to protect our rivers. We will fail them miserably if we do not make the effort to engage them in both the joys and responsibilities if using and caring for our water resources for the they are the voters and taxpayers of the future. More important, if children grow up without the opportunities we have had in our lifetimes to experience the spectacular aquatic environment of our state, they will miss one of the greatest joys and privileges of being Texans.
Andrew Sansom, Water in Texas. Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 1990-2001.

Water. Oil pales beside it, and the value of the land itself is measured by it.
Larry McKinney, Executive director, Harte Research Institute, Texas.

Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other.
John Thorson

Water has a voice. It carries a message that tells those downstream who you are and how you care for the land.
Bernie McGurl, Lackawnna River Association

Rivers are ribbons that tie us to the spirit of the land.
Jeff Rennicke

A river is the report card for its watershed.
Alan Levere, Connecticut Department for Environmental Protection

Rivers are places that renew our spirit, connect us with our past, and link us directly with the flow and rhythm of the natural world.
Leo Tolstoy

Water sustains all.
Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C.

All the water that will ever be is, right now.
National Geographic, October 1993

Let us have a splendid legacy for our children… let us turn to them and say 'this you inherit and guard it well, for it is far more precious than money… and once it is destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.'
Ansel Adams

Wild rivers are earth's renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning.
Richard Bangs, River Gods

Water is the driver of Nature.
Leonardo da Vinci

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
American Indian Saying

If you could tomorrow morning make water clean in the world, you would have done, in one fell swoop, the best thing you could have done for improving human health by improving environmental quality.
William C. Clark, speech, Racine, Wisconsin, April 1988

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
Jaques Cousteau

Children of a culture born in a water-rich environment, we have never really learned how important water is to us. We understand it, but we do not respect it.
William Ashworth, Nor Any Drop to Drink, 1982

By means of water, we give life to everything.
KORAN, 21:30

Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.
Unknown Author

When you drink the water, remember the spring.
Chinese Proverb

Till taught by pain, men know not water's worth.

When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
Benjamin Franklin, 1746

I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea -- whether it is to sail or to watch it -- we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy, Jr., 1962

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
W.H. Auden

Water should not be judged by its history, but by its quality
 Dr Lucas Van Vuuren, National Institute of Water Research, South Africa

Water is a very good servant, but it is a cruel master.
 C.G.D. Roberts, "Adrift in America", 1891

Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called rain. 
Michael McClary

An ocean refuses no river.
 Sheila Chandra

For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact.  We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
 Sandra Postel, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity

"You'll never miss the water 'til the well runs dry."
"Father of the Blues" Alabamian W.C. Handy

The song of the river ends not at her banks but in the hearts of those who have loved her.
Buffalo Joe

Rivers are inherently interesting. They mold landscapes, create fertile deltas, provide trade routes, a source for food and water; a place to wash and play; civilizations emerged next to rivers in China, India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They sustain life and bring death and destruction. They are ferocious at times; gentle at times. They are placid and mean. They trigger conflict and delineate boundaries. Rivers are the stuff of metaphor and fable, painting and poetry. Rivers unite and divide -- a thread that runs from source to exhausted release.
Edward Gargan, The River's Tale

A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.
Laura Gilpin, The Rio Grande

I have never seen a river that I could not love. Moving water . . . has a fascinating vitality. It has power and grace and associations. It has a thousand colors and a thousand shapes, yet it follows laws so definite that the tiniest streamlet is an exact replica of a great river.
Roderick Haig-Brown

. . . the time has also come to identify and preserve free-flowing stretches of our great rivers before growth and development make the beauty of the unspoiled waterway a memory.
President Lyndon Johnson's Message on Natural Beauty

I started out thinking of America as highways and state lines. As I got to know it better, I began to think of it as rivers. Most of what I love about the country is a gift of the rivers. . . . America is a great story, and there is a river on every page of it.
Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us as a people. They nourish and refresh us and provide a home for dazzling varieties of fish and wildlife and trees and plants of every sort. We are a nation rich in rivers.
Charles Kuralt, On the Road With Charles Kuralt

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it.
Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher (6th century B.C.)

Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.
Luna Leopold, Hydrologist

To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.
Barry Lopez, Author

A river, though, has so many things to say that it is hard to know what it says to each of us.
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

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, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life

Can we afford clean water? Can we afford rivers and lakes and streams and oceans which continue to make possible life on this planet? Can we afford life itself? Those questions were never asked as we destroyed the waters of our nation, and they deserve no answers as we finally move to restore and renew them. These questions answer themselves.
Senator Ed Muskie of Maine, arguing for the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972

The river moves from land to water to land, in and out of organisms, reminding us what native peoples have never forgotten: that you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land.
Lynn Noel, Voyages: Canada's Heritage Rivers

Rivers are magnets for the imagination, for conscious pondering and subconscious dreams, thrills, fears. People stare into the moving water, captivated, as they are when gazing into a fire. What is it that draws and holds us? The rivers' reflections of our lives and experiences are endless . . .
Tim Palmer, Lifelines

The river is the center of the land, the place where the waters, and much more, come together. Here is the home of wildlife, the route of explorers, and recreation paradise. . . .
Tim Palmer, 1986

A river does not just happen; it has a beginning and and end. Its story is written in rich earth, in ice, and in water-carved stone, and its story as the lifeblood of the land is filled with color, music and thunder.
Andy Russell, The Life of a River

Who hears the rippling of rivers will not utterly despair of anything.
Henry David Thoreau

"Water is sometimes sharp and sometimes strong, sometimes acid and sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet and sometimes thick or thin, sometimes it is seen bringing hurt or pestilence, sometime health-giving, sometimes poisonous. It suffers change into as many natures as are the different places through which it passes. And as the mirror changes with the color of its subject, so it alters with the nature of the place, becoming noisome, laxative, astringent, sulfurous, salty, incarnadined, mournful, raging, angry, red, yellow, green, black, blue, greasy, fat or slim. Sometimes it starts a conflagration, sometimes it extinguishes one; is warm and is cold, carries away or sets down, hollows out or builds up, tears or establishes, fills or empties, raises itself or burrows down, speeds or is still; is the cause at times of life or death, or increase or privation, nourishes at times and at others does the contrary; at times has a tang, at times is without savor, sometimes submerging the valleys with great floods. In time and with water, everything changes."
Leonardo da Vinci

Water is the soul of the Earth.
W.H. Auden

“I shall now confess to you that none of those three trout had to be beheaded, or folded double, to fit their casket. What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory.”
Aldo Leopold

"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
Henry David Thoreau

Water, water, water…There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount, a perfect ratio of water to rock. Of water to sand, insuring that wide, free, open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation. There is no lack of water here, unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.
Edward Abbey, Wilderness Reader

In the West, whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.
Unknown Author (attributed to Mark Twain)

Boundaries don't protect rivers, people do.