the city i live in is bisected by a beautiful river.
i cross it two times every day.
the otonabee was once a wild river that the first nations used to travel through this region.
later, it drew the early settlers to its side because it provided not only the necessary liquids around which all life inevitably gathers, but also because it provided a source of energy.
energy to drive grainmills and woodmills.
many cities began their lives this way.
it is now a tamed river. being a source of hydroelectricity for the city, there are dams to help divert water into the small plants that create power. passing through several small towns and my city, it also provides us with our drinking water, and being one element of a waterway for boaters travelling from lake ontario to the south to lake huron in the north there is a lock system to ensure safe passage for lovely little boats.