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<small>'''''(The content for this page was taken, with permission for use under the GNU-FDL, from “Beyond Dams”, by Elizabeth Brink, published by [[International Rivers Network|IRN]] and [[American Rivers|AR]])'''''</small>
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<small>'''''(The content for this page was taken, with permission for use under the GNU-FDL, from “[http://www.irn.org/basics/alternatives/pdf/BeyondDams.pdf Beyond Dams]”, by Elizabeth Brink, published by [[International Rivers Network|IRN]] and [[American Rivers|AR]])'''''</small>
    
A primary purpose of many dams, both large and small, is to facilitate water diversions. Although existing water supplies can be stretched much further and new water infrastructure can be delayed using water conservation and efficiency strategies described below, people will continue to divert water from rivers and other surface sources for various purposes.
 
A primary purpose of many dams, both large and small, is to facilitate water diversions. Although existing water supplies can be stretched much further and new water infrastructure can be delayed using water conservation and efficiency strategies described below, people will continue to divert water from rivers and other surface sources for various purposes.

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