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Red River Valley

North America has two rivers named the Red River. One runs through North Dakota. The other runs through Texas. What can make them and other rivers polluted? Many things, including dirt, bacteria, and nutrients. NIEHS studies how polluted rivers can affect our health.
A riparian area is a vegetated area along a water body. The Red River Riparian Project has worked to restore the watershed of North Dakota’s Red River. Read a summary from the Environmental Protection Agency about the project and its benefits  to water quality and wildlife habitat, while reducing flood damage.

From this valley they say you are going
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our path for a while

Come and sit by my side if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
But remember the Red River Valley
And the cowboy who loved you so true

Won't you think of the valley you're leaving
Oh how lonely, how sad it will be?
Oh think of the fond heart you're breaking
And the grief you are causing to me

As you go to your home by the ocean
May you never forget those sweet hours
That we spent in the Red River Valley
And the love we exchanged mid the flowers