for it's not the same river and he's not the same man”.
I am currently based in Minneapolis, where the beloved Mississippi River and water power and water management techniques have always played an important role in everyday life. I am also Dutch - you know those people who built dams (The Delta Works) to prevent another major flood after the disaster of 1953 in which more than 1800 people drowned, 72.000 houses were lost, and in which thousands of horses, cows, and pigs suffered. It took many years before farmers could again use their lands, because the salty sea water that flooded our lands ruined the farmland. The Dutch are world known for insights and techniques in dam building, our port Rotterdam and much of our economy is dependent on water, and our future King, Prince Willem-Alexander is known to be specialized in water management.