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This piece was produced for Ohio University's Water Project, a collaborative multimedia project covering environmental water issues within the Appalachian Ohio Valley. View the full story here


"A river tugs at whatever is within reach, trying to set afloat and carry it downstream. Who can long watch the ceaseless lapsing of a river’s current without conceiving a desire to set himself adrift, and, like the driftwood which glides past, float with the stream clear to the final ocean?

To build my own boat on the river shore, and drift down the Ohio River to the unknown Mississippi, and on southward to the river’s end – I cherished this project, for so many years...”

~Harlan Hubbard, from Shantyboat, A River Way of Life, 1953