Someone had the idea of getting more water
released beneath the Don Pedro Dam
into the once-green Tuolumne,ó
so the minnows could have some wiggle room,
so the salmon could lunge far enough up
to spawn, so that there would be more salmon
in the more water below the dam.
But it wasn't possibleóby then the water
didn't belong to the salmon anymore, by then
the water didn't even belong to the river.
The water didn't belong to the water.
Money Money Money Water Water Water
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