The River Kelvin runs from the Kilsyth hills and joins the Clyde opposite Govan. It is narrow and fast flowing and provides a picturesque feature in both the Botanic Gardens and Kelvingrove Park. In the past it also played an important role in providing power and water for paper and textile mills and chemical and dye works. These industries turned the river into an industrial sewer but when they shut down the river returned to its more natural state. It is now an important wildlife haven in the heart of the city.