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The São Francisco river in Brazil, with a length of 2,914 kilometres (1,811 mi), is the longest river that runs entirely in Brazilian territory, and the fourth longest in South America and overall in Brazil. It is an important river for Brazil, called "the river of national integration" because it unites diverse climes and regions of the country, in particular the Southeast with the Northeast. In 2005, the Brazilian government proposed a controversial water diversion project that will bring water from the river to semiarid areas of four Brazilian states. Environmentalists argue that the project will do more harm than good, benefitting only large landowners and a very small population, while bringing considerable ecological impact. The government insists that the project will give the people in the four states a much-needed water supply.