Bill Kier

The SF Bay-Delta Is Invaluable. What Will Happen to It Under Trump?

The Bay-Delta, comprised of San Francisco Bay and the shared delta of the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers, is the largest estuary on the west coast of the continental United States. It sustains valuable salmon and Dungeness crab fisheries, supports hundreds of family farmers who work the rich peat soils of its reclaimed islands, serves as a recreational relief valve for millions of Bay Area urbanites and the main source of drinking water for around 25 million Californians.

A Cal Alum’s Recipe for More Tuolumne River Salmon: Add Water

The Tuolumne River has long been revered by whitewater kayakers and rafters for its pristine wilderness canyon and challenging rapids. But “The T,” as it’s known by river-runners, was once famed for something else: Salmon. Before the Hetch Hetchy and Don Pedro Dams were built on the river’s upper reaches in the last century, the Tuolumne supported up to 130,000 spawning Chinook salmon annually.

Trouble When Rain Comes: California’s Concrete Flood Channels are Decaying

Things have been feeling pretty desiccated here in the Golden State, but the return of the rains has been inevitable. And they could come as a deluge. At that point—when Corte Madera Creek swamps Marin, the Russian River jumps its banks and transforms Guerneville into a brimming slough, and much of the San Joaquin Valley turns into a duck marsh—well, we may miss these bluebird days.

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