Rehabilitating — not Restoring — California’s Rivers

From a thoughtful interview posted on the wonderful Earth and Sky site, a look at California rivers yesterday and today with Prof. Jeff Mount of UC Davis.

At one point he mentions that when Congress gave the "wild and scenic river" designation to a dozen or so California rivers, "they got half of it right — they're scenic!"

http://www.earthsky.org/media/swf/player.swf

http://www.earthsky.org/media/swf/player.swf

Image below is a digital elevation model/map of central California. The large lower river is the San Joaquin.

Yes, California has great rivers, though you wouldn't know it from the way we've treated them.

DigitalelevationmodelofSanJoaquin

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