Saving the San Joaquin River

California’s San Joaquin River ran dry for most of the 20th century until, in 1988, the Natural Resources Defense Council stepped in and led a two-decade struggle to restore the river’s rich ecosystem.

San Joaquin Delta
John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, likened the San Joaquin River Delta, with its immense oak forests and wetlands and its teeming wildlife, to the Garden of Eden.
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