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San Joaquin River News

California's San Joaquin River — agriculture vs. a healthy river

Sacramento - The San Joaquin River is the longest river in Central California, and the second most endangered river in the country. But because of dams, levees, and water diversion, over 100 miles of the river has been dry for 50 years.

Agriculture and jobs? or fish?

The battle over water in California is as old as the first settlements of the 49ers and who got how much water for sluicing or hydraulic mining. The arguments now revolve around the question of jobs or fish?
 

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An example of heavily irrigated farmland in the northern San Joaquin Valley  near Tracy and Manteca.
An example of heavily irrigated farmland in the northern San Joaquin Valley, near Tracy and Manteca.
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Dry irrigation channel of the San Joaquin River.
Dry irrigation channel of the San Joaquin River.
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Dry irrigation channel of the San Joaquin River.
Dry irrigation channel of the San Joaquin River.
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Dry irrigation channel of the San Joaquin River.
Dry irrigation channel of the San Joaquin River.
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The headwaters of the San Joaquin River start as snowmelt in the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada M...
The headwaters of the San Joaquin River start as snowmelt in the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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Millerton Lake  the reservoir of Friant Dam and the largest on the San Joaquin mainstem.
Millerton Lake, the reservoir of Friant Dam and the largest on the San Joaquin mainstem.
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