See The Sacramento River ... By Car

See The Sacramento River ... By Car For people traveling by car (or bicycle or motorcycle), this blog is a guide to the Sacramento River.

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Another Sign of the Times?

Another Sign of the Times?

Photographed from Pass Road in Sutter County:This particular sign looks homemade, but you can buy a professionally made version on line by searching for the quote.  Some even come complete with bullet holes.***

Bay Delta Conservation Plan (Twin Tunnels)–Fuhgedd Aboud It?

"Water Experts: Governor Brown Should Abandon Doomed Delta Tunnels"--Bay Area Indymedia

“The EPA’s critical comments letter is a death sentence for the BDCP tunnels,” said Bob Wright, FOR Senior Counsel. “EPA has said the BDCP Water Tunnels would contribute to increased and persistent violations of water quality standards in the Delta....

Water, Fish, and the Trinity River

Water, Fish, and the Trinity River


Why, when we are deep in a drought, is a major reservoir brought down to near bone-dry level while water is allowed to gush out of it so that downstream reservoirs are topped off to brimful levels?

Trinity Reservoir in a drought year, October 12, 2014.



It has...

Does the Bay Delta Conservation Plan "Wisely Use the Waters of These Mountains"?

Does the Bay Delta Conservation Plan "Wisely Use the Waters of These Mountains"?

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan hasn't been in the news much lately because its creators have taken it out of sight while they try to fix flaws exposed during the public comment period.  That sounds like a good idea, but unless big changes are mad...

"California’s First Lady of Water"


Here's a change of pace--an article not about water, at least not directly, but about a "Wife. Mother. Widow. Politician. Water warrior. Role model. California’s First Lady of Water."

She was Pauline Davis, who served in the California Assembly from 1953 through 1976, and from 1960 to 1966 was the sole woman in the 120-member Legislature. 

To...

When Scott Met Julie, a Love Story Writ Large on the Long Bridge

When Scott Met Julie, a Love Story Writ Large on the Long Bridge


I set out to take pictures of the Sutter Buttes, but got a late start and then frittered away my time in the shadows of the buttes at the Long Bridge.  That’s the name it goes by, although Bridgehunter.com shows the alternative name of Old Sutter Bypass Bridge.


From Whine to Wine at the Abbey of New Clairvaux

From Whine to Wine at the Abbey of New Clairvaux


Under a bright, blue sky, the scenery was relentlessly morbid.  Fields parched by the valley’s long, hot summer.  Creek bottoms bare, brown scars in the face of the earth.  No photographs here.   I’d posted enough pictures of the drought.

I drove through hills to the west of the valley and into Paskenta.  Yards sported...

"Extraordinary Images of the Devastating Drought in the West"

See striking photos of the worst of the drought (so far) in an article in the Daily Mail (U.K.).  (Note:  "Rye Path" should be Rye Patch.)***

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Hock Farm

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter’s Hock Farm


Sutter had his enemies, his detractors, his faults.  He was a complex, controversial man. Commentators have used up entire catalogs of adjectives trying to define him.

Whatever people called him or thought of him, there was no denying his energy and stubborn perseverance, his Teutonic tenacity.   In the quest of his own holy...

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter and the Gold Rush

John Sutter in the Sacramento Valley–Sutter and the Gold Rush


“It was in the first part of January, 1848, when the gold was discovered at Coloma, where I was then building a saw-mill,” Sutter wrote in Hutchings’ California Magazine.  “The contractor and builder of this mill was James W. Marshall, from New Jersey.”

Marshall had found the precious metal in the South Fork...

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