Topic ID #23679 - posted 10/7/2012 5:44 AM

California turns to history for delta restoration effort

Jennifer Palmer

Restore The California Delta! To What, Exactly?
by Lauren Sommer
October 7, 2012 from KQED

In California, state officials are planning a multibillion-dollar environmental restoration of the inland delta near San Francisco Bay. There's only one problem: No one knows what the landscape used to look like. Ninety-seven percent of the original wetlands are gone, so the state is turning to historians for help.

This detective story begins on a sunny day in a dry field of corn, about an hour east of San Francisco.

Alison Whipple and Robin Grossinger are looking through a pile of maps, trying to piece together the path of William Wright, a man who got hopelessly lost somewhere nearby.

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