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ICYMI 1/26/21: Saving the Tuolumne, “River’s End” film

Today, we call your attention to an op-ed by our friends at NRDC and Golden State Salmon on why the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission must be led by someone who values the San Joaquin River, its tributaries, and the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Also, San Francisco Baykeeper was part of a wonderful documentary called River’s End. It picks up in many ways where Restore the Delta’s Over Troubled Waters left off in 2012.

San Francisco: Save the river you drink from – Opinion: San Francisco Chronicle 1/26/21
“The science is clear that the Tuolumne and its native fish and wildlife will never recover without leaving more water in the river. Other water agencies around the state have shown how San Francisco can thrive while taking less water from the Tuolumne by investing in smart, 21st century water tools like water recycling — tools that also improve our adaptation to climate change and resilience to drought, while protecting wildlife. But here again, the SFPUC lags far behind…
“San Franciscans have always supported doing our part to protect the environment. It is disgraceful that a city agency acts in our name to promote policies that wipe out our native salmon runs, kill the river that supplies us with drinking water, and undermine the fishing industry that created Fisherman’s Wharf. It is even more disturbing that the SFPUC stood idly by while its partners urged the Trump administration to block environmental protections for fish and wildlife in the river and downstream waters.”

River’s End: California’s Latest Water War – Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Award Winner: Jury Award & People’s Choice Award
Using California as a microcosm, River’s End explores the global water crises. It draws the parallel between the draining of the Owens Valley by LA, made famous by CHINATOWN, and what is happening in real time in Northern California’s Bay-Delta. Except this time, the water grab is at the hands of Big Agriculture. River’s End implores viewers to learn where their water comes from so that we can save our rivers and the ecosystems and communities that depend upon them.