From crest to coast

CNN columnist John Sutter is hiking and kayaking the San Joaquin River, from its headwaters to the sea. You can keep up with his story here.

Motivated by American Rivers’ ranking of the San Joaquin as the most endangered river in the nation, Sutter started his journey earlier this month with a backpack trip to Thousand Island Lake, in the High Sierra’s Ansel Adams Wilderness west of Mammoth. Thousand Island is the source of one of the branches of the San Joaquin.

(I took an unfiltered sip from Thousand Island’s inlet stream during a 2010 visit, just so I could impress my friends by telling them I drank raw San Joaquin water.)

Today, Sutter was in Mendota talking to farmworkers who have been harmed by the drought, and learning about subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley.

Not sure what Sutter’s plans are for the Delta’s piece of the river. For now, he says he’s withholding judgement on the river’s complex environmental issues until he’s reached the Golden Gate.

Read more about his journey here.

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    A native of Benicia, he lives in Stockton with his wife, Ann, who forces him to go backpacking in the Sierra Nevada or Trinity Alps at every opportunity. He has been writing mostly about natural resources since 2003, first in Redding and now in ... Read Full
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