A new interactive website
on the changing conditions in California’s inland delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers provides one of the best visualizations in historical geography that I have every seen. Produced as a collaborative project of called QUEST
, KQED’s science and environment program, the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Aquatic Science Center
, and Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center
for the American West, the project includes detailed maps, evocative historical photographs, and compelling text. The Delta is one of the state’s most thoroughly transformed environments, and is the site of major water and land-use controversies. This project provides much-needed geo-historical context for an important but often overlooked region.