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85 Years on the San Joaquin River

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The San Joaquin is Central California’s largest river, but runs “bone-dry” in stretches due to dams, levees, and excessive water diversions, threatening the habitats, agriculture, and communities that are dependent on the river. In Walt, from Justin Clifton and American Rivers, we meet grape farmer Walt Shubin. Shubin remembers the San Joaquin when it was wild, a memory that inspired him to dedicate more than sixty-five years to advocating for the river to be free-flowing once again.

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