delta http://kalw.org en Today's Delta: A Place That Levees Built http://kalw.org/post/todays-delta-place-levees-built <p></p><p class="p1">Mike Scriven’s driving a big truck on the levees of an island called Terminous. He’s in charge of maintaining the levees here, and that means he’s looking for … squirrels. He spots something out his window, stops the truck, and shows me freshly dug holes.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Now here’s something that we’re always watching for, is all this squirrel activity that you see here,” he says.</span></p><p class="p1">It’s a danger sign to Scriven. Squirrels, he says, can burrow into or underneath a levee.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:51:47 +0000 Lisa Morehouse 40528 at http://kalw.org Today's Delta: A Place That Levees Built Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Bethel Island http://kalw.org/post/audiographs-sound-week-bethel-island <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px;">All week long&nbsp;we've been playing</span><a href="http://www.kalw.org/post/can-you-guess-audiograph-sound-week-april-7-2013" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 82, 155);">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://kalw.org/post/can-you-guess-audiograph-sound-week-february-22-2014" style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:11:12 +0000 Ashleyanne Krigbaum 40323 at http://kalw.org Audiograph's Sound of the Week: Bethel Island Navigating the Delta: Holding on to a Boating Economy and Culture http://kalw.org/post/navigating-delta-holding-boating-economy-and-culture <p>Water is the defining feature of the Delta, and recreation on the water is a big part of the economy and culture of this place. There are about<a href="http://www.delta.ca.gov/res/docs/ESP/ESP_P2_FINAL.pdf"> 8 million visits to the Delta</a> each year for activities like fishing, wind-surfing, water-skiing, and house-boating. The population just outside the Delta interior has grown significantly over the last 20 years, so it would make sense that the boating and fishing industries would have grown a lot, too. But they haven’t.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:34:10 +0000 Lisa Morehouse 40272 at http://kalw.org Navigating the Delta: Holding on to a Boating Economy and Culture Navigating the Delta: The Roots of Agriculture http://kalw.org/post/navigating-delta-roots-agriculture <p>Major California rivers drain into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and over decades of building dams and reservoirs and pumps, it’s become the major hub of the state’s water system. It’s not just the water flow that’s been transformed here, however. This land used to be made up of tidal wetlands and marshes of tullies. Today, there are nearly 60 islands surrounded by levees. Most of the land here is used for farming, and it’s some of the richest farmland in the state.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:02:19 +0000 Lisa Morehouse 39941 at http://kalw.org Navigating the Delta: The Roots of Agriculture Navigating the Delta: Meeting the People Who Live in California’s Water Hub http://kalw.org/post/navigating-delta-meeting-people-who-live-california-s-water-hub <p></p><p>Pretend you’re looking at a map of the Bay Area. Now scroll out a little bit. Find Martinez and Benicia, and draw a line east to Stockton. From there, go north to Sacramento, then back to Martinez. Look closely at that triangle, and you will see a puzzle of waterways and islands that make up the California Delta.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:47:28 +0000 Lisa Morehouse 39654 at http://kalw.org Navigating the Delta: Meeting the People Who Live in California’s Water Hub