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Climate Change: A Not-So-Distant Threat to San Francisco

Climate Change: A Not-So-Distant Threat to San Francisco
(Nineth in a series of stories supplementing the upcoming public television documentary)
Climate change poses an immediate and growing threat to the San Francisco Bay Area.  San Francisco’s water storage was built nearly 100 years ago, to accommodate the fresh water needs of …Read More

Water From The Wilderness: Five Thousand Years in the Valley

Five Thousand Years in the Valley
(Eighth in a series of stories supplementing the upcoming public television documentary)
Paiute Indians of the Hetch Hetchy Valley
It is believed that beginning as early as 2500 B. C., the Tuolumne Meadows remained largely undisturbed, serving as the summer gathering spot of the south Sierra …Read More

Water From the Wilderness: The Roar of Ten Thousand Lions

 The Roar Of Ten Thousand Lions
(Seventh in a series of stories supplementing the upcoming public television documentary)

On April 18, 1906, at 5:12 AM a 7.9 magnitude earthquake dismantled the City of San Francisco.  It was said, by some, to sound like the roar of 10,000 lions as the City …Read More

Water From the Wilderness: The Sad Truth of Happy Valley

 The Sad Truth of Happy Valley
(Sixth in a series of stories supplementing the upcoming public television documentary)
In 1849, with the influx of the fortune seekers arrived in San Francisco hoping to strike it rich. The area along what is now Mission Street from First Street to Third.  It had …Read More

Water From the Wilderness: Captain Richardson and the Water Nixie

The Captain and the Water Nixie
Photo of Capital Richardson: San Francisco History Center, SF Public Library, San Francisco, CA
(Fifth in a series of stories supplementing the upcoming public television documentary)
In the early 1800’s the Brothers Grimm wrote a couple of fairy tales about a Water Nixie.

But this is not …Read More

Water From The Wilderness: From Sand Dunes To the City By The Bay

 Panoramic view across Richmond district 1901 San Francisco History Collection
 From Sand Dunes to the City by the Bay
(Fourth in series of stories supplementing the upcoming public television documentary)
San Francisco, with its Mediterranean climate, and annual rainfall of about 22 inches, was once over 7 miles of sand dunes that …Read More