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Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it

By Tim Hearden

Capital Press

STOCKTON, Calif. — Michael George often finds himself in the middle of political firestorms.

It’s part of his job.

As the state-appointed watermaster... More

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