Photographs by Max Whittaker

A Decade on the California Delta

Photographer Max Whittaker shows us the many faces of the delta, including its strange and fascinating history and the challenges complicating its future.

Tall grasses blow along the edge of the river near Isleton.

Fourth of July revelers party near Mandeville Tip in 2011.

Sun sets over the delta near Discovery Bay.

Victory

An NRDC lawsuit has led to the comeback of the Golden State’s second-largest river (and its salmon).

Western Dispatch

Since this giant salty lake in the desert lost its water supply, its bird habitat has been shrinking and more toxic dust is wafting up from its dry lake bed. Can the Salton Sea be saved?

Western Dispatch

Farms drink up a majority of the state’s water supply, but the details are murky. Most of the largest irrigation districts aren’t reporting how much water they delivered to farmers.

onEarth Story

After decades-long decline, a dying wetland gets a second chance, with the help of cross-border collaboration between the United States and Mexico.

onEarth Story

The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system brings precious water to three southern states. If only they could all get along.

Personal Action

These iconic American vacation spots will soon become unrecognizable—or worse, vanish. Pack your bags, quick!

NRDC in Action

Nobody knows the waters around San Francisco (and beyond) better than the director of NRDC's Science Center

Rockies Dispatch

Environmentalists, the recreation industry, and lovers of the state’s great outdoors push back against new mine developments threatening their waters.

onEarth Story

The United States produces two million tons of tire particles each year, and we know very little about what they do to the environment.

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