Wahkeena Creek cascades down rocky scrambles before a final steep plunge merges into the Columbia River downstream. Wahkeena is a Yakima Indian word meaning “most beautiful.”
– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director
Last month’s NWNL SPOTLIGHT on the California Drought documented the state’s inland Central Valley. Usually, the Sierra Nevadas’ runoff supplies water to the Sacramento River Basin’s rice fields, walnut orchards and migratory waterfowl havens around
the Buttes. However California’s 3-year drought has drastically
reduced this water supply, so critical for agricultural and
ecosystem needs throughout the Central Valley and in the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Photo by Barbara Folger, NWNL Project Coordinator