Editor's Pick One-of-a-Kind 1993-2013

Walk back through time with this selection of early stories, some of which detail the kinds of debates going on in the late 1990s and early 2000s about how best to undertake environmental decision-making.

  • Debunking Levee Lore (Army Corps policy vegetation on levees), October 2007
  • Champions of a Wild Watershed (Gamble Ranch, Blue-Ridge Berryessa Natural Area, Homestake Mining, drowned valley), February 2002
  • Pretty Maps or Critical Conservation? (how to decide which parcels give habitat bang for buck, early metrics and values, CNRA Legacy Project/CCRISP), June 2002
  • Wallowing in Mud Math (dredging quantities under review, sediment sink worries Bay), December 1999
  • Reimagining Flood Control (various districts reconsider dams, levees, culverts), April 1999
  • Carla Bard Crusades for the San Joaquin, June 1997
  • Unnatural Predators, Uneasy Controls (Calif least terns, Leora Feeney, Oakland airport), April 1997
  • ESA Evolves with Steelhead (ESA reauthorization, steelhead trout listing proposed), February 1997
  • The Zombie Drain (San Luis Drain, 1960-1996, selenium), June 1996
  • Sierra Headwaters: Water Banks or Home Sites? (Plumas County, PG&E, Indian Creek, water contractors), April 1996

Estuary News launched in November 1992, and for the first few decades focused on key policy and environmental issues for San Francisco Bay and Delta. For many years it published bimonthly as an eight-page newsletter before it evolved into a magazine and added a digital platform in 2014. This archive includes almost 50 PDFs from that historic period (a few issues are irretrievable while others appear with odd formatting but the text is correct).

See the full Pre-2014 Archive

About the author

Ariel Rubissow Okamoto is both today’s editor-in-chief and the founding editor of ESTUARY magazine (1992-2001). She enjoys writing in-depth, silo-crossing stories about water, restoration, and science. She’s a co-author of a Natural History of San Francisco Bay (UC Press 2011), frequent contributor of climate change stories to Bay Nature magazine, and occasional essayist for publications like the San Francisco Chronicle (see her Portfolio here). In other lives, she has been a vintner, soccer mom, and waitress. She lives in San Francisco close to the Bay with her architect husband Paul Okamoto.

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