It was so dry this winter Bay marshes browned, Sierra reservoirs dropped, and Delta waters cleared. California’s climate may still be Mediterranean but this year’s extremes are stressing fish, farmers and wildlife, leaving water and ecosystem managers planning for the worst. In this issue, ESTUARY explores the decline of longfin smelt, the innovative acquisition of a North Bay ranch for public wetlands, changing nutrient conditions in the Bay that could spur harmful algal blooms, and efforts to stave off drought impacts on salinity intrusion in the Delta. Other articles cover a new book on Suisun Marsh, a new community-supported fishery, and the retirement of the first woman hired to guard San Francisco’s water supply. You’ll also find a special section describing California efforts to help park, forest and wildlife managers cope with climate change.