Michael Adamson

Michael Adamson

Writing for Estuary News was a years-long lesson in connectivity. Much like the Estuary links watersheds from across the state, the reliance on and protection of that water links otherwise disparate communities. I particularly enjoyed covering the effort to pass AB 2501 in 2018, where residents of rural San Joaquin Valley gathered in Sacramento’s Capitol to fight for access to clean drinking water. They succeeded, and in doing so cast a poignant light on the precarious future of water in the west years before it was a frequent headline in national news. Humans aren’t the only stewards of California’s waterways, and in 2021 I reported on the California Beaver Summit and “Beaver Queen” Heidi Perryman’s efforts to champion beavers’ critical contribution to the health of streams and rivers. There are plenty of other stories I’d like to highlight, but an appropriate capstone for this retrospective is my final contribution on the restoration effort taking place at Bouldin Island in the Delta. Bouldin brings together north and south, with local conservation groups working together with Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District, long considered an interloping outsider in the region. If water can bond even them, then the estuary seems in good hands.

— Michael Adamson

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Michael Hunter Adamson was born and partly raised in the Bay Area and spent his childhood balancing adventure with mischief. As an equally irresponsible adult he has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the arts and education nonprofit NaNoWriMo, taught English in Madrid-based High School equivalent, and volunteers with The Marine Mammal Center. As a writer for Estuary and the editor of the Bay Area Monitor, Michael employs his love for nature and his interest in people to help tell the unfolding story of the living Earth.

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