Viewpoints: Water in redwood country is worth more than nickel

Far up on our North Coast, the Smith River flows as an incomparable gem of California, breathtakingly beautiful as it courses crystalline through the heart of redwood country. The Smith is the state’s only major river lacking both storage and smaller diversion dams. It’s also our finest stronghold of Chinook salmon – vital to commercial fisheries at sea and also to a vibrant sportfishing industry. Because of unusual geology, the basin has some of the greatest diversity of plant life in the West. more@sacbee 08:31

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