Someone (some say Mark Twain) once said "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over." Although generally true throughout the American West, nowhere is it more-so than in California. Two thirds of California is a desert, transformed into an agricultural Eden and urban playground by the greatest public engineering works, in scale and number, the world had ever seen. The human and environmental consequences of our massive manipulation of nature are becoming more apparent, as California copes with a severe drought and the reality of disappearing water due to climate change.
Above: Children pose for a picture in front of a mobile aquarium during the 2009 Salmon Festival at the Feather River Fish Hatchery in Oroville, CA. Species such as salmon and steelhead have become symbols of the environmental and conservation movements, who are in turn mocked by the agricultural industries through slogans such as "fry a fish, feed a farmer." September 26, 2009.