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How California is turning drainage canals back to rivers
How California is turning drainage canals back to rivers

The Santa Ana River, born of snowmelt and natural springs near Big Bear Lake, flows through Southern California as one of the region's most scenic rivers — until it hits Orange County. After cutting through a deep, lush canyon and flowing through the city of Riverside, the Santa Ana spills into riprap and the county's dreary concrete flood control channel extending 26 miles to the Pacific Ocean. The conditions have made the Santa Ana, like other Southern California rivers, a gritty anachronism, especially in a state that prides itself as an environmental leader nationwide. But now, joining a trend that began elsewhere some four decades ago, the Santa Ana is catching up....

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