The classic images of California are those of sunny beaches, redwoods, and the Sierra Nevada. Yet California is also a land of rivers about ninety of them with thousands of forks, branches, and creeks. Totaling 194,000 miles, they cover more area than those of any other state but Alaska. With 176 exquisite photographs and original prose, Palmer showcases the variety, vitality, and majesty of streams large and small through all four seasons, from rainforest to desert, from high country source to the Pacific. He visits rivers in drought as well as in flood conditions. He points out that, plentiful as they are, rivers cannot serve unlimited demands, and that our needs are so extreme today that the collapse of many of these life-support systems now looms on the horizon. With enduring hope, Tim Palmer draws on decades of experience, research, and interviews to chronicle the rich history of people s efforts to protect a threatened inheritance. Rivers of California captures the true nature of California and takes us on a journey of discovery that can change the way we think about water and the shining, winding paths that it creates across our land.