Nadananda listens for spiritual guidance every day, and pays attention to messages. One day she heard that the Eel River was dead and the news unexpectedly cut her to the core. She decided to get involved in a big way. Nadananda, tells her story about founding Friends of the Eel River and her inspiration to wage a battle to protect water resources for fish and wildlife.

Lloyd G. Carter, a former UPI and Fresno journalist, broke the 1982 news story about the selenium poisoning at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California.  Lloyd divides his career as pre-Kesterson and post-Kesterson because of the impact this issue has had on his life's work. His story, told in biblical terms, enlightens all of us about the selenium soil contamination in this important agricultural area of the Central Valley. Lloyd's story is about politics, soils, drainage and what the future holds for California agriculture, water, and wildlife in the San Joaquin Valley.