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.
Phyllis Faber, a California biologist and wetland restoration expert talks about how being a biologist has contributed to her life as an educator, scientist, activist, and board member. Phyllis founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust with Marin County farmers/ranchers and she is concerned about the future of our food systems in the face of climate change. She urges environmentalists to look at the big picture, not just focus on "do-gooding".
World War II devastation in London led Patricia's family to move to the country in Gloucester, England, where she fell deeply in love with the countryside. When she moved to Imperial Beach in San Diego, California, she was so smitten with the landscape that she was inspired to save the Tijuana Estuary with her partner and fellow environmentalist, Mike McCoy.
This is a story of two individuals, Mike and Patricia McCoy, who were undeterred by threats to their life, as a result of their successful campaign to protect their beloved local estuary from development. Their story is a wonderful example of how their love of a special place can inspire courage and change one's life for the better.
Both Mike and Patricia are also interviewed separately, so please take a look at the separate interviews as well.
Interested in learning about the values of the Tijuana Estuary? Dr. Mike McCoy talks about the physical interrelationships associated with this coastal ecosystem and why it is important to the communities in San Diego, California.