Easing the Drought on the Hillsborough

Hillsborough River
TAMPA (2009-05-02) -

You'd think in the midst of a three-year drought - with little rainfall forecast for the next two months - that the source of drinking water for the Bay Area's largest city would be a bit shriveled, to say the least.

So with that thought I recently hopped onboard a pontoon boat.

As the pontoon motored out of its slip in the middle portion of the Hillsborough River, my misconceptions were drowned in its tannin-stained depths. No limestone sticks out of shallow water. No newly-exposed beaches lined its lowered banks.

And that means looking at this wide part of the Hillsborough, you'd never know we're in a drought.

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