Every time I am in the Eastern Sierras I try so hard to put myself 1000 years in past. I image all of the streams, rivers, and lakes that would have permeated throughout the high desert floor. I try so hard to envision myself as a native to these lands, living and hunting the fertile floors, drinking and bathing in the cold sierra waters. At times, I feel almost as if I am in fact a descendent of these very lands; they are a part of me. The creation of reservoirs, damns, and aquaducts has created an unwelcoming dependence on water. And, as a result, rivers and lakes that would have once resided on these floors are being drenched with no end in sight. Like the great scientist Jared Diamond said, "agriculture is the death of every great civilization".