Alex Breitler, Record

Sometimes rivers flow strong and wide, offering a wealth of water for all who need it.

Other times they shrink well within their banks and are not as generous.

Rivers change, which is why it makes sense to gather once a year and assess the health of the four major streams crossing through San Joaquin County, according to organizers of the third State of Our Rivers symposium to be held Wednesday in downtown Stockton.

The event is open to both the general public and to the farmers, environmentalists and government officials involved in issues concerning the Mokelumne, Calaveras, Stanislaus and San Joaquin streams.

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