It's a good question that seven science and conservation groups assessed in a study published this month. Their answer is that river restoration is important in at least two major ways.
New economic estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show what most Valley residents already knew: Things were worse in 2008 than they were in 2007. And experts suggest they're even bleaker now.
People earned less money last year, and more of them lived in poverty, according to the Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey.