San Joaquin River Restoration Tour (Field Trip)
This 2-day, 1-night tour explores challenges associated with restoring flows and a Chinook salmon fishery to the San Joaquin River from below Friant Dam to the confluence with the Merced River. Tour stops include Friant Dam, Interim San Joaquin River Salmon Conservation and Research Facility, Chowchilla Bifurcation and Canal, Mendota Pool, Sack Dam, Sand Slough Control Structure, and the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Participants learn about water project operations, salmon spawning and rearing, flood management, agricultural diversions, and gravel mining impacts. The tour begins and ends in Fresno.
The Water Education Foundation's tours are action-packed field trips that offer participants a firsthand look at the water facilities, rivers and regions critical in the debate about the future of water resources. Issues of water supply, water quality, environmental restoration, flood management, groundwater and water conservation are addressed by a wide-range of speakers representing different viewpoints.
Alicia Forsythe, San Joaquin River Restoration Program Manager, Bureau of Reclamation
Bill Luce, Resources Manager, Friant Water Authority
Dave Koehler, Coordinator, San Joaquin River Partnership