San Joaquin River Restoration Tour
Register now for the last tour of 2015
The San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, on Nov. 5-6, will explore the challenges and controversies related to restoration activities, especially in a year of extreme drought.
The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most contentious legal battles in California water history related to providing instream flows for fish. A 2006 settlement between the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Friant Water Users Authority led to creation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.
This 2-day, 1-night tour will feature speakers from key governmental agencies and stakeholder groups, who will explain the restoration program’s goals and progress.
Topics to be discussed include:
- Central Valley Project operations and the drought
- Fishery restoration goals, current program activities and timeline
- Flood management planning and seepage issues
- Agricultural diversions and bypass control structures
- Interim flows and impacts to agricultural lands
- Various agency roles in restoration
Tentative stops include:
- Friant Dam
- San Joaquin Trout Hatchery
- Skaggs Bridge
- Chowchilla Bifurcation and Canal
- Mendota Pool
- Sack Dam
- Sand Slough Control Structure
- Merced National Wildlife Refuge
- Hills Ferry Barrier on the Merced River
The tour will begin at the Best Western Fresno Holiday Inn, 1551 North Peach Avenue, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 and end at 6 p.m. Nov. 6.
For more information and to register, click here.