The San Joaquin River, which helps
drain California’s Central Valley, has been negatively impacted
by construction of dams, inadequate streamflows and poor water
quality. Efforts are now underway to restore the river and
continue providing agricultural lands with vital irrigation,
among other water demands.
After an 18-year lawsuit to restore water flows to a 60-mile dry
stretch of river and to boost the dwindling salmon populations,
the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement is underway.
Water releases are now used to restore the San Joaquin River and
to provide habitat for naturally-reproducing populations of
self-sustaining Chinook salmon and other fish in the San Joaquin
River. Long-term efforts also include measures to reduce or avoid
adverse water supply impacts from the restoration flows.
Friday will provide a chance to wade into the details of the
state’s proposal to increase flows on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne
and Merced rivers. … The public hearings will start Nov.
29 in Sacramento and continue in Modesto, Merced and Stockton
Water users in San Francisco and its suburbs face a day of
reckoning as state regulators move to leave more water in
California’s two biggest rivers in an effort to halt a collapse
in the native ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay and its
estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
A plan to leave more water in streams feeding the San Joaquin
River will benefit Delta water exporters while letting the
government off the hook for failing to meet water quality
standards, San Joaquin County water wonks said Wednesday.
A state official on Tuesday defended plans to permanently allow
more water to remain in the San Joaquin River and its
tributaries in an effort to help struggling fish species. The
proposal, released last month, has come under attack from farms
and cities that rely on those tributaries, particularly in
Stanislaus and Merced counties.
Four of the five board members at the Turlock Irrigation
District voted Tuesday against the state’s proposed boost in
river flows. Meanwhile, the fifth board member was in
Sacramento to press the same case.
San Francisco faces potentially drastic cutbacks in its water
supply, as state regulators proposed leaving more water in
three Northern California rivers Thursday to protect wildlife
in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary, the linchpin
of California’s water supply.
In a move that foreshadows sweeping statewide reductions in the
amount of river water available for human needs, California
regulators on Thursday proposed a stark set of cutbacks to
cities and farms that receive water from the San Joaquin River
and its tributaries.
Participants of this tour snake along the San Joaquin River
to learn firsthand about one of the nation’s largest and most
expensive river restoration plans.
The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most
contentious legal battles in California water history,
ending in a 2006 settlement between the federal government,
Friant Water Users Authority and a coalition of environmental
Headwaters are the source of a
stream or river. They are located at the furthest point from
where the water body empties or merges with
another. Two-thirds of California’s surface water supply
originates in these mountainous and typically forested regions.
As part of one of the largest restoration projects in the
country groups will begin working this summer to fully connect
water flowing out of Friant Dam in the San Joaquin River to the
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and out to the ocean.