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.
The San Joaquin River and its three main tributaries ranked
second on a list of “endangered” streams released Tuesday by a
national group. … American Rivers compiles the list to
draw attention to current or pending threats it sees on the
streams, including dams, hydroelectric plants, mining and
In another sign that the drought isn’t over in this neck of
California, state officials are considering temporarily
loosening water quality standards on the Stanislaus and San
Joaquin rivers for the third year in a row.
A Fresno jury has awarded a Madera County development company
$25 million in damages against Fidelity National Title
Insurance in a civil trial over the developer’s blocked access
to the San Joaquin River.
Participants of this tour snaked 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
Much of the honest debate about global warming has focused on
the costs and pace of switching from fossil fuels to
renewables. The discussion, however, should widen to include
examination of programs favored by environmentalists and
governments to preserve species.
More than six decades after their deaths, the San Joaquin River
and chinook salmon slowly are coming back to life in an
unprecedented, hard-fought revival. … The trick in restoring
this dried river is making water turn around and run uphill to
be used on farms.
After missing ambitious deadlines to restore the San Joaquin
River, federal leaders this week extended deadlines to 2030 and
beyond while holding down federal appropriations funding to
less than $50 million annually.
California water regulators flexed their muscles by ordering a
group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San
Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the
state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the
Stream gauges and monitoring wells are ready and waiting along
the San Joaquin River. Big money has been spent for the right
to let water flow through a private bypass. All that’s missing
now is water.
About 100 people listened at a public meeting in Fresno to
sometimes passionate statements from speakers who faulted
everything from the feasibility analysis to the notification
for the hearing on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for
Temperance Flat Reservoir.
Join us on the Nov. 6-7 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour that
will explore the challenges associated with restoration of the
San Joaquin River, a program that is the result of a legal
settlement. See firsthand the progress being made and discuss
the current conflicts so you can better understand the
coordination taking place to implement one of the largest river
restoration projects in the nation. The two-day,
one-night tour starts and ends in Fresno.