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Chris Acree, Executive Director


Chris is a University of California Davis graduate with a B.S. degree in Environmental and Resource Sciences with Hydrology as a Major Emphasis. For seven years, Chris was a Senior Air Pollution Control Specialist with San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Other professional experiences include: Regional Council of Rural Counties' Environmental Program Coordinator for Mariposa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Inyo, and Mono Counties; County of Fresno Public Works and Planning Resources Department; UC Davis Outdoor Adventures Senior Rock-Climbing Guide; and Western Environmental Consultants Urban Forestry contract work for P.G. & E. and SMUD.

Chris was appointed to the County of Fresno Planning Commission in July 2006 and County of Fresno San Joaquin Valley Water Coalition Council in August 2005. He has volunteered for the Sierra Club, Tehipite Chapter, California State Democratic Convention, California Wild Heritage Campaign, Committee to Save the Kings River, UC Davis Hydrology Department and San Joaquin River Parkway.

Temperance Flat Dam Public Meeting and Environmental Documents

The Temperance Flat Dam proposal has re-emerged from a long sleep and is now chugging forward out of 
pure political might. This will be the tallest dam built in California, but will only catch the smallest amount of 
waterWater-hungry agribusiness and politicians are promoting the proposal as a way to create new water 
supplies, but look into the project details and see why this may be the worst possible infrastructure scenario 
to satisfy our changing water needs. The result of a dam at Temperance Flat could mean less water, large 
taxpayer subsidies, and even larger profits for its private development partners. Read on to learn more, 
and join us October 16th at the Piccadilly Inn to voice your concern to the Bureau of Reclamation who is 
spearheading this proposal. 

Stop The Temperance Flat Dam And Help Save The San Joaquin River Gorge!

TAKE ACTION!


Please plan on attending public hearings during the week of October 13 to speak out against the Temperance Flat Dam and support Wild & Scenic River protection for the San Joaquin River Gorge. The meetings are:

 

Sacramento: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1-3PM, 2800 Cottage Way, Rooms 1001-1002. 


Fresno: Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8PM, Piccadilly Inn, 2305 W. Shaw Avenue.


If you are from outside of Fresno, Friends of the River is working to coordinate car pools to the hearings. Please call Lily Amodio at (916) 764-2390 or email her at lily@friendsoftheriver.org if you are interested in carpooling, particularly to the Fresno hearing.

Climate Change Data is In! Geos Institute releases study for Southern Sierra

The GEOS Institute issued a DWR funded report “Future Climate, Hydrology, Vegetation, and Wildfire Projections for the Southern Sierra Nevada, California” in May 2014. This was the first information I have seen integrating global and local models into basic climate change data for our watersheds in the San Joaquin Valley. The data provided is significant to all Californians and should be reviewed and understood by water managers throughout the State. Planning today can help us to identify our vulnerabilities and strategies for adaptation to the changes that are already occurring. The term “Irreversible Climate Change” identifies that there are positive feedbacks in our climate system that kick in to such an extent that emission reductions are no longer effective.

The early data released in this report is shocking! Using widely accepted climate models, and integrating these projections with local hydrology data, we begin to see a range of possible or likely changes in our hydrologic system. The report emphasized how dominant evapotranspiration rates were to the potential for hydrologic change (changes in precipitation do not translate directly to changes in water supply). The following represent some standout data released under the ‘business as usual’ climate projections for Southern Sierra:

  • Changes to Sierra Nevada hydrology are already occurring (15.8% declines in snow water equivalents, increased wildfires, 16% increase in frequency and intensity of very heavy precipitation, spring runoff occurring 1 to 3 weeks earlier)
  • Increase in average annual temperature of up to 4.1 degrees Celsius by 2099 (up to 11 degrees Fahrenheit in Summer months)
  • An average of 75% reduced runoff in Summer months (May through September, and reaching up to 95%-97% reduction in late summer)
  • Broad agreement in models of 82% - 86% reduction in annual average snowpack

The report emphasized that the resource models we use today can no longer rely on historic data anticipate future conditions. We

Show me the Water!

Please join us for an afternoon of water talks sponsored by Revive the San Joaquin, the League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, and Madera Oversight Coalition. New developments threaten to impact our existing surface water and groundwater supplies. Join in a discussion that will explore how we grow responsibly and what that means for the residents of Madera and Fresno Counties. Learn about recent trends in regional growth and listen to water managers from the US Bureau of Reclamation and the Friant Water Authority explain their systems and ideas on water for new development.

SWRCB Aims to Set Delta Flow Requirements for San Joaquin River System

The State Water Resources Control Board, the state agency responsible for protecting the public trust resources and allocating water among competing uses, is aiming to enact new flow criteria to protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, starting with flows contributed to the Bay-Delta by the San Joaquin River. The Board has already determined that, in order to fully protect the public trust, 60% of the runoff in the San Joaquin watershed must make it to the Delta. This will be a highly politicized decision and may impact many water users as the Board seek to “go get” water enact these new standards.

Freshwater flows out of the San Joaquin and Sacramento River systems are necessary to repel saltwater incursion into the Central Valley from the flooding and ebbing of ocean tides through the San Francisco Bay. Recognizing this problem long ago,

San Joaquin River Restoration Update

 

Current Events and News, September 12, 2012

San Joaquin River Restoration Program Interim Flows shut down for flood facility maintenance: 

Releases from Friant Dam will be reduced from September 1 - 23 to allow for repairs to the Chowchilla Bifurcation Structure. During this period, no flows will reach the structure. The work is being conducted to replace vibrating gate seals which may have threatened its structural integrity if unattended. Total releases from Friant Dam will return to 350 cfs on September 24. The SJRRP's fall pulse will be delayed until after November 15. Exact dates of the pulse will be provided at a later date and will be consistent with fish monitoring schedules of the program. 

News: September 4, 2012: San Joaquin restoration will create 11,000 jobs 

The restoration of the San Joaquin River will create 11,000 Valley jobs -- mostly short-term jobs in construction, says a new study from the University of California at Merced.

2012 San Joaquin River Conference Oct. 3-5

 

San Joaquin River conference- Please join us for the San Joaquin River Conference, "A Living River and a Vibrant Valley." The San Joaquin River Partnership has assembled a series of engaging workshops and field trips that highlight efforts now underway for restoring the river and improving life in Valley communities. The conference is designed to promote the exchange of ideas, build networks, and inspire everyone working on the San Joaquin River. The conference begins with an Opening Reception at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies (River Center). Conference sessions will be held in Fresno's Cultural Arts District, and mobile workshops will take place along the river.

When
October 3, 2012 - October 5, 2012

Where
River Center - Oct. 3 & Warnors Theatre - Oct. 4-5
River Center: 11605 Old Friant Rd.
Warnors Theatre: 1400 Fulton St.
Fresno, CA 

http://www.cvent.com/events/the-san-joaquin-river-conference-2012/fees-6194c5bbb1e2435592c42dfa84086617.aspx

SWRCB Aims to Set Delta Flow Requirements for San Joaquin River

The State Water Resources Control Board, the state agency responsible for protecting the public trust resources and allocating water among competing uses, is aiming to enact new flow criteria to protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, starting with flows contributed to the Bay-Delta by the San Joaquin River. The Board has already determined that, in order to fully protect the public trust, 60% of the runoff in the San Joaquin watershed must make it to the Delta. This will be a highly politicized decision and may impact many water users as the Board seek to “go get” water enact these new standards.

Freshwater flows out of the San Joaquin and Sacramento River systems are necessary to repel saltwater incursion into the Central Valley from the flooding and ebbing of ocean tides through the San Francisco Bay. Recognizing this problem long ago,

Great Sierra Rivers Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 15th

 

Join Revive the San Joaquin this Saturday in celebration of the Great Sierra Rivers Cleanup Day at Riverbottom Park. Help us clean up this local treasure and create a safe and enjoyable place to recreate on the San Joaquin River.

During the first three years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup more than 11,200 volunteers have joined together to remove over 526 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and 1,052 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with 65 percent of its water. This effort, in partnership with the California

Nunes proposes HR 1837, Say Bye to Our River and Our Water!

Congressman Devin Nunes is at it again, using the San Joaquin River Restoration program as a bargaining chip to divert more State water away from our Delta and rivers and into the hands of Westlands water district and others who can economically benefit from surplus water sales.

Solo Kayak Trip Report: Waters High, River Closed!

I set out on 4.19.11 for a three or four day solo trip with the Merced River confluence as the ultimate destination.

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