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The San Joaquin River is at the center of the debate over how we grow into the future. Will the river and its wildlife resources survive as the centerpiece of a new development area? How will we adapt water plans to meet the changing needs of California's cities and agriculture?

Auditor woes cost Madera County

Missed deadlines put at least $5.4 million at risk.

Published online on Tuesday, Feb. 03, 2009

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In the rural, low-income community of Fairmead about 10 miles north of Madera, some 800 people rely on a decades-old water pump that could fail at any moment.

Madera County: Next frontier or next Fresno?

Published online on Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2009

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I learned long ago to ignore marketers and social scientists declaring this place or that place "the last frontier."

There's always another frontier over the hill.

For San Joaquin River, a historic reawakening begins this week

By Mark Grossi

Fresno Bee

Published Monday, Sep. 28, 2009

It all starts Thursday with a gentle surge of water to be released from Friant Dam into the San Joaquin River.

A massive, unprecedented and unpredictable river restoration project will begin -- reawakening miles of dried riverbed and salmon runs that have been extinct for six decades.

Since the dam was built in the 1940s, long stretches of the river have been dry.

Ruling delays massive development near Hwy. 41

Rio Mesa BluffBy Chris Collins / The Fresno Bee

A Madera County judge has ruled that a key environmental report for a massive housing development near Highway 41 lacks important information, forcing the county to rewrite part of the report and threatening to delay the 5,200-home project.

Patience Milrod, a Fresno attorney whose lawsuit for Revive the San Joaquin led to the ruling, said this week that

Water won't erase Valley's recession

Jeffrey Michael wrote an opinion piece in the Fresno Bee today and made some really good points. The 40% unemployment data used to point to Mendota's unemployment was taken from the 2000 census - when water availability was plentiful. This points to the lack of correlation to water = jobs in Eastern Fresno County. Read the editorial here: JEFFREY MICHAEL: Water won't erase Valley's recession Published online on Tuesday, May. 05, 2009 By Jeffrey Michael What is causing unemployment in the San Joaquin Valley?

Using Tulare Lake for Water Storage

Lewis Griswold published a column in the Fresno Bee outlining a proposal using the Tulare Lake area for water storage instead of the Temperance Flat Dam.

The San Joaquin Valley Leadership Forum has published a plan to use the Tulare Lake Basin for water storage. Read all about it here:

The text of the Fresno Bee column by Lewis Griswold is here:

Revive's Grasslands Bypass Project Comments

Revive the San Joaquin submitted the following public comments to Judi Tapia, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation concerning the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Grasslands ByPass Project.  The Proposed Project is asking for an additional 10 years to comply with state water quality and environmental regulations.

Revive the San Joaquin’s Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Grasslands Bypass Project 2010-2019

San Joaquin River wrangling continues

San Joaquin River wrangling continues

By Mark Grossi / The Fresno Bee
Monday, February 16, 2009

The revival of the San Joaquin River will officially begin with a shot of fresh water in October -- capping decades of courtroom battles and years of delicate negotiations over funding.

But the wrangling over the state's second-longest river is far from over.

Rio Mesa's 'litigation magnet'

Madera County plans in a vacuum, to the detriment of the entire region.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 - Editorial in Fresno Bee

In the eyes of its developers and their supporters, the Rio Mesa area in southeast Madera County will one day be a sparkling new community of upscale homes and comfortable suburban living. In the eyes of its detractors, Rio Mesa is like watching an accident about to happen, and being too far away to help.

Fresno County votes to keep parks open

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday February 3rd, 2009 voted to keep County parks open to the public for the remainder of this fiscal year and into the next.  Hearing testimony from nearly 20 residents and river groups, the Board recognized that the parks have a value to the whole community that should not be overlooked when making significant fiscal cutbacks due to a poor economy and tax losses from a struggling real estate market.  The County Supervisors dire

Watch streaming video of the Feb 4 debate on water issues at Fresno State, moderated by U.S District Judge Oliver Wanger.

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