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Land Use and Water Planning

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?

Can a River Survive a City?

Printed in September 2008 Undercurrent
Chris Acree

Fresno is big and getting bigger. Despite our unhealthy air and extremely hot weather, we still manage to draw in more new residents than most other U.S. cities. Maybe this is because Fresno is a great place to live and raise a family, or maybe we are just stuck here and having lots of babies. Either way you look at it, life in the San Joaquin Valley is changing. A new habitat restoration project for the San Joaquin River could give valley residents more opportunities to enjoy this place we live, that is, if the restored river can survive our way of life.

Domino theory

Madera County subdivision may affect the way we all live.
(Updated Wednesday, March 10, 2004, 4:35 AM)

A subdivision tentatively approved in Madera County is one more example of the importance of taking a regional perspective on land-use planning in the San Joaquin Valley. While this may be a Madera County project, its repercussions -- along with those of future projects planned for the area -- will affect the air quality, transportation patterns and water availability of the entire region.

Rio Mesa homes win a key vote

Madera County board OKs project on river.
By Cyndee Fontana
The Fresno Bee
(Updated Tuesday, March 9, 2004, 8:55 AM)

MADERA -- The first subdivision in a long-envisioned new town bordering the San Joaquin River was tentatively approved Monday after a meeting dominated by testimony over water supply, wildlife and public access to the river.

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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