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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.

For San Joaquin River, a historic reawakening


Published online on Sunday, Sep. 27, 2009
By Mark Grossi / The Fresno Bee
 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.

Project stirs memories of river brimming with life

River releases to begin soon after brief delay

Published online on Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2009
By E.J. Schultz and Pablo Lopez / The Fresno Bee

A long-awaited plan to restore the San Joaquin River has hit a snag — the federal Bureau of Reclamation has not received a state permit to release water from Friant Dam.

Initially, the plan was to release the water by noon today, said the bureau’s spokesman, Pete Lucero.
But on Wednesday, the California Water Resource Control Board’s legal counsel was still reviewing the bureau’s water-release permit to determine whether it is legally sound, said William L. Rukeyser, the board’s spokesman.


The board plans to hand over the permit to the bureau, which operates the dam, by 3 p.m. today, Rukeyser said.
If that happens, water releases could begin late this afternoon or Friday, Lucero said.


When it does happen, there won’t be a ceremony — just the flip of a few switches at the dam.

Grassroots’ Latino Water Coalition registered to ag industry lobbyist

By Malcolm Maclachlan | 10/01/09 12:00 AM PST..

Anyone who works in or around the Capitol has likely seen them in the last few months: clumps of Latino farm workers holding blue and white signs with slogans such as “Farm water=Jobs” or “If you like foreign oil, you’ll love foreign food.”


The California Latino Water Coalition is one of several groups that have sprung up in recent years as the Golden State has tried to address its water woes. But according to critics, those blue signs are hiding another color: the green of Astroturf. In politics, “Astroturfing” means creating and financing a group to make it appear to be a real grass-roots organization when, in fact, it isn’t. It is a common practice in the high-stakes world of Sacramento lobbying and communications strategy.

Backyard Getaway on San Joaquin River

Sycamore Island Ranch quietly earning a reputation.

Wednesday, Sep.

Plan to restore San Joaquin River approved

Salmon HerdSan Francisco Chronicle – 3/26/09
By Kelly Zito

In one of the boldest river restorations in the Western United States, a 63-mile stretch of the San Joaquin River will be transformed from a dusty ditch into a fish-friendly waterway under legislation approved Wednesday that ends a decades-long dispute between farmers and environmentalists.

The $400 million project, approved by Congress as

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.

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