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River Restoration and Settlement Agreement

The restoration of the San Joaquin River will require an improved community stewardship and a broad awareness of the changing character and nature of our river. Get involved and read news about the San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement and salmon recovery efforts.

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.

20 years of water war may end

Politicians cannot agree among each other Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 By Michael Doyle and Mark Grossi / The Fresno Bee The turbulent life and times of the San Joaquin River will enter a daunting new stretch soon when the Senate passes a huge public lands bill.

Senate moves on San Joaquin River restoration bill

Legislation that would also protect wilderness awaits likely approval.

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 Associated Press WASHINGTON -- In a rare Sunday session, the Senate advanced legislation that would implement the San Joaquin River restoration settlement and set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as wilderness.

Restoration Bill Reintroduced

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Senators Feinstein and Boxer Reintroduce Historic Legislation to Implement Settlement to Restore the San Joaquin River

Sea lions part of salmon decline

5 Sacramento River residents identified as eating a lot of fish.

San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement

A court ordered settlement agreement that took effect in October 2006 ended a 20 year lawsuit requiring State and federal agencies to cooperate in returning water and a self-sustaining salmon population to the San Joaquin River. The following is a summary of the progress to date and links to information on the agreement.

Funding fight diverts SJ River restoration

December 16, 2007

WASHINGTON - Someone will pay to restore the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam. On that, at least, everyone agrees.

Congress remains stymied, though, on precisely how to account for the ambitious river fix. The dollar amount, the funding sources and even the way it's described incite persistent debate.

Follow the money, and the river's future starts swimming into focus.

Compromise is urged on river restoration bill

Water districts represented by the Friant Water Users Authority want legislation passed and the river restored to settle a 1988 lawsuit filed by environmentalists. Farmers lost the lawsuit and fear that without a compromise settlement, a federal judge would give fish more river water.

"We're having ongoing discussions, and I think those discussions have been productive," said Ron Jacobsma, general manager of the authority, which represents 22 water districts serving the San Joaquin Valley's east side. "We're feeling optimistic."

San Joaquin River bill up for debate


last updated: December 07, 2007 04:16:25 AM

WASHINGTON -- An ambitious San Joaquin River restoration bill came bawling into the world one year ago Thursday. Some still hope it never grows up.

Today, lawmakers and irrigation district officials meet to consider the legislation returning water and salmon to the river below Friant Dam. The Visalia meeting comes amid progress and rancor, private maneuvers and public campaigns.

"We're having ongoing discussions, and I think those discussions have been pro- ductive," said Ron Jacobsma, general manager of the Fri- ant Water Users Authority. "We're feeling optimistic."

River bill hits rapids in D.C.

Costa-designed plan sees oil, gas producers paying to restore the San Joaquin.
By Michael Doyle / Bee Washington Bureau
11/08/07 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Oil and gas producers working in the Gulf of Mexico would pay to help restore the San Joaquin River under a bill that encountered new difficulties Wednesday amid growing debate.

With the oil and gas industry mobilizing against the bill -- and San Joaquin Valley lawmakers arguing about it -- a key House committee canceled plans to approve it Wednesday morning. Lawmakers have given themselves one more week to salvage the legislation, which has struggled all year.

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