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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.

A Salmon Strategy for Survival


Plans for Preserving the Fleet and Recovering the Fish

By Zeke Grader and Glen Spain

There is no need to repeat the news of the collapse of salmon stocks along the coast and a possible closure of the Oregon and California salmon fishery for 2008. A simple Google search will provide you all the media coverage from the past couple of months and the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s website gives the gory details of the options being proposed.

Unfavorable Ocean Conditions Likely Cause of Low Salmon Returns Along West Coast in 2007

March 3, 2008

NOAA scientists are reviewing unusual environmental conditions in the Pacific Ocean as the likely culprit for the dramatically low returns of Chinook and coho salmon to rivers and streams along the West Coast of the United States last year.

Salmon resurgence in Butte County

Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer

Monday, May 26, 2008

(05-26) 04:00 PST Butte Creek, Butte County --

The salmon looked like shadows gliding silently beneath the surface of a pool between the foaming rapids of rugged Butte Creek.

Suddenly, with a splash, a big glittering fish leaped out of the water, then another and another. The spring-run chinook were jumping this past week in the remote, forested gorge outside Chico.

Groups prod Congress to help bring San Joaquin River back to life

Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sixteen national conservation groups sent a letter Thursday urging Congress to fund a landmark agreement to bring life back to the dried-up San Joaquin River and restore its historic salmon run.

The once-mighty river, which literally foamed with spawning salmon back in the day, was dammed in 1943. Now, during summer months, two long sections of the river often dry up for more than 60 miles.

Nunes change is right move

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, made the smart play last week in dropping his previously vehement opposition to the San Joaquin River Settlement.

It's a smart play for Nunes politically. Continuing his stubborn opposition to the settlement not only alienated him from the state's most powerful politicians, it was freezing him out of his own congressional delegation.

It's also the smart play for his constituents. It allows Nunes to push for the mitigation projects he has said from the beginning are necessary to keep his constituents from a crippling loss of water.

Talks continue on San Joaquin River settlement

12/07/07 14:29:13

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Congressional lawmakers and officials from 22 Central Valley water districts are meeting to flesh out a compromise on a bill to restore salmon to the San Joaquin River.

Federal legislation is needed to implement the river restoration project, which resulted from a court settlement reached by the water districts and environmentalists a year ago.

But questions over how the project will be funded and whether it would really bring salmon back have hampered the bill's approval.

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