Promoting a collective stewardship that sustains the economic, environmental, and recreational benefits of a healthy San Joaquin River, including adequate flows, habitat, and native fisheries.
The State Water Resources Control Board, the state agency responsible for protecting the public trust resources and allocating water among competing uses, is aiming to enact new flow criteria to protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, starting with flows contributed to the Bay-Delta by the San Joaquin River. The Board has already determined that, in order to fully protect the public trust, 60% of the runoff in the San Joaquin watershed must make it to the Delta. This will be a highly politicized decision and may impact many water users as the Board seek to “go get” water enact these new standards.
Freshwater flows out of the San Joaquin and Sacramento River systems are necessary to repel saltwater incursion into the Central Valley from the flooding and ebbing of ocean tides through the San Francisco Bay. Recognizing this problem long ago,
Current Events and News, September 12, 2012
San Joaquin River Restoration Program Interim Flows shut down for flood facility maintenance:
Releases from Friant Dam will be reduced from September 1 - 23 to allow for repairs to the Chowchilla Bifurcation Structure. During this period, no flows will reach the structure. The work is being conducted to replace vibrating gate seals which may have threatened its structural integrity if unattended. Total releases from Friant Dam will return to 350 cfs on September 24. The SJRRP's fall pulse will be delayed until after November 15. Exact dates of the pulse will be provided at a later date and will be consistent with fish monitoring schedules of the program.
News: September 4, 2012: San Joaquin restoration will create 11,000 jobs
The restoration of the San Joaquin River will create 11,000 Valley jobs -- mostly short-term jobs in construction, says a new study from the University of California at Merced.
San Joaquin River conference- Please join us for the San Joaquin River Conference, "A Living River and a Vibrant Valley." The San Joaquin River Partnership has assembled a series of engaging workshops and field trips that highlight efforts now underway for restoring the river and improving life in Valley communities. The conference is designed to promote the exchange of ideas, build networks, and inspire everyone working on the San Joaquin River. The conference begins with an Opening Reception at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies (River Center). Conference sessions will be held in Fresno's Cultural Arts District, and mobile workshops will take place along the river.
October 3, 2012 - October 5, 2012
River Center - Oct. 3 & Warnors Theatre - Oct. 4-5
River Center: 11605 Old Friant Rd.
Warnors Theatre: 1400 Fulton St.
Join Revive the San Joaquin this Saturday in celebration of the Great Sierra Rivers Cleanup Day at Riverbottom Park. Help us clean up this local treasure and create a safe and enjoyable place to recreate on the San Joaquin River.
During the first three years of the Great Sierra River Cleanup more than 11,200 volunteers have joined together to remove over 526 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and 1,052 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that supply the State of California with 65 percent of its water. This effort, in partnership with the California
Revive the San Joaquin and 36 other concerned organizations signed a letter recently to Secretary Salazaar of the Department of the Interior urging a second look at the upcoming ‘imminent’ decision to approve the Peripheral Canal as a part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This proposed tunnel below the Delta would have the capacity to divert ALL the Sacramento River’s runoff to destinations south of the Delta.
Revive the San Joaquin has received an EPA grant for over $59,000 to be used to develop a Citizen’s Water Watch program that tracks water quality along the San Joaquin River. The program will initiate a water quality monitoring and pollution prevention education program for the Fresno area. It will develop regular water quality monitoring events at locations on the San Joaquin River and educate landowners and the public about water quality impacts of contaminated stormwater.
Don’t buy into the myth that the salmon will never return to the San Joaquin. Salmon returned last year with the high rains and flood flows. The Hills Ferry Fish Barrier that usually keeps salmon out of the San Joaquin was down and salmon returned in numbers without the benefits of restoration projects. The CA Department of Fish and Game also captured stranded salmon at Sack Dam and re-released them into Mendota Pool. So to those naysayers that think it is OK to write-off the San Joaquin as an inhabitable cesspool, join us this spring with your mask and goggles and lets go swimming and enjoy this historic salmon viewing in our beautiful, clean river.
Join us Sunday March 25th at 2pm to hear National Poet Laureate Philip Levine speak for a fundraiser to support our Friant Ranch Litigation. The Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters, and Revive the San Joaquin are hosting this exciting day of poetry to raise funds in support of our efforts to protect the San Joaquin River from poorly planned development on its shores.