Program Organization

Program Management – Who’s Who

The Settling Parties

Program Management Team for the Implementing Agencies:

Alicia Forsythe, Program Manager
Bureau of Reclamation
(U.S. Department of the Interior)

Robert Clarke (Interim)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
(U.S. Department of the Interior)

Rhonda Reed
National Marine Fisheries Service
(U.S. Department of Commerce)

Gerald Hatler, Environmental Program Manager
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
(California Resources Agency)

Paul Romero, Program Manager
Department of Water Resources South Central Region
(California Resources Agency)


Restoration Administrator

Tom Johnson
Restoration Administrator (RA) for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (as of August 1, 2013; see Settlement sections 17 and 18 for RA role).

Organizational Chart
Fact Sheet


Technical Work Groups

The Technical Work Groups of the SJRRP are responsible for four distinct aspects of the Program.

The four technical work groups are:

  • Water Management
  • Engineering and Design
  • Environmental Compliance and Permitting
  • Fisheries Management


Water Management WG – is responsible for addressing the water operations necessary for accomplishing the Restoration and Water Management Goals.

Engineering and Design WG – is responsible for the preliminary engineering and design of structure and flow channels needed to meet the Restoration and Water Management Goals.

Environmental Compliance and Permitting WG – is responsible for analyzing alternatives, assign their effectiveness, developing alternative descriptions and preparing the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement/ Report.

Fisheries Management WG – is responsible for planning and coordinating the efforts to implement the sections in the Settlement related to meeting the Restoration Goal.

Click here for information on the Public Technical Feedback Meetings that support Work Group efforts.


Restoration Adminstrator

The Settlement identified the roles and responsibilities of the Restoration Administrator (RA) which is supported by the Technical Advisory Committee.

The RA is jointly selected by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Friant WaterUsers Authority and provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of California regarding specific elements of the Settlement on certain issues related the SJRRP’s Restoration Goal.

As of August 1, 2013, Tom Johnson began as the Restoration Administrator, replacing Rod Meade who served in that capacity since January 2009. Ane Deister served as the RA in 2008.

Available Documents

Note: Some reports, although portioned into manageable sizes are still quite large and may take some time to download – depending on your download speed.


Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) features six voting members selected by and representing the Friant Water Users Authority and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Voting members of the TAC assist in advising the Restoration Administrator (RA) regarding areas outlined in the Settlement.

There are two nonvoting members of the TAC representing the State (DWR and DFG) and three Federal agency liaisons (Reclamation, NMFS, USFWS) to the RA and TAC to ensure coordination and information-sharing with the Implementing Agencies.