Mimicking A Natural Population

Spring-run Chinook Return to San Joaquin River Despite Low Water Year 2020 Brings Generational Variety, New Information If there’s one certainty in these uncertain times, it’s that nature is resilient, and one needn’t look further than the San Joaquin River as an example.  For a second year in a row, and for only the second […]

Reach O Levee Improvements

In April 2020, the Department of Water Resources, a partnering agency of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, began work on approximately two miles of levee along the Eastside Bypass. The project purpose was to improve seepage and stability requirements to allow for higher Restoration Flows. Prior to construction, the levee was constructed of sand […]

Friant-Kern Canal fix DEIS/R Available!

Reclamation seeks public input on proposed repairs to fix capacity of the Friant-Kern Canal SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and Friant Water Authority seek public input on alternatives to repair a 33-mile stretch of the Friant-Kern Canal in California’s eastern San Joaquin Valley. This stretch of canal has lost over half of its […]

Spring-run Chinook return again for 2020!

For the second year in a row, spring-run Chinook salmon have returned to the San Joaquin River. “The capture of returning spring-run adults indicates that the return of the spring-run Chinook last year was no anomaly,” said Don Portz, San Joaquin River Restoration Program, Program Manager. “All of the hard work from Program staff is […]

2019 Spring-Run Redds Set Record!

Record spring-run Chinook redds in San Joaquin River Threatened fish overcome obstacles to access spawning habitat By Josh Newcom Reaching a new milestone, the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (Program) has recorded a record number of spring-run Chinook salmon redds (fish nests) this season – four times the number discovered last year. Last year, the […]

Program gives $10.3M for sinking Friant-Kern Canal

The SJRRP has provided $10.3 million to assist the Friant Water Authority with restoring the original design and built capacity of the Friant-Kern Canal. The canal, which has over half of its designed capacity eliminated due to subsidence (compacting earth from groundwater overpumping), is currently undergoing a planning and design process to fix the impacted portions […]

Creating a Model Fish Passage Project

In September, a group of fish biologists, engineers, and farmers met at Reclamation’s Denver Technical Service to help ensure that the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s largest engineering feat to date – developing a new stretch of river with passage for salmonids and other native fish – will pass environmental and engineering muster. And they […]