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 […]

Program Delivers Prestigious Keys Awards to Recipents

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Highlighting successful collaboration to improve water supply management, two John W. Keys, III Awards were presented at the third biennial San Joaquin River Restoration Program Science Meeting held in Sacramento, California on August 22 and 23. In keeping with the meeting theme “Collaborating for the Future,” the Keys Award recipients were recognized […]

Portz to lead as Program Manager

Don Portz to lead San Joaquin River Restoration Program for Reclamation SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced Thursday the selection of Don Portz as the San Joaquin River Restoration Program manager. Portz has been involved with the SJRRP since 2010 and has served as its lead fish biologist since 2015. “Dr. […]

Program Releases Framework to Guide Program Into Next Decade

      The following are the Funding Constrained Framework documents: Funding Constrained Framework for Implementation Appendix A: Foundation for the Funding Constrained Framework for Implementation (summary) Appendix B: Analysis of Physical Flow Characteristics Supportive of Chinook Salmon to Inform Channel Capacity Selection in the Funding Constrained Framework Appendix C: Federal Obligations and Expenditures Through […]

2015-2016 SJRRP Annual Report Released

Hot off the press! Read about all of the Program’s accomplishments for 2015 and 2016 in the 2015-2016 Annual Report! This full-color, 38-page report provides an overview of all major Program happenings for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years including a comprehensive look at the Revised Framework for Implementation, progress and activities, public involvement and […]

Eastside Bypass Improvements IS/EA Released for Comment

Comment period extended for San Joaquin River fish passage and flow improvement environmental document  SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have prepared a joint Initial Study and Environmental Assessment for the Eastside Bypass Improvements Project. The proposed project, part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, has […]

First time in over 60 years: spring-run Chinook salmon spawn in the San Joaquin

        December 1, 2017 Seasonal Monitoring Reveals a Program Milestone: Successful Spawning A multi-agency effort to bring salmon runs back to the San Joaquin River has proven it is possible for spring-run Chinook salmon to successfully spawn in the river – a major first milestone for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program. […]

Draft Channel Capacity Report Released

September 20, 2017 – Program Releases Draft Channel Capacity Report for 2018 Restoration Year for Review The primary objective of this report is to provide the Channel Capacity Advisory Group (CCAG) and the public a summary of the prior Restoration Year’s data, methods, and estimated channel capacities, as well as, recommendations for monitoring and management […]