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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 […]

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. […]