“Chinook salmon spawning has been going on since September on San
Joaquin Valley rivers. It’s a stirring sight for people who love
nature, but important as well to farmers and other water users
who could face cutbacks if the fish numbers stay low.”
From The Fresno Bee, in a commentary by Cannon Michael:
“A number of recent articles and blog posts have highlighted
salmon being released into the San Joaquin River. From the
pictures and glowing prose, one would imagine that the
restoration of the river is on its way and proceeding as planned.
“About 350 people gathered at Lost Lake for Saturday’s
SalmonFest and witnessed the release of three adult Chinook
salmon into the San Joaquin River — another big moment in the
multiyear, $1 billion river restoration project.
“Weighing roughly 30 to 40 pounds each, the brightly colored
fish are the latest participants in a drive to reintroduce the
species into an ecosystem it had not known for 70 years.”
“State agencies this week paid $9.3 million to buy a 466-acre
dairy and farm in Stanislaus County near the confluence of the
Tuolumne and San Joaquin rivers.
“The so-called Hidden Valley Ranch is about 10 miles southwest
of Modesto. It will be taken out of agricultural production and
used to provide floodplain habitat along with the adjacent
1,603-acre Dos Rios Ranch, which was acquired last year for the
From the Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog, in a post by Mark Grossi:
“A few days before Christmas 1988, more than a dozen
environmental and fishing groups sued federal leaders over the
San Joaquin River, Friant Dam and the renewal of 40-year water
contracts, mostly for farmers.
“Nearly 25 years later, stories say the lawsuit was all about
“A year ago federal officials trucked 116 spawning salmon to
the upper San Joaquin River in Central California and invited
media to watch them swim free for the first time since a dam
cut off the river’s flow a half century ago.
“The effort to see if gravel riverbeds still could sustain eggs
cost $237,000. A few months later, the offspring died.”
From the California
Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has
released a draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for a
conservation fish hatchery to assist with the restoration of
salmon runs in the San Joaquin River.
“The Bureau of Reclamation today [Sept. 30] released the Final
Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
to fund operations and maintenance of the Interim San Joaquin
Salmon Conservation and Research Facility by the California
Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“The Interim Facility is a pilot-scale hatchery facility
adjacent to the San Joaquin River Fish Hatchery, about one mile
downstream of Friant Dam in the town of Friant in Fresno
County. The U.S.
“From working to restore headwaters through our Meadow
Restoration program, to learning about issues in the Central
Valley and the Bay Delta, and everything in between, I’ve come to
realize that the rivers truly do connect us.”