Standing on the banks of the San Joaquin River earlier this week, I saw something I’ve waited over a decade to witness - a Chinook salmon gliding through the river’s clear water. For the first time in over 62 years,...continued→
Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, San Joaquin River Project Manager, San Francisco
For over 17 years, I have worked to restore rivers- from the riparian forests along the Sacramento and Big Sur rivers to my biggest challenge - returning flows and salmon to the San Joaquin. For nine years, I have worked at NRDC on the San Joaquin Project while also working on policy issues related to floodplain management as well as the effects of climate change on water resources. Not surprisingly, when not working, I often spend time kayaking rivers or surfing.
The Regional Director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Donald Glaser, today signed the San Joaquin River Restoration Program Record of Decision (ROD), completing a major five-year environmental planning and permitting effort, and signaling a new milestone in the restoration of...continued→
On June 29th, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board adopted the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan – a plan created by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) over the past five years as required by legislation passed in 2007. The...continued→
Last year marked the fifth year of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program and the two year anniversary of renewed river flows - the first since the 1940s when the operation of Friant Dam dried up the river and...continued→
Building Rivers Blog Series A New Era of California Water Solutions Santa Monica and Other Cities Increase Water Self-Reliance The Yolo Bypass - Hiding in Plain Sight A Million Toilets Can't Be Wrong This post is part of an...continued→
At a time when management of the Colorado River Basin water supply is facing unprecedented challenges due to over allocation and climate change, energy companies are proposing to move forward with oil shale development - a water intensive, inefficient source...continued→
At a time when water resource conflicts are common throughout the West, the San Joaquin River Restoration Program is a rare example of farmers, water districts, state and federal agencies and environmentalists working together to implement real solutions to problems...continued→
With millions acres of land already flooded in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi -- and Louisiana still bracing for the worst -- this flood will surely be remembered by many as the Great Flood of 2011. ...continued→
The House Continuing Resolution (CR) released on February 11 contains dangerous and misguided provisions that gut protections for the environment, undermine public health programs and hurt the economy. A perfect example of the wrong-headed thinking in this legislation is the...continued→
Something unexpected lies buried in the conflict over our collapsing salmon fisheries and water exports: a solution. Some parties in this dispute have presented it as a zero sum game, claiming it’s a matter of “jobs vs. fish.” This is...continued→
On March 12th, the San Joaquin River was reconnected to the Bay-Delta and the Pacific Ocean for the first time in 60 years using natural river flows. Part of the San Joaquin River Settlement in 2006, the flows being released...continued→
This week, flow releases out of Friant Dam resumed as part of the effort to restore the San Joaquin River that resulted from the historic settlement agreement between NRDC, the Friant Water Users Authority and the federal government. Last fall,...continued→
When President Obama signed into law the Omnibus Public Lands Bill yesterday many wonderful things happened, not the least of which was legislation completing a settlement that ended one of the West's longest water battles. The San Joaquin River Restoration...continued→
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