San Joaquin Salmon

For the first time in over six decades, salmon are returning to California’s San Joaquin River. Beginning in the 1980s with legislative actions to restore flows in the river below Fresno’s Friant Dam, a settlement was at last achieved in 2006 between farmers, environmentalists and the federal government, and the San Joaquin River Restoration Program was born. With a goal to “restore flows and healthy runs of spring and fall run Chinook salmon while also providing opportunities to improve water supply management, ” the restoration program is well on its way.

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