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Liddell Property Native Plant Nursery and Habitat Restoration Project

Revive the San Joaquin has signed a license agreement with the San Joaquin River Conservancy to operate a native plant nursery and begin a habitat restoration project on a parcel of land that was previously used for gravel mining and operated as a Koi Fish Farm. Some areas of the site have rerecovered from their disturbed state with new native plant regrowth and created excellent wildlife habitat. Other portions of the property are barren and contain no native species whatsoever.

Temperance Flat Dam Public Meeting and Environmental Documents

The Temperance Flat Dam proposal has re-emerged from a long sleep and is now chugging forward out of 
pure political might. This will be the tallest dam built in California, but will only catch the smallest amount of 
waterWater-hungry agribusiness and politicians are promoting the proposal as a way to create new water 
supplies, but look into the project details and see why this may be the worst possible infrastructure scenario 
to satisfy our changing water needs. The result of a dam at Temperance Flat could mean less water, large 
taxpayer subsidies, and even larger profits for its private development partners. Read on to learn more, 
and join us October 16th at the Piccadilly Inn to voice your concern to the Bureau of Reclamation who is 
spearheading this proposal. 

Stop The Temperance Flat Dam And Help Save The San Joaquin River Gorge!


Please plan on attending public hearings during the week of October 13 to speak out against the Temperance Flat Dam and support Wild & Scenic River protection for the San Joaquin River Gorge. The meetings are:


Sacramento: Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1-3PM, 2800 Cottage Way, Rooms 1001-1002. 

Fresno: Thursday, Oct. 16, 6-8PM, Piccadilly Inn, 2305 W. Shaw Avenue.

If you are from outside of Fresno, Friends of the River is working to coordinate car pools to the hearings. Please call Lily Amodio at (916) 764-2390 or email her at if you are interested in carpooling, particularly to the Fresno hearing.

Climate Change Data is In! Geos Institute releases study for Southern Sierra

The GEOS Institute issued a DWR funded report “Future Climate, Hydrology, Vegetation, and Wildfire Projections for the Southern Sierra Nevada, California” in May 2014. This was the first information I have seen integrating global and local models into basic climate change data for our watersheds in the San Joaquin Valley. The data provided is significant to all Californians and should be reviewed and understood by water managers throughout the State. Planning today can help us to identify our vulnerabilities and strategies for adaptation to the changes that are already occurring. The term “Irreversible Climate Change” identifies that there are positive feedbacks in our climate system that kick in to such an extent that emission reductions are no longer effective.

The early data released in this report is shocking! Using widely accepted climate models, and integrating these projections with local hydrology data, we begin to see a range of possible or likely changes in our hydrologic system. The report emphasized how dominant evapotranspiration rates were to the potential for hydrologic change (changes in precipitation do not translate directly to changes in water supply). The following represent some standout data released under the ‘business as usual’ climate projections for Southern Sierra:

  • Changes to Sierra Nevada hydrology are already occurring (15.8% declines in snow water equivalents, increased wildfires, 16% increase in frequency and intensity of very heavy precipitation, spring runoff occurring 1 to 3 weeks earlier)
  • Increase in average annual temperature of up to 4.1 degrees Celsius by 2099 (up to 11 degrees Fahrenheit in Summer months)
  • An average of 75% reduced runoff in Summer months (May through September, and reaching up to 95%-97% reduction in late summer)
  • Broad agreement in models of 82% - 86% reduction in annual average snowpack

The report emphasized that the resource models we use today can no longer rely on historic data anticipate future conditions. We

Cost of governor’s twin tunnels plan disputed

May 29, 2013 9:00pm


•  Independent economist questions Brown’s numbers

Salmon Back in the Upper San Joaquin River After 62 Years


Chinook salmon capture and release into spawning grounds below Friant Dam 

Tesoro Viejo Planning Commission Hearing October 2nd - Please come and show support!


Madera County Planning Commission Hearing for Tesoro Viejo Round 2


The Madera County Planning Commission will take up the Tesoro Viejo Specific Plan proposal at its meeting next Tuesday evening, October 2.
This huge project will take out of production 1500 acres of orchards, vineyards, row crops and grazing land, and will spew more air pollution into this filthy air basin than any development project in history. Its traffic impacts will have Highway 41 literally at gridlock. And, of course, the developers have not (we think cannot) show they have water for the 5200  homes and 3 million square feet of commercial development they have planned. (See attached for more detail.)

 TIME: 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2012
PLACE: Madera County Resource Management Agency
2037 West Cleveland Avenue, Madera, California 

Over Troubled Water Premiere in Fresno



Fresno branch of Women's International League For Peace & Freedom, in collaboration with Restore the Delta, Revive the San Joaquin, and the Sustainable Action Club of Fresno City College, will sponsor the showing of a new documentary, Over Troubled Waters, October 4, 7 PM in the auditorium of the Old Administration building at Fresno City College. The screening is free; to register go to With the possibility of the building of peripheral tunnels carrying irrigation water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, at a cost to the taxpayer of about 30 billion dollars, the Delta, the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas, will be devastated. 

12 Northern California Lawmakers Call on Obama to delay Peripheral Canal Plans

Revive the San Joaquin and 36 other concerned organizations signed a letter recently to Secretary Salazaar of the Department of the Interior urging a second look at the upcoming ‘imminent’ decision to approve the Peripheral Canal as a part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  This proposed tunnel below the Delta would have the capacity to divert ALL the Sacramento River’s runoff to destinations south of the Delta.  

EPA Awards Over $59,000 to Revive the San Joaquin River in Fresno


Revive the San Joaquin has received an EPA grant for over $59,000 to be used to develop a Citizen’s Water Watch program that tracks water quality along the San Joaquin River. The program will initiate a water quality monitoring and pollution prevention education program for the Fresno area. It will develop regular water quality monitoring events at locations on the San Joaquin River and educate landowners and the public about water quality impacts of contaminated stormwater.


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