Join this tour as we snake along the San Joaquin River to learn firsthand about one of the nation’s largest and most expensive river restoration plans.
The San Joaquin River was the focus of one of the most contentious legal battles in California water history, ending in a 2006 settlement between the federal government, Friant Water Users Authority and a coalition of environmental groups.
Under the now $1.2 billion plan, efforts are aimed at restoring flows to a 60-mile, mostly dry stretch of the San Joaquin River to revive Chinook salmon runs while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts to farmers.
The 2-day, 1-night tour travels along the river from Friant Dam near Fresno to the confluence of the Merced River. As it weaves across an historic farming region, participants learn about the status of the river’s restoration and how the challenges of the plan are being worked out.