Bureau of Reclamation and DWR Issue Decision Documents for San Joaquin River Restoration Program

San Joaquin River

The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have signed decision documents that select the preferred alternative from the final Environmental Impact Report for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.

The preferred alternative, C1, includes the use of the river channel and bypass system to convey restoration flows. It allows for recapture of these flows at existing facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and in the San Joaquin River upstream of the Delta at existing facilities or at new facilities that may be built.

The final environmental documents describe the impacts of implementing the settlement in NRDC, et al., v. Kirk Rodgers, et al. that resolved more than 18 years of litigation related to Reclamation’s operation of Friant Dam and established the SJRRP. Reclamation and DWR released a joint statement that said Alternative C1 “provides the greatest flexibility in implementing the Settlement and the greatest opportunity to fulfill the purpose and need of the SJRRP.”

The SJRRP is a comprehensive, long-term effort to restore flows to the San Joaquin River from Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River, restoring a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts.

The decision documents are available on the SJRRP website at www.restoresir.netand at the Reclamation’s website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=2940.

For additional information contact Michelle Banonis at the Bureau of Reclamation mbanonis@usbr.gov  or Karen Dulik at DWR at kdulik@water.ca.gov.