Final Environmental Documents Released for San Joaquin River Restoration

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Water Resources (DWR) have prepared the Final Program Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final PEIS/R) for the San Joaquin River RestorationProgram (SJRRP).

The joint document describes the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of implementing the Settlement in NRDC, et al., v. Rodgers, et al., that resolved more than 18 years of litigation related to Reclamation’s operation of Friant Dam and established the SJRRP. The Final PEIS/R identifies Alternative C1 from the Draft PEIS/R as the preferred alternative. Alternative C1 includes the use of the river channel and bypass system to convey restoration flows and allows for recapture of these flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta at existing facilities upstream of the Delta and at new facilities that may be constructed in the future. The SJRRP is being implemented by Reclamation, DWR, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the California Department of Fish and Game.

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 (153 miles), restoring a self-sustaining Chinook salmon fishery in the river while reducing or avoiding adverse water supply impacts from the release of restoration flows.

The document can be read here.