Latest Friant Dam Stories

2011-03-22 09:51:00

NOVATO, Calif., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Spotlighting the San Joaquin River for World Water Day, The Bay Institute will host a special event at Aquarium of the Bay on Tuesday, March 22. Leaders from The Bay Institute will be joined by Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Take Me to the River authors Coke & Joell Hallowell for discussions of restoration work on the San Joaquin River, as well as its importance to the entire Bay-Delta ecosystem and the individuals and communities that rely...

2010-03-30 07:43:00

NOVATO, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- One year after President Obama signed landmark legislation to implement the restoration of the dewatered San Joaquin River, releases from Friant Dam have now reconnected the river - where significant stretches are dry in most years - to San Francisco Bay. The river flows, which began on February 1, 2010 and reached the lower river and the Bay-Delta earlier this month, were the second series of interim releases made pursuant to the 2006 restoration...

2009-04-07 08:46:43

California's two lengthiest rivers have been labeled the United States' most endangered watercourses from archaic water supervision and subpar flood preparation, states an environmental advocacy group. American Rivers chose the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers as their end might jeopardize the water supply of 25 million Californians, flood Sacramento, and spoil the fragile freshwater delta where the two rivers meet. "The health of the delta depends directly on maintaining the health of...

2007-02-19 12:00:23

By Russell Clemings, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Feb. 19--Major development projects in Madera County's Rio Mesa area are nearing milestones with the county Board of Supervisors expected to cast votes on the fates of several within the next year. The surge of activity comes 12 years after the county first approved conceptual plans for the area, where some 28,000 homes and 100,000 new residents ultimately are expected to line the northern bank of the San Joaquin River. Madera County...

2005-09-18 11:25:29

ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS, Calif. -- It begins as fresh snowmelt, streaming from Mount Ritter's gray granite faces into Thousand Island Lake, a bouldered mirror. The clear blue water spills out through a narrow canyon, and the San Joaquin River is born. When conservationist and mountaineer John Muir first explored these upper reaches, the narrow gorge barely contained the power of the living river, which carried the continent's southernmost salmon run, sustained Indian tribes and set the rhythm...

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