The San Joaquin River Restoration Program is a multi-agency effort that is aimed at both restoring self-sustaining salmon populations in the San Joaquin River and mitigating potential impacts that could result from changes on those who rely on San Joaquin River water. The original settlement in 2006 that led to the creation and authorization for the SJRRP came after 18 years of litigation between environmental interests, federal agencies, and water users.
The Exchange Contractors were not a part of that original litigation or settlement, however we volunteered to join in 2007 as a partner to help achieve the important environmental goals in the program. Ultimately, we hope to restore the river to a state in which native fish populations can thrive and natural environments are supported.
We collaborate on the planning, design, and implementation of changes that will be required to implement the SJRRP. This includes helping to implement a control structure and fish screen at Mendota Pool, as well as a fish screen and fish passage project at Arroyo Canal. Once the numerous projects are complete, flood plain habitats and passages will allow fish to survive, grow, and make it to the delta.
While some progress has been made, most notably with spring-run salmon being reintroduced via trapping and hauling, the program has faced multiple delays and increasing budget projections. The Exchange Contractors are eager to continue working with the numerous partners involved to achieve the long-desired goals outlined in the original settlement and create a more sustainable, reliable, and environmentally friendly water network.
You can find more information on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program at the official website.