San Joaquin River Comes Back to Life

TU's Rene Henery (L) with TU California Council chairman-elect John Sikora, at the 2013 Fresno SalmonFest.


By Sam Davidson

Recently, TU's California Science Director, Rene Henery, scribed a strong editorial in the Fresno Bee on our work to restore the San Joaquin River in California's Central Valley and its legendary spring run of Chinook salmon.

Rene points out that Nature's regenerative powers provide a powerful "cost-share" for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, which aims to bring back the state's second longest river and its anadromous fisheries as well as provide more certainty in water supply for farmers and communities in the region.

Rene's piece tiers to a cool event -- the first annual Fresno SalmonFest on November 9 -- organized by TU's San Joaquin Valley Outreach Coordinator Steve Thao.

Here's a link to Rene's editorial:



said on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

What a great Op-Ed. I love TU's optimism and excitement for restoring troubled streams. It's really easy to talk about how the fishing isn't what it used to be, but it's an entirely different can of worms to actually try and do something about it. Keep up the great work!

said on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

This is a great vision to restoration in an area where it was once thought intractible.  This could definitely be a potential model for other basins across the west. 


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