Salmonid Restoration Federation
Restoring Watersheds and Rebuilding Salmon Runs
29 March - 1 April, 2017
Davis, California

Reviving the San Joaquin River from Tributaries to the Delta

April 01, 2017
1:15pm - 5:00pm
Session Coordinator:


A large-scale restoration project focused on reviving one of California's largest rivers, the San Joaquin River, is currently underway. A legal settlement established a Restoration Goal and a Water Management Goal that drives the multi-agency efforts of channel modification, restoration hydrograph development, and reintroduction of Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha. The Restoration Area, which begins at Friant Dam and continues downstream to the confluence of the Merced River, is approximately 153 miles long and historically maintained one of the largest spring-run Chinook salmon populations in California, with annual escapement ranging from 200,000 to 500,000 adult returns. However, completion of Friant Dam and subsequent diversions resulted in blocking salmon from portions of historic spawning and rearing reaches and ultimately dewatering large sections of the lower river. Extirpation of Chinook salmon occurred over 60 years ago with the last documented run of spring-run Chinook salmon consisting of 36 individuals in 1950. Restoration of the remaining anadromous portion of the river is a complex process involving implementing agencies, cooperating agencies, settling parties, a technical advisory committee and local stakeholders. The goal of this session is to focus on the restoration program accomplishments to date, involving: spring and fall-run Chinook salmon introduction; model development; structural river channel improvements to allow for full restoration flow releases; and planning for large-scale fish passage and channel improvements.

Revised Draft Substitute Environmental Document for Flow Objectives on the Lower San Joaquin River and How It Benefits Fish
Daniel Worth, State Water Resources Control Board

Managing Precocious Maturation in Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Captive Broodstock
Paul Adelizi, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Spawning Behavior and Habitat selection of Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) within the San Joaquin River, California
Andy J. Shriver, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Removing Dennett Dam to Restore the Tuolumne River Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health
Colin Hanley, P.E., FlowWest, and Patrick Koepele, Tuolumne River Trust

Restoration and Salmon Reintroduction in the Southern San Joaquin Basin: Exploring the Regulatory Framework
Jeff Abrams, NMFS, San Joaquin River Branch