The SJRRP is a direct result of a Settlement reached in
September 2006 on an 18-year lawsuit to provide sufficient
fish habitat in the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam
near Fresno, California, by the U.S. Departments of the
Interior and Commerce, the Natural Resources Defense Council
(NRDC), and the Friant Water Users Authority (FWUA). The
Settlement received Federal court approval in October 2006.
Federal legislation was passed in March 2009 authorizing Federal agencies to implement the Settlement (see Legislation and Funding).
Two Settlement Goals
The Settlement is based on two goals:
Restoration: To restore and maintain fish populations in "good
condition" in the main stem of the San Joaquin River
below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River,
including naturally reproducing and self-sustaining populations
of salmon and other fish.
Water Management: To reduce or avoid adverse water supply
impacts to all of the Friant Division long-term contractors
that may result from the Interim Flows and Restoration
Flows provided for in the Settlement.
To learn more about the program’s background and history,