Sacramento, California - The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment for the San Joaquin River Restoration Program’s (SJRRP) plan to recapture a portion of its Restoration Flows at Patterson and/or Banta-Carbona irrigation districts in 2016. Restoration Flows are intended to maintain fish populations in good condition from below Friant Dam to the confluence of the Merced River.
The project involves recapturing Restoration Flows at the districts’ screened facilities and conveying them to the Delta-Mendota Canal and San Luis Reservoir where they will be made available for recirculation to the Friant Division long-term contractors. The project is consistent with the SJRRP’s Water Management Goal, to reduce or avoid adverse water supply impacts to all Friant Division long-term contractors that may result from Restoration Flows.
The SJRRP’s Restoration Flows and Water Management Goal are part of a settlement between parties, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Friant Water Authority, the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S Department of Commerce.
For information on the SJRRP, please visit www.restoresjr.net.