Promoting a collective stewardship that sustains the economic, environmental, and recreational benefits of a healthy San Joaquin River, including adequate flows, habitat, and native fisheries.

Nunes proposes HR 1837, Say Bye to Our River and Our Water!

Congressman Devin Nunes is at it again, using the San Joaquin River Restoration program as a bargaining chip to divert more State water away from our Delta and rivers and into the hands of Westlands water district and others who can economically benefit from surplus water sales.

Revive the San Joaquin Wins Court Battle!

With our legal partners the Dumna Tribal Council and Madera Oversight Coalition, Revive the San Joaquin just got word that we won our lawsuit against the poorly planned Tesoro Viejo Development along the river in Madera County. This State Appellate Court decision will reverse County approvals for a master planned community of 15,000 residents that would have dumped wastewater to the river, paved over impo

Solo Kayak Trip Report: Waters High, River Closed!

I set out on 4.19.11 for a three or four day solo trip with the Merced River confluence as the ultimate destination.

Appropriation Bill HR 1 holds Anti-Environmental Riders

Attend the Congressional Hearing on Water and

Press Conference April 11, 2011 at the Fresno City Hall

Friant Ranch development proposal threatens salmon recovery


The Event:  Friant Ranch Hearing at Fresno County Board of Supervisors meeting February 1st, 2011, Room 301 of Hall of Records, northwest corner of Tulare and M St. downtown.  Press conference Friday January 28th at 10:00am at Lost Lake Park hosted by Friends of Lost Lake.


The Issue:  Friant Ranch is an unsustainable community designed without adequate transportation or municipal infrastructure to support the proposal.  Wastewater will be discharged to the San Joaquin River threatening salmon recovery, farmland will be lost, air pollution will increase, and the taxpayers will be stuck with the bill.   


The Solution:  Write a letter or come out to the hearing to show opposition to this poorly planned leapfrog development project.  Also, we need your support for a Press Conference on Friday, stand up and be counted.  Stop sprawl and show your support for the San Joaquin River.


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The Background:


Don’t let the recession fool you, the land rush is on! A handful of developers in Fresno and Madera Counties have been given the green light to create what will be the fourth largest urban area in the San Joaquin Valley.  The plans call for a set of twin cities facing each other on each side of the river in a remote area 20 miles outside of the urban cores of Fresno and Madera.  Call it Rio Mesa, New Town Millerton, or the newly expanded community of Friant, for lack of a more official name. Right now these proposed urban growth areas are uninhabited rolling hills and ranchlands.  On the bluffs overlooking the San Joaquin River, the grazing cattle actually maintain the vernal pools here which provide habitat for more threatened and endangered plant and animal species than anywhere else in Fresno County.  This land, alive with natural resources, may soon be lost.


Friant Ranch is the newest project proposal in Fresno County which plans to expand the community of Friant ten-fold, adding a 6,000 resident active retirement community plan. 

The owner, Madera County Supervisor Mike Bigelow, has decided that this land would be better off urbanized, but local advocates are saying NO!  Fresno County has failed to plan for urbanization within the Friant-Millerton Region as outlined in the General Plan leaving transportation, water supply, and recreational planning behind, and our public resources at risk.  The lack of planning further complicates our ability to comply with new Greenhouse Gas reduction targets and may put our County transportation funds in jeopardy due to the project’s incompatibility with local air pollution and transportation plans. 


Friant Ranch, if approved, will build a large sewage treatment plant on the San Joaquin River Floodplain adjacent to Lost Lake Park.  Wastewater will be discharged into the river or applied as irrigation to landscaping and to Lost Lake Park, degrading habitats that support fish and wildlife.  Even though waste is treated, pharmaceuticals and other dangerous chemicals remain that may affect spawning salmon and their recovery under the San Joaquin River Restoration Program.  We must encourage protection of our river and its water quality for the sake of clean drinking water, sustainable farming, and recreation. Would you let your children swim below a waste discharge pipe?


County decision-makers are ushering this project through in hopes of new revenues for an ailing County budget. However, they need to realize that the costs of poorly situated developments, unsustainable water supply schemes, and unmitigated environmental impacts will cost the County more than we can afford in the long-term.  Has history taught us anything?  These same dramas are being played out with developments across the County as communities like Mendota, Quail Lakes, Appaloosa Acres, and other struggle to pay the costs of bad planning.  Friant Ranch is the wrong project, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. 


San Joaquin River Faire recap

Click on this image below to watch a video from the event.This was a great event thanks to all the volunteers, partners

, and sponsors who helped make it happen.

Restore wild salmon, Eat wild salmon!

What is behind Greenpeace’s “Oh-no-Costco” campaign and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program’s recent decision to avoid California and Oregon caught salmon.  Read our blog on buying salmon to learn more….


Go Wild! Vote with your fork!  I recently bought several pounds of Alaskan wild salmon at Costco for about $7.00 a pound, the same price or cheaper than farmed salmon in other local supermarkets.  What a deal, I was giddy at the thought of the cheap and compassionate salmon purchase. We cooked it, we smoked it, we shared it, and we ate it for weeks. I felt good about the purchase because I advocate eating wild salmon, as opposed to the farmed salmon we

Revive the San Joaquin You Tube Site

Not in the mood to read, sit back and enjoy our many entertaining YouTube video favorites.

River Journal from the Lower San Joaquin River

Revive the San Joaquin Board member Sean Walker and myself set out on Sunday evening for two days of paddling on the Lower San Joaquin River. Walt Shubin, another Revive Board member, joined us on Tuesday morning as we moved downriver ultimately meeting up with a group of canoes from the Tuolumne River Trust as part of their Paddle to the Sea event at the confluence of the Tuolumne River. Special thanks to Sean's brother Mikey for shuttling both cars upstream, a four-hour journey as we couldn't leave our boats unattended. Next time we will try to get both boats on one car and find better, safer overnight parking at the takeout.

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