SAN JOAQUIN RIVER RESTORATION PROGRAM
Salmon Facility Funding Has No Impact, USBR Says
Continued funding of a recently developed interim San Joaquin River salmon facility under the San Joaquin River Restoration Program would have no significant environmental impact, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says.
The existing Salmon Conservation and Research Facility is the Restoration Program’s primary captive rearing facility.
It is a pilot-scale hatchery facility adjacent to the San Joaquin River Fish Hatchery, a mile downstream of Friant Dam.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is coordinating with the National Marine Fisheries Service for enhancement of species permits to begin establishing a spring-run population to be reintroduced into the San Joaquin River under the Restoration Program.
Operations and maintenance will include development and maintenance of a genetically diverse brood stock of spring-run Chinook salmon, and potentially fall run Chinook salmon.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is operating the interim facility. A full-scale conservation facility is being planned.