san joaquin river http://kvpr.org en Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-man-recalls-kayak-trip-kern-county-sf-bay-30-years-later <p>This month CNN journalist John D. Sutter is on a&nbsp;mission to kayak the San Joaquin River from Fresno to San Francisco Bay. We <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco?nopop=1">spoke with him last week</a> on Valley Edition as he seeks to document the stories along what has been called America's most endangered river.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:51:12 +0000 Joe Moore 35040 at http://kvpr.org Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later Valley Edition June 24: Ken Rudin; Kayaking The San Joaquin; 59 Days Of Code http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-24-ken-rudin-kayaking-san-joaquin-59-days-code <p>This week on Valley Edition we take a trip down the San Joaquin River with John D. Sutter of CNN. He's attempting to kayak from Fresno to San Francisco as part of a reporting project on the river that has been called the "most endangered" in the nation.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:55:33 +0000 Joe Moore 34710 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition June 24: Ken Rudin; Kayaking The San Joaquin; 59 Days Of Code CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco <p>Journalist <a href="http://twitter.com/jdsutter">John D. Sutter</a> is on a quest to do something that many valley residents do, kayak on the San Joaquin River. But instead of going for a short trip from Lost Lake Park to Highway 41, he has a much longer journey in mind - <a href="http://cnnuslive.cnn.com/Event/My_trip_down_the_most_endangered_river_in_America">Friant Dam all the way to San Francisco Bay.&nbsp;</a></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Joe Moore 34681 at http://kvpr.org CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers http://kvpr.org/post/lawsuit-filed-over-proposal-delta-water-transfers <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of&nbsp;environmental groups&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Wednesday&nbsp;that it is suing&nbsp;the Bureau of Reclamation over its proposal to send water from northern California to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p><p class="p1">The water transfers would involve pumping over 175,000 acre-feet of water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, home to the endangered delta smelt and other fragile aquatic species.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:06:32 +0000 Kerry Klein 34119 at http://kvpr.org Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers Valley Edition: June 10 - San Joaquin River; Politics With John Ellis; Mento Buru http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-june-10-san-joaquin-river-politics-john-ellis-mento-buru <p>This week on <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/valley-edition">Valley Edition </a>FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero paddles down the San Joaquin River to report on a more than decade long dispute over public access to the river, John Ellis from the Fresno Bee talks political races and Matt Munoz chats about his Spanish-Ska-Reggae&nbsp;style band Mento Buru.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:48:32 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33999 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: June 10 - San Joaquin River; Politics With John Ellis; Mento Buru Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? http://kvpr.org/post/healthy-rivers-will-wealthy-fresnans-block-access-san-joaquin <p><em>This is part of a Valley Public Radio original series on how the health of rivers impact the health of communities produced as a <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/2014/02/18/healthy-rivers-make-healthy-people-healthy-people-build-better-communities">project </a>for <a href="http://www.reportingonhealth.org/event/2014-california-health-journalism-fellowship">The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship</a>, a program of USC's&nbsp;Annenberg&nbsp;School of Journalism.</em></p><p>---</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:38:05 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33959 at http://kvpr.org Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin? Valley Growers At Odds Over Millerton Lake Water http://kvpr.org/post/valley-growers-odds-over-millerton-lake-water <p class="p1">The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced today that for the first in this history of Friant Dam, the oldest water rights holders on the San Joaquin River - the Exchange Contractors &nbsp;- will begin to draw down water from Millerton Lake.</p><p class="p1">The move pits farmers in Merced County against those on the east side of the valley from Fresno to Kern, and underscores the divide between the holders of historic water rights, and those whose supplies came about in the middle of the 20th century.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:29:38 +0000 Joe Moore 32623 at http://kvpr.org Valley Growers At Odds Over Millerton Lake Water Drought Operation Plan For Two Water Projects Released http://kvpr.org/post/drought-operation-plan-two-water-projects-released <div><p>California and federal agencies released a plan Wednesday about how they’ll operate the state and federal water projects during the drought. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the plan does not change water allocations.</p></div><p>The operations plan provides a guideline of how the two water systems will deal with the drought from now until November.&nbsp; It looks at two different scenarios. One assumes much drier conditions than the other. Maria Rea with the National Marine Fisheries Service says under both scenarios winter-run Chinook salmon are at risk.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:24:37 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 31004 at http://kvpr.org Drought Operation Plan For Two Water Projects Released Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-hearing-california-water-visits-fresno <p class="p1">The House Natural Resources Committee took up the issue of water for San Joaquin Valley farmers today before a packed gallery at Fresno City Hall.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Republican-led committee heard testimony from local growers and water managers on both short and long-term responses to California's drought and cuts to agricultural water deliveries south of the Delta.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:08:09 +0000 Joe Moore 29957 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife http://kvpr.org/post/along-pacific-flyway-californias-drought-raises-concerns-wildlife <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The area around Los </span>Banos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn't just a stopover for valley travelers along Highway 152 who are headed for the Central Coast. It's also a vital rest stop for millions of birds from across North America on the Pacific Flyway.</span></p><p>Ric Ortega: "If you come out here, you really don't see it all off of any of the major highways. But here we have something that definitely at least from an ecological perspective is equivalent to Yosemite Valley."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:05:45 +0000 Joe Moore 29731 at http://kvpr.org Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife Westside Growers Will Get To Keep Last Year's Banked Water http://kvpr.org/post/westside-growers-will-get-keep-last-years-banked-water <p class="p1">Westside farmers who banked excess water last year in San Luis Reservoir anticipating a drought won't have to give it up, according to an announcement today from the US Bureau of Reclamation.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The farmers had faced the threat of losing that water to other farmers who hold senior water rights, such as the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Bureau was facing political bipartisan political pressure against reallocating the water. But the move could leave the door open to lawsuits.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:43:01 +0000 Joe Moore 27855 at http://kvpr.org Westside Growers Will Get To Keep Last Year's Banked Water Patterson Calls For Halt To San Joaquin River Restoration Releases http://kvpr.org/post/patterson-calls-halt-san-joaquin-river-restoration-releases <p>Citing a historically dry 2013, Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) is calling for the federal government to stop water releases from Friant Dam for the San Joaquin River Restoration program.</p><p>Since 2009 the restoration program has released water into the river on an interim basis in an effort to bring back salmon populations to a stretch of the channel that has been dry for decades. The restoration agreement calls for those flows to become permanent in 2014.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 01:47:09 +0000 Joe Moore 26918 at http://kvpr.org Patterson Calls For Halt To San Joaquin River Restoration Releases San Joaquin River Restoration Hits Snags http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-river-restoration-hits-snags <div><p>It’s been almost eight years since the US Bureau of Reclamation began its program to restore the San Joaquin River. In the 1940’s Friant Dam and irrigation diversion dried up 60 miles of California’s second largest river. Historic salmon runs disappeared. This January is the deadline for the program to restore enough water to the San Joaquin to eventually allow runs of Chinook salmon. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the restoration program has been plagued by delays and increased costs.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:06:57 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 26520 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin River Restoration Hits Snags That Sinking Feeling: Valley Land Subsidence Poses Problems for Water, High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/sinking-feeling-valley-land-subsidence-poses-problems-water-high-speed-rail <div><p>The U.S. Geological Survey released a study today showing that large groundwater withdrawals are causing land in California’s Central Valley to sink. A 1,200 square mile area is sinking up to a foot a year in some places. The situation has become so serious that it’s threatening flood control and water deliveries. The proposed high speed rail system will also have deal with the changing terrain. But Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, finding a solution won’t be easy.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 02:29:56 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 24868 at http://kvpr.org That Sinking Feeling: Valley Land Subsidence Poses Problems for Water, High Speed Rail San Joaquin River Restoration Brings Spawning Salmon Back to Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-river-restoration-brings-spawning-salmon-back-fresno <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California is on course for what could be its driest year on record.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those were the sobering words from scientists with the National Weather Service in <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-on-course-for-driest-year-on-record-4971192.php">Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle.</a> And after two dry years, the relative lack of rain and snow is putting a great strain on the state's precious water resources.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:33:55 +0000 Joe Moore 24392 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin River Restoration Brings Spawning Salmon Back to Fresno California Water Series Part 5: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution for the Future? http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-5-bay-delta-conservation-plan-solution-future <p>Supporters say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one of the most ambitious habitat restoration programs California has ever attempted. But its proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has also become one of the most controversial.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23117 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 5: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution for the Future? California Water Series Part 4: The Delta - A Place Called Home http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-4-delta-place-called-home <p>The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.</p><p>Before I set out to do this story, I&rsquo;d only been to the Delta a few times. And when I had, it was just a scenic drive from Sacramento down Highway 160, which parallels the Sacramento River. Turns out, that&rsquo;s not the ideal way to get to know the Delta.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23114 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 4: The Delta - A Place Called Home California Water Series Part 3: Food, Farms and Delta Water http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-3-food-farms-and-delta-water <p>California is the nation&rsquo;s largest agricultural state. It would not be possible without water from the Delta. Farmers say the water is their lifeblood, but it&rsquo;s been cut back year after year.</p><p>California&#39;s farms and ranches generated nearly $45 billion in revenue last year. Without water exported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to arid Central Valley land, much of the produce we get in restaurants and grocery stores wouldn&#39;t come from California.</p><p>At Magpie Cafe in Sacramento, co-owner and Chef Ed Roehr sits down just as the lunch crowd is thinning.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:44:32 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23051 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 3: Food, Farms and Delta Water Two New Water Bond Alternatives Draw Lawmakers' Scrutiny http://kvpr.org/post/two-new-water-bond-alternatives-draw-lawmakers-scrutiny <p>California lawmakers are taking a closer look at two new water bond proposals that would replace the measure currently set for next November’s ballot.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on Tuesday’s committee hearing at the Capitol.</p><p>One of the two alternative water bond proposals comes from Senator Lois Wolk and focuses on restoring the area she represents: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:52:31 +0000 Ben Adler - Captial Public Radio 22100 at http://kvpr.org Two New Water Bond Alternatives Draw Lawmakers' Scrutiny Changes Announced for California Bay Delta Conservation Plan http://kvpr.org/post/changes-announced-california-bay-delta-conservation-plan <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The California Department of Water Resources is changing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. It includes two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the changes do not satisfy environmentalists or people that live in the Delta.</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:02:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 20113 at http://kvpr.org Changes Announced for California Bay Delta Conservation Plan