Restore the Flow of Fresh Water to the San Joaquin River: save our salmon and our San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary
  • Petitioning California State Water Resources Control Board

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California State Water Resources Control Board

Restore the Flow of Fresh Water to the San Joaquin River: save our salmon and our San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary

    1. Petition by

      The SalmonAID Coalition

California's unique San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary – including the rivers that feed it and the species that depend on it – is in a state of crisis because too much of its water is diverted. Incredibly, most water diverters in the Bay’s watershed are not required to allow water to flow to the Bay to protect water quality, or the fish and wildlife species and natural environments that make this ecosystem so unique. Many water users do not use water nearly as efficiently or wisely as they should.  As a result, Central California's once abundant salmon runs and other fishes are in imminent danger of extinction, and the Bay-Delta estuary ecosystem that supports these and other economically critical species is collapsing. 

This fall and early next year, the California State Water Resources Control Board will decide whether to require that more water make it from the San Joaquin River basin into the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Currently, two-thirds of the San Joaquin’s water is diverted upstream of the Delta, on average – in some years close to 90% of this river’s water is diverted upstream. Increasing flows from the San Joaquin River to the Bay-Delta estuary is a critical first step towards restoring the balance between the needs of California’s fish and wildlife, the many businesses that depend on healthy fisheries and rivers, and the other uses of water.  

Based on the best available science, the State Water Board’s own findings show that 60% of the San Joaquin River basin's natural flow in the winter and spring is needed to fully restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary and the fish populations of the San Joaquin River and its tributaries. But, those who divert most of this river's water, including wealthy industrial agriculture interests, are lobbying to maintain the unacceptable status quo – or worse!  

Now is the time to remind the Board to do what its own science shows is needed to restore the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary.

Recent signatures


    1. Record nut crops jeopardize San Joaquin River water resources

      Thanks so much to the 1200 of you who have already signed our petition to restore the San Joaquin River!!

      This item in today's news reminds us why the San Joaquin is America's most endangered river -- all of its water is diverted (more than once) to grow nuts (and cotton and some fruit) that are mostly exported. Wealthy agribusinesses get wealthier, while the river and its salmon are devastated. That's well... NUTS!

      Please share our petition with your friends. With your help, we CAN and WILL restore California's 2nd largest river and her salmon runs (and there will still be plenty of water for farms that use the water wisely.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. CNN reports on restoring the San Joaquin River!

      This morning, @CNN Opinion reporter John Sutter released his report on the San Joaquin River, which was based on his three week trip along its entire length. It's an amazing and informative adventure travelogue and ends with a heartfelt plea to restore the San Joaquin and its salmon so we can restore ourselves.
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    4. Reached 5 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jeffrey Haring IOWA CITY, IA
      • about 22 hours ago

      This is too critical of a resource to ignore letting go dry, it means too much to our food supply. Please put your brains together and figure something out.

    • Matthew Fraser BROOKINGS, OR
      • 4 days ago

      I'm signing this because I am a commercial fishermen and I rely on salmon fishing to make a portion of my income and we need to keep fishing. I am a third generation commercial fishermen. I started real young and I'm now 17 and run a 26 foot troller

    • Michele Schroeder REDDING, CA
      • 4 days ago

      The point of dams is to try to save more water, but you can't make more when there's no more coming from the sky. More effort has to be encouraged (specially by large corporate farms) to conserve water, use smarter more environmentally savvy ways of farming. The Salmon need to be returned to any of our rivers that have even the slightest chance of living again, they are an essential link to the food chain and biologically proven to provide live giving nutrients to water used for irrigating crops.

    • George Bradshaw CRESCENT CITY, CA
      • 4 days ago

      Because the fish deserve the water to advert a huge disaster

    • Elizabeth McMaster ASTORIA, OR
      • 4 days ago

      It is important because our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams all need to be allowed to stay healthy and maintain the life and livelihoods that depend on them. The fish were here first....Before the almond trees.


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