Thursday, December 13, 2018

State Water Board Requires Minimum Flows for the San Joaquin River

In a decision years in the making, the State Water Board adopted an updated plan for the San Joaquin River and it’s tributaries. The historic plan requires a standard flow of 40 percent, which will help fish habitat in the rivers and aid in restoring the Bay Delta. The State has been facing crashing Salmon populations and declining health in the Bay Delta estuary. An alternative plan was put forward by two of the State’s environmental agencies in an attempt to hold off on the minimum flow requirement. The Water Board adopted the plan, but made allowances for voluntary agreements with water users. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.