The Science of Sustainability

Restoration of the San Joaquin River

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Flowing 330 miles from the Sierras to the delta, the San Joaquin River is California's second longest river. It once boasted one of the state's great salmon runs. But since the construction of Friant Dam near Fresno in the 1940s, most of the San Joaquin's water has been siphoned off to farmland in the Central Valley. Now, after years of lawsuits, a new effort to restore the river is offering hope that fish and farmers can co-exist.

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Category: Biology, Environment, Television, Water

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Jon Fromer

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Jon Fromer has been producing compelling television since 1970. He started out at KRON-TV when it was the Bay Area NBC affiliate and worked there for 23 years. He’s been with KQED for the past 16 years. Jon’s work has a human touch that has earned him high ratings from viewers as well from his peers in the broadcast industry. He’s received honors for a wide range of work, from documentaries and news programs to youth series and cultural specials. A partial list of awards for Jon’s work includes a dozen Northern California EMMYs and one national EMMY as well as two Iris Awards from the National Assoc. of Television Program Executives and two Broadcast Industry Awards. His long running, hip hop based/issue oriented series for teenagers, “Home Turf,” was a 4-time winner at the American Children’s Television Festival. Jon is also an award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist.
  • CBASS

    Great video

  • Fresno

    Roll on mighty San Joaquin River. Tear down friant dam.

  • Ktk

    why are the salmon blocked from swimming up the merced river so that they would have to swim up the san joaquin river only? it may be beneficial for re-establishing salmon on the sj river, yet sacrifices the natural flora/fauna of the merced. it would appear that the merced is being harmed. i lived on the merced for 15 yrs. it was heartbreaking to see the nets up, diverting the salmon away from their true destination.