Yosemite Area Audubon is joining with California Audubon and many other friends and supporters of the San Joaquin River.
Why We’re for the River
The San Joaquin River belongs to everyone in the Valley. We’re speaking up for it, and we’d like you to join us. Here are just a few reasons that We’re for the River.
For thousands of years, so many of the good things in this valley have come from the San Joaquin River – our history, our sense of community, our connection to nature, our economy. The San Joaquin River is the soul of the Valley.
Our communities were built around this great River, and our future generations should enjoy that same connection to its waters that our grandparents had.
This is why we support the San Joaquin River Restoration Project, which will provide water for nature and wildlife to thrive.
For more than a century, dozens of communities along the San Joaquin River have been depending on it for swimming, fishing and other recreation, as well as educational opportunities for children. A healthy river supports vibrant communities in the San Joaquin Valley.
Drinking Water for Millions of Californians
The San Joaquin River flows north into the Bay-Delta, which provides water to the homes of 22 million Californians. Communities around the state, from the Bay Area to Southern California, depend on the Delta for their drinking water.
Key to a Natural Ecosystem
As one of the two main tributariees to the Bay-Delta Estuary, the waters of the San Joaquin River give life to the largest estuarine ecosystem on the west coast of North America. Not only does the River provide waters for endangered fish, but also important riverside habitat for birds, fish and mammals.
Water for Farms
Water from the San Joaquin River provides about 13% of the regional water supply that irrigates more than three million acres of cotton, grapes, orchards, alfalfa and other crops in the southern San Joaquin Valley, contributing to the area’s multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry.
Jobs for the Valley
Tens of thousands of jobs are supported by the River, not just in agriculture, but also in recreation and fishing.
Visit the I’m for the River website for additional information about the San Joaquin River restoration.
For in-depth details about the San Joaquin River Restoration project, visit the San Joaquin River Restoration Program website
Some of the other partners in the river restoration are:
San Joaquin River Partnership web site
Revive the San Joaquin website
San Joaquin River Partnership and Conservation Trust website
RiverTree Volunteers – a volunteer group devoted to the maintenance of the San Joaquin River.
SF Chronicle article: San Joaquin River flow restored to Pacific
Addresses of California’s Senators
Honorable Dianne Feinstein
2500 Tulare Street, Suite 4290
Fresno, CA 93721
Honorable Barbara Boxer
2500 Tulare Street, Suite 5290
Fresno, CA 93271