Upcoming construction of a new Salmon Conservation and Research Facility (SCARF) will trigger temporary, sporadic closures of a section of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail at the recently constructed Friant Interactive Nature Site (FINS) throughout 2017. Visitors are asked to observe all safety precautions in place during construction and yield to posted signs and fencing when visiting the trail.
The trail closures are expected to last from March until completion of the new facility in 2018.
The SCARF will be built adjacent to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s San Joaquin Trout Hatchery approximately 1 mile downstream of Friant Dam near the town of Friant in Fresno County. The facility will work to repopulate spring-run Chinook salmon in the San Joaquin River in accordance with the Restoration Goal of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP). The SJRRP includes multiple state, federal and local agencies and environmental groups working together to restore the San Joaquin River.
Spring-run Chinook have been extinct from the San Joaquin River following completion of Friant Dam in 1942. Fish releases from the SCARF, along with other restoration measures, will eventually support 30,000 to 45,000 naturally-reproducing and self-sustaining spring-run adults.
The $23.7 million project will be funded through state bonds from the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Fund of 2006 (Proposition 84) and the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1).
Gerald Hatler, CDFW Central Region, (559) 243-4005, ext. 127
Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8944