Restoring the San Joaquin River

Through a generous gift from Ted Martin, a long time San Joaquin Valley resident who had a passion for the San Joaquin River, in 2009 the Fresno Regional Foundation was able to award projects and programs working to improve the flow of the River and to enhance the fish population (particularly Salmon) without the use of Eminent Domain.

The following 2009 grant recipients:

Organization: San Joaquin River Partnership

Project Name: San Joaquin River: Restoration Plus

The San Joaquin River Partnership requests a one-year grant to support the Partnership’s work to advance full implementation of the federal and state San Joaquin River Restoration Program (the “Restoration Program”), including flows sufficient to support self-sustaining salmon populations, and advance the many additional opportunities the Restoration Program provides.

Organization: SJV Water Leadership Forum

Project Name:San Joaquin River Stewardship Program - A Community Action Initiative

This program is a community-based action initiative engaged in the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP). The primary focus will be on salmon recovery and riparian habitat restoration, enhancement and protection. Citizen involvement including underserved communities will be established through education, outreach, service learning and recruitment.

Organization: San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc.

Project Name: Restoration Education on the San Joaquin River

The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust (Trust) requests $41,700 to improve our restoration education program activities. These activities include monthly volunteer workdays on habitat restoration projects, nature walks, educational field trips with a service-learning component, and a summer conservation camp.

Organization: Trout Unlimited

Project Name: Helping Bring Salmon Back to the SJR

Trout Unlimited (TU) proposes this project to help bring salmon back to the San Joaquin River. Specifically, TU will leverage processes to improve flow in the San Joaquin River, while simultaneously educating the Central San Joaquin Valley’s hunters and anglers about flow and salmon restoration and conservation in the region.

Organization: RiverTree Volunteers

Project Name: RiverTree Volunteers: SJR Service Learning and Restoration Program

Using already established service learning and education activities with Fresno State, local school districts and parks and recreation agencies, RiverTree will expand its re-vegetation, cleanup and education programs, include a summer program for Fresno-area children, and work with state and federal agencies on a salmon restoration project.

Neighborhood Market Program

Volunteers help supervise the children as clients visit the Community Food Bank’s Neighborhood Market program. This food distribution program delivers fresh produce and other healthy staples to destitute areas of Fresno, Madera and Kings Counties. Since its launch in March 2008, the program has distributed more than 1 million pounds of food in more than 30 locations. Thank you to the Fresno Regional Foundation for awarding a $10,000 human services grant to support this important work!

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