Restoring the San Joaquin River by KPFA 94.1-FM Berkeley published on 2012/12/04 21:28:47 +0000 The court-ordered restoration of the San Joaquin River is making progress but also faces challenges. The San Joaquin is California’s the second largest river system. It was dammed in the late 1940’s with most of the water flow diverted to agriculture. The restoration project is the result of a settlement reached in 2006 after an 18 year lawsuit that required the U.S. Government to bring the river back to life and revive historic Salmon runs. It is the most ambitious project of its type in the nation. That restoration effort was evaluated at a conference held recently in Fresno. Vic Bedoian reports.