The Conservancy’s Mission

The San Joaquin River Conservancy is a regionally governed agency created to develop and manage the San Joaquin River Parkway, a planned 22-mile natural and recreational area in the floodplain extending from Friant Dam to Highway 99. The Conservancy’s mission includes acquiring approximately 5,900 acres from willing sellers; developing, operating, and managing those lands for public access and recreation; and protecting, enhancing, and restoring riparian and floodplain habitat.


San Joaquin River Conservancy Act

San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan



Notice of Public Meetings and Opportunity to Comment

The public is invited to comment on Draft Guidelines and a Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the San Joaquin River Conservancy’s competitive Multi- Benefit Water Quality, Water Supply, and Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant Program funded by Proposition1.

The Conservancy will hold three public meetings to inform the public about the grant program and to secure public comments. The three dates and locations for the public meetings are the following:

  • April 14th in Madera, 200 W. Fourth Street, Second Floor, Room 2005, from 9:00- 10:30am; and
  • April 15th in Fresno, 5469 E. Olive, Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District Board Room, from 10:30-12:00pm; and
  • April 16th in Friant, 5290 Millerton Road, Millerton Lake Courthouse, Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, from 3:30- 5:00pm. (Parks fees will be waived)

The deadline for written comments is May 1, so that comments can be compiled and presented to the Board for discussion and approval on May 20, 2015.  Written comments can be submitted to: Melinda Marks, Executive Officer, San Joaquin River Conservancy, 5469 E. Olive, Fresno, CA 93727. Electronic comments can be sent to:

Click here to read the Draft Project Solicitation and Evaluation Guidelines

Click here to read the Proposal Solicitation Package

Sycamore Island opens for this year on Sunday, February 1, at 6:00 a.m. The site will be open Friday through Sunday and on state holidays until November 11. For more information and hours of operation, look under the recreation tab.

Notice of Availability and Intent to Adopt Mitigated Negative Declaration

Project: Pursuant to California Code of Regulations (Title 14, Section 15072), the San Joaquin River Conservancy (Conservancy) gives notice of its intent to adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project: San Joaquin River Parkway Sycamore Island Pond Isolation Project.

Lead Agency: State of California, San Joaquin River Conservancy

Project Location and Description: The Conservancy proposes to restore an access road and repair a berm breach on the San Joaquin River one and a quarter mile downstream from Highway 41. The project would construct an equalization saddle, strengthen the existing berm, create a gravel road, and restore floodplain habitat.

Public Review Period: January 27, through February 25, 2015

Public Hearing: The San Joaquin River Conservancy governing board will consider adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration at its regularly scheduled meeting March 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m., or soon thereafter, at 5469 E. Olive, Fresno, CA.

Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration: The Mitigated Negative Declaration proposed for adoption for this project finds that the proposed project will not have a significant effect on the environment and that preparation of an environmental impact report is not required.

Click here to read the proposed final Mitigated Negative Declaration, staff recommendation, and associated documents.

Click here to see the project location

Eaton Trail Extension Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

The Conservancy has contracted with URS Corporation to prepare an EIR and conduct public participation activities pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for extending the Lewis S. Eaton Trail through the River West-Fresno Open Space Area located immediately west of Highway 41.

Click here to access the project details.


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