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 Availability and Intent to Adopt Mitigated Negative Declaration

Released: September 5, 2015

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 San Joaquin River Parkway River Vista Public Access Project.

Lead Agency: State of California, San Joaquin River Conservancy

Project Location and Description: The proposed project involves a parking lot, trail, picnicking features, and the removal of a derelict bridge. The proposed project site is adjacent to the San Joaquin River in Madera County approximately one-quarter mile west of the intersection of North Fork Rd. and N. Friant/Millerton Rd.

Public Review Period: September 5, through October 4, October 6, 2015

Public Hearing: The San Joaquin River Conservancy governing board will consider adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration at its regularly scheduled meeting December 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m., or soon thereafter, at 5469 E. Olive, Fresno, CA 93727.

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.

Contact: For additional information about this project or for copies of the Mitigated Negative Declaration, contact Joshua Morgan at (559) 253-7324, Written comments should be submitted no later than October 4, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to: Melinda Marks, Executive Officer, San Joaquin River Conservancy, 5469 E. Olive, Fresno, CA 93727, or electronic comments can be sent to:

Click here to view the Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Notice: Now Accepting Proposition 1 Grant Applications

The San Joaquin River Conservancy is pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Conservancy’s Multi-Benefit Water Quality, Water Supply, Ecosystem and Watershed Protection and Restoration Grant Program.

For more information on applying for a Conservancy Proposition 1 grant, please look under the Prop 1 tab.

A public workshop will be held to provide information about the grant program, the guidelines, PSP, and the selection process on September 16, 2015 in Fresno at the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District Board Room, 5469 East Olive Avenue, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

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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