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Salmon program takes giant leap thanks to land donation

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Sack Dam is a key feature on the San Joaquin River east of Dos Palos. COURTESY: San Joaquin River Restoration Program

One farmer has single handedly ramped up the pace of a program trying to save native salmon in the San Joaquin River by donating a key sliver of land to the federal government.

Connley Clayton donated about eight acres of his Madera County riverfront land to the government’s San Joaquin River Restoration Program. The land will provide crucial space for the government to build a passage that fish can use to swim around the Sack Dam, a significant impediment to salmon returning upriver from the sea.

“We’re lucky we had the opportunity to do it,” said Clayton. “We’re getting more pleasure out of it probably than anybody.”

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
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