San Joaquin

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San Joaquin

(săn wäkēn`), river, c.320 mi (510 km) long, rising in the Sierra Nevada, E Calif., and flowing W then N through the S Central Valley to form a large delta with the SacramentoSacramento,
longest river of Calif., c.380 mi (610 km) long, rising near Mt. Shasta, N Calif., and flowing generally SW to Suisun Bay, an arm of San Francisco Bay, where it forms a large delta with the San Joaquin River.
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 River near Suisun Bay, an arm of San Francisco Bay. The San Joaquin is navigable c.40 mi (60 km) for oceangoing vessels to Stockton. The Mokelumne, Tuolumne, Merced, and Fresno are its chief tributaries. The wide southern part of the Central ValleyCentral Valley,
great trough of central Calif., c.450 mi (720 km) long and c.50 mi (80 km) wide, between the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Ranges. The Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers drain much of the valley before converging in a huge delta and flowing into San Francisco Bay;
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 basin between the Sierra Nevada and the Coast Range is usually called the San Joaquin Valley, although the southern half of this area is drained by independent rivers such as the Kings and the Kern. Between Stockton in the north and Bakersfield in the south are many cities, notably Fresno, Modesto, and Merced.

The Central Valley projectCentral Valley project,
central Calif., long-term general scheme for the utilization of the water of the Sacramento River basin in the north for the benefit of the farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley in the south, undertaken by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1935.
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, undertaken largely to bring surplus water from the north to make the San Joaquin Valley more fertile, has as one of its units Friant Dam on the San Joaquin; the San Luis Dam is on the San Luis River, and the Delta-Mendota Canal parallels the lower San Joaquin on the west. The diversion of much of the river's water to irrigation, however, caused large stretches of the river from below the Friant Dam to the Merced River to run dry. An agreement in 2006 between the Bureau of Reclamation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Friant Water Users Authority called for restoration of 153 mi (246 km) of the river through the release of water from the Millerton Reservoir behind the Friant Dam.

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San Joaquin


a river in the western USA. The San Joaquin measures 564 km long and drains an area of approximately 45,000 sq km. Rising in the Sierra Nevada, it flows through the southern part of California’s Central Valley and empties into San Francisco Bay. It shares a common mouth with the Sacramento River. The mean flow rate is 138 cu m per sec. There are many reservoirs in the river basin. The river is navigable for a distance of 80 km from the mouth. It is used for irrigation.

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"We are slowly transitioning to operationalize San Joaquin Mother and Child Hospital into one of the district hospitals in the province," he said.
This church, under the advocation of San Joaquin or Saint Joachim, father of the Blessed Virgin Mary, replaced the older one dedicated to the 'Dulce Nombre de Jesus' (Sweet Name of Jesus), described by Augustinian priest Manuel Buzeta in the mid-19th century as 'mediana fabrica,' or not in good condition.
told Manila Bulletin Wednesday the Pasungay, which features a fight between two carabaos (water buffaloes), is integral to San Joaquin's cultural heritage.
Once characterized by widespread artesian wells, the San Joaquin Valley now averages groundwater depths of over 150 feet below the surface, exceeding 250 feet in many areas.
Dannar, a company involved in zero-emission off-road technologies, is collaborating with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
Gary Royce Wisner, 61, of Lodi, Calif., is scheduled for arraignment today at the San Joaquin County Superior Court on 11 felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly bilking insurers out of more than $700,000 by providing unnecessary and excessive medical treatment for orthopedic patients.
Paul Verdegaal, University of California Cooperative Extension San Joaquin County farm advisor for the past 31 years, retired Jan.
Sierra Bancorp is the holding company for Bank of the Sierra, an independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley.
San Joaquin Valley Chapter, NDTA, hosted their annual Christmas Party on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at Chez Shari in Manteca, CA.
Stockton Metropolitan Airport is three miles southeast of downtown Stockton, a city in San Joaquin County, California, and is owned by the County of San Joaquin.

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