From S.F. Estuary – The restoration program, which launched in October 2009, is a mix of spectacular success and drawn-out delays. Adult spring-run Chinook from test releases of young are already returning to the San Joaquin River after their decades-long absence. But key settlement target dates for officially reintroducing salmon and reestablishing fish passage by 2012, and releasing full restoration flows by 2014 have come and gone. Now, the program is finally on the cusp of major milestones on both the reintroduction and passage sides. The timeline for full restoration flows, however, remains uncertain. (more)