Fishing industry experts say plenty of chinook born before the drought are now in the ocean and that should insure a healthy fishing season this year.
The Golden Gate Salmon Association says the drought will be felt in the coming years as younger fish run into drought-depleted waterways. The Association’s Jon McManus suggests trapping and trucking them around low water areas.
“We’re in discussions with state and federal agencies to move them around the low, hostile river conditions that they’re experiencing in California because of the drought,” says McManus.
Officials closed the salmon fishery for the first time in 2008-2009 to protect the fish population from the effects of over-diversion of river water.
Federal regulators will meet this week in Sacramento to determine the rules for this year’s catch.
An estimated 60,000 people will take part in California's biggest one day volunteer effort on Sept. 20, and anyone can participate.
El Niño is not expected to end the California drought but ‘atmospheric rivers’ might help.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's shade tree program has been around for 25 years. In spite of the drought, the utility says it will continue to fund the program for at least another two years because of the benefits trees provide.
Environmental groups say the recent California Legislative session was a big win for coastal protection, clean water among other issues.