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.
The 19th annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend is expected to bring thousands of visitors to see the stately birds.
The Pacific Storm system brought some slight improvement to drought conditions in California and Nevada last week.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing more than $30 million to California and Nevada native tribes for water quality and environmental restoration projects.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.