Harry Morse with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the recent rains came at an opportune time.
"The winter-run salmon smolts -the young fish, are going out right now and this high water event is a very good thing," says Morse. "It helps push them down into the Delta and get em moving out through the system in a timely manner."
"We have no quarrel with supplying water for human health and human safety of course. We just hope that if there is pumping that exceeds that level, it be reduced or eliminated at the critical period of time."
Biologists have been monitoring the migration, but have not collected enough information to say if the drought has affected the fish.
Morse with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the fall-run Chinook are still feeding.
"Our fall fish spawned in the hatcheries and the natural gravel -they're in the incubation process now. And those fish won't be ready to go out until usually about April."The Pacific Fisheries Management Council is expected to issue its forecasts on Thursday for the Salmon returning this year from the ocean.
A new study shows fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation's military bases, airports and industrial sites.
Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Crews are making "good progress" on the Cold Fire in Yolo County, now at 60% containment. In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire remains at 45% containment with wind creating an additional challenge for firefighters.
The Soberanes Fire near Big Sur is burning in a rugged area that hasn't "seen fire in decades." The wildfire is 45 percent contained at 57,500 acres.
When urbanites encounter honey bees, some run away in fear while others dream of honey. Two women are on a mission to help people feel more at ease with bees while boosting the urban ecosystem.
The drought intensified over the last week in the Western U.S. as the region swelters under a heatwave and firefighters battle major wildfires.