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.
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.
The City of Sacramento wants to continue a washing machine rebate program that started in 2009 until the end of the decade.