Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says they'll begin releasing the first of 35,000 trout into the Truckee River Thursday morning at Fisherman's Park just east of downtown Reno.
NDOW biologist Kim Tisdale says it's four to six weeks earlier than usual but is necessary to make sure there's still enough water in the river to support the fish before flows are expected to dwindle early this summer.
Tisdale says if they don't act now, they'll end up with a hatchery full of fish and nowhere to put them.
Record dry January expected in many Northern and Central California cities as drought drops reservoir levels.
The California Department of Water Resources says the state’s snowpack is “dismally meager.” A lack of snow in the Sierra is keeping rivers low and drying up some reservoirs.
The City of Roseville is yanking grass and replacing it with drought-resistant landscaping to conserve water. Roseville also offers homeowners a 'Cash For Grass' rebate program.
The City of Sacramento says water customers in 2014 "cut water use to the lowest level per person per day in 100 years."
Salmon rely on cool water temperatures and aquatic plants to survive. So California’s drought has hit them particularly hard. But UC Davis researchers have found one area where the fish are flourishing.