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 drought intensified over the last week in the Western U.S. as the region swelters under a heatwave and firefighters battle major wildfires.
A new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state’s landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
A UC Davis researcher has used pigeons to track lead pollution in New York City and plans to do the same in California cities and agricultural areas.
The state of Nevada will pay $120,000 to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint about storm water runoff pollution in Reno.