The Sacramento Bee reports state and federal wildlife officials have announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by tanker trucks should the river and its tributaries prove inhospitable for the fish.
Officials fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon trying to migrate on their own.
They're keeping an eye on conditions and will be ready to implement the plan next month, barring heavy rains.
Salmon from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery on Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River, are usually released in April and May.
The trucking plan is similar to one carried out in the drought of 1991-92.
California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies just as California is leading the way with initiatives for renewable energy and climate change.
A winter forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center Thursday shows the California drought may persist or intensify in parts of the state.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday for not responding to a petition to protect 16 amphibian and reptile species in California
The Sacramento Region may get millions of dollars for water projects to help during the drought.
California has received less than 60 percent of the rain and snow this water year that it normally gets. Water managers are warning the new water year may be just as bad.