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.
Overall water use decreased again in September compared to last year in the Sacramento region. Water providers are also pumping less groundwater, despite a heavier reliance on it in the drought.
If a flood were to hit Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta it would threaten much of California’s water supply. It’s why emergency management agencies are holding flood-fighting exercises during a drought.
UC Davis researchers have identified 'high priority' dams in California where releasing water may be a key for the survival of native fish species.
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.