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.
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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