AFTERNOON NEWS BLAST … Gavin Newsom calls on Californians to cut water use by 15%; CDFW says ‘nearly all’ salmon could die in Sacramento River

Gavin Newsom calls on Californians to cut water use by 15%, expands drought emergency

“Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded his drought emergency declaration Thursday and called on Californians to reduce water consumption by 15%.  In a pair of emergency orders issued during an appearance at parched Lopez Lake near San Luis Obispo, the governor added nine more counties to the list of those covered by his emergency declaration from two months ago. That makes the drought official in 50 of the state’s 58 counties — essentially, everywhere except San Francisco and urban Southern California. … ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Gavin Newsom calls on Californians to cut water use by 15%, expands drought emergency

Dire drought warning: California says ‘nearly all’ salmon could die in Sacramento River

The drought is making the Sacramento River so hot that “nearly all” of an endangered salmon species’ juveniles could be cooked to death this fall, California officials warned this week.  In a brief update on the perilous state of the river issued this week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made a dire prediction about the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and its struggles against consistently hot weather in the Sacramento Valley.  “This persistent heat dome over the West Coast will likely result in earlier loss of ability to provide cool water and subsequently it is possible that nearly all in-river juveniles will not survive this season,” the department said. ... ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Dire drought warning: California says ‘nearly all’ salmon could die in Sacramento River

 

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