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California Drought News: Picking up hitchhiking salmon

Charles Hueth holds up a tagged Chinook salmon for a photo before releasing it into the San Joaquin River.
Charles Hueth holds up a tagged Chinook salmon for a photo before releasing it into the San Joaquin River. Lauren Sommer/KQED

Tuesday's drought news points to bad times for salmon, but on the upside, we're less likely to be conquered by Mongols.

  • Low levels and high temperatures in the Sacramento River may make it inhospitable for migrating salmon. That's why officials have come up with a plan to truck salmon to the ocean. (Sacramento Bee)
  • Recent rains didn't do much to bring us out of the drought, but it has allowed some districts to hold off on irrigation for a few weeks. (Modesto Bee)
  • Deborah Brennan looks at homeowners associations and how they're approaching water conservation. Will they relax rules that require green lawns? (San Diego Union-Tribune)
  • NBC Los Angeles has compiled a brief timeline of events related to the drought. (NBC Los Angeles)
  • Tree-ring scientists have linked Gengis Khan's success to a warmer and wetter-than-average period in Mongolian history. Undoubtedly, future historians will look back at our current weather anomaly and credit it for the rise of desert invaders (or not):

Members of Khan's army reportedly had five horses apiece, which allowed them to swiftly conquer an enormous area that stretched from eastern Asia to eastern Europe, as well as parts of northern India and the Mideast. They also traveled with a herd of livestock that provided them with food. (LA Times)

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