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California Drought News: Salmon catch a break; avocados won't skyrocket; Oakland taps water reserves



Chinook salmon on the Tuolumne River in the Central Valley. State officials say they're living in adverse conditions - but they are hopeful there's enough cold water in which the salmon can spawn,
Chinook salmon on the Tuolumne River in the Central Valley. State officials say they're living in adverse conditions - but they are hopeful there's enough cold water in which the salmon can spawn,
US Fish and Wildlife Service

We lead off today's installment of California Drought News with word that fish have won some ground in the "Fish v. Farms" tug-o-war underway in the state. (Farms have also gained ground recently.)

Neither of the state’s two biggest avocado-growing regions–north of Los Angeles and San Diego County–are currently hurting for water the way the San JoaquinValley, for instance, is. (SF Gate)

“It’s really what has been planned for over many, many years: the idea of having this diversity of supply,” said [East Bay Municipal Utility District] spokeswoman Andrea Pook. “It’s really the first time we’ve seen it come to fruition in this way.”