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Chinook salmon begin journey to sea...on a truck




Juvenile salmon are dumped into a pen on the Sacramento River in Rio Vista after a truck ride from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery near Red Bluff.
Juvenile salmon are dumped into a pen on the Sacramento River in Rio Vista after a truck ride from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery near Red Bluff.
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It's the latest sign of how bad this year's drought really is. Federal and state wildlife agencies launched a massive "fish lift" this week.

That's the term for driving young chinook salmon by the tanker from a hatchery at the northern end of the Central Valley, all the way to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. As strange as it sounds, officials say this is the only way any of the commercially valuable fish will make it to the ocean this year.

For the California report, Dan Brekke has the story.