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With a grim outlook for salmon, California looks to upend the status quo in water policy


State officials have a “grim” outlook for California’s winter-run Chinook salmon along the Sacramento River. The deepening drought and rising temperatures are exhausting agency resources for managing the species to prevent extinction, and with long-term forecasts predicting little precipitation for Northern California in the months ahead, the state is making plans for worst-case scenarios and an emergency overhaul of water management in California.