A disaster has been avoided in the Sacramento River, but the numbers for this year's winter-run Chinook salmon show the population still has a long way to recovery.

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The drought made it harder to keep the Sacramento River cool enough to protect the salmon eggs before they hatch, and that did a real number on their numbers the last two years.

The population has doubled this year from what it was in 2015, but it's still less than half of the more than a million Chinook counted in 2010.

John McManus, director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, says while it's encouraging, there's no way to know if we'll continue to get rain water to support the fish or what will happen under the new Donald Trump administration. 

"We do know," McManus says. "That key Trump supporters in California have made a priority to get more salmon water from the north for agricultural interests in the west side of the San Joaquin Valley." 

McManus says he hopes state water managers will continue to push for protections for the salmon and for people in fishing and other industries that depend on them.