Cortes Island is in the midst of a level four drought.
There have been worse dry periods in the instrumental records, much worse according to a University of Victoria study of tree ring data, and most likely more severe droughts in the years to come.
“Summer is very typically a very dry time of year for the Island, as well as for the Gulf Islands. The problem is that because we didn’t get the Spring rains, we’re starting at a level that is lower than what it would be within a typical year,” said Ashlee Jollymore, a Hydrologist with the Water Management Branch in Victoria
Continue reading In a level four drought, what lies ahead?
The lagoon at Mansons Landing is yet another location on Cortes, which experienced alarming rates of marine creature die-off in the wake of the recent heat wave — the sand dollar population being hit the hardest, with losses as high as 85 per cent.
Continue reading Mansons Lagoon not spared in Marine life die-off
Deep water temperatures in fjords along BC’s Central Coast have increased 1.2–1.3°C over the past 70 years, a recent report shows.
Continue reading Deep water temperatures in BC Fjords rose 1.2–1.3°C in 70 years
On May 12th, Eileen Sowerby from the Quadra Island Salmon Enhancement Society (QISES) gave the Strathcona Regional District Board a presentation about the three threats to Quadra Island’s wild salmon: salmon farms, logging and climate change
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