Drought codes elevated in northern, central BC

By James Peters
October 10, 2018 - 2:14pm

VICTORIA — The provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is raising the alarm about low streamflows in central and northern B.C.

According to a ministry news release, the Upper Fraser East, Nechako and Peace regions are now at a Level 2 to Level 3 drought rating, meaning they are very dry.

A further concern are the Northwest, Upper Fraser West, Middle Fraser and Central Coast regions, who are at a Level 3, while the Stikine and Skeena-Nass regions are at Level 4, indicating extremely dry conditions.

The ministry says if the winter freeze takes place in these areas before more moisture is introduced, the risk of continued drought next year heightens.

Low streamflow levels also impact fish populations.

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