Low Snowpack in Southwest B.C. 'Scary' for Salmon

Jeff Nagel

The Leader, March 9, 2015

sockeye salmon in the riverThe snowpack in southwestern B.C.’s mountains has been pushed further into record low territory by continued warm and dry weather.

The Lower Fraser watershed is now at 28 per cent of its normal snowpack for this time of year, down from 45 per cent a month ago.

And it’s even lower just to the west at 21 per cent on Vancouver Island and just 15 per cent in the South Coast region, which includes Squamish and Whistler.

B.C.’s River Forecast Centre called the readings “extremely low” in its latest snow level bulletinposted March 9. Most test sites in the three regions are at lows never before seen.

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