B.C. Drought

The landscape is dotted with power lines and poles as smoke from wildfires burning in the area fills the air while motorists travel on the Trans-Canada Highway near Walhachin, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit in advance of what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of the severe summer drought. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Drought-weakened trees, fall storms could mean more power outages: BC Hydro

Conditions mirror those in 2015 and 2018, when the utility was hit by its two most damaging storms

 

Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)

B.C. urged to conserve water as drought conditions persist through summer’s end

Recent rains have alleviated drought conditions in some parts of B.C., but severe drought remains

 

This year’s Western hemlock "looper" moth outbreak has been seen in the Lower Mainland and the Interior, including communities throughout the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. (Lorraine Maclauchlan photo)

Western Hemlock Looper Moths return for a third feast of B.C. foliage

Outbreaks of the moths occur every 11 to 15 years in Coastal and Interior forests

 

The drought level for Vancouver Island has been raise to level 5. (B.C. Ministry of Environment)

Drought level in Cowichan region raised to level 5

New water restrictions implemented in some areas of Cowichan

The drought level for Vancouver Island has been raise to level 5. (B.C. Ministry of Environment)
Numerous logs provide a dam on one section of the Chemainus River. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Forests and watersheds: status quo not going to cut it anymore

Knowledge keeper speaks many languages surrounding science-based management vs. clear-cutting

Numerous logs provide a dam on one section of the Chemainus River. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Chemainus Lake on a sunny July day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Precipitation shutout recorded during July

Rainfall void common throughout the west coast of North America

Chemainus Lake on a sunny July day. (Photo by Don Bodger)
After a heat dome melted temperature records for Greater Victoria earlier this summer, the region is now approaching its all-time record for days without rain. (Black Press Media file)

Greater Victoria approaching its rainless days record

Region embroiled in one of the harshest droughts currently facing B.C.

After a heat dome melted temperature records for Greater Victoria earlier this summer, the region is now approaching its all-time record for days without rain. (Black Press Media file)
B.C. ranks drought levels from 0 to 5. Drought Level 5 is rated as the most severe, with adverse impacts to socioeconomic or ecosystem values being almost certain. (Black Press Media file photo)

Officials urge British Columbians to conserve water as regions face extreme drought

Streams and fish seeing biggest impact of drought, as wildfires burn

B.C. ranks drought levels from 0 to 5. Drought Level 5 is rated as the most severe, with adverse impacts to socioeconomic or ecosystem values being almost certain. (Black Press Media file photo)
Most of eastern Vancouver Island is in the red at Drought Level 4. (B.C. Drought Information Portal)

Cowichan on Stage 3 water restrictions due to Drought Level 4

Low spring rainfall amounts and extreme heat wave to blame for early summer drought

Most of eastern Vancouver Island is in the red at Drought Level 4. (B.C. Drought Information Portal)
Section of the Chemainus River off the Trans Canada Highway. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus River watershed on the list of concerns for water scarcity and drought

East Vancouver Island Basin already at Drought Level 4

Section of the Chemainus River off the Trans Canada Highway. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Must of eastern Vancouver Island is in the red at Drought Level 4. (B.C. Drought Information Portal)

UPDATED: Cowichan on Stage 3 water restrictions due to Drought Level 4

Low spring rainfall amounts and extreme heat wave to blame for early summer drought

Must of eastern Vancouver Island is in the red at Drought Level 4. (B.C. Drought Information Portal)
A water sustainability plan for the Koksilah River, which saw low water levels again this year, is under way. (File photo)
A water sustainability plan for the Koksilah River, which saw low water levels again this year, is under way. (File photo)