Scientists are trying to figure out how rising temps will change the alpine run-off that helps power the province


Glaciers, BC Hydro’s Melting ‘Batteries’

“During the long hot days of late summer and early fall — just when precipitation drops off and after all the snow is already gone — is when glaciers start to melt. The gush of icy water replenishes the glacial watershed,” wrote Colleen Kimmett in an article published by The Tyee online newspaper in February 2012.

“The Bridge Glacier, in particular, is like a very big battery for an important hydro system,” she continued.

“It’s not clear exactly how Bridge Glacier’s retreat will impact the amount of electricity that can be generated downstream. But according to some scientists, it’s becoming more apparent that we should start planning for less,” Colleen Kimmett wrote.

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To download and read the complete story by Pauline Holdsworth as posted in The Tyee, click on Glaciers, BC Hydro’s Melting ‘Batteries’