Context for BC’s 2015 Drought: “Yes, We Need Rain, But We Also Need Snow,” wrote Pauline Holdsworth in The Tyee

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Record-low snowpack deepened drought before it started

Pauline Holdsworth_The Tyee_120p“The health of B.C.’s mountain snowpack — which slowly melts and recharges rivers and reservoirs in the summer — may be a more important metric for determining the health of the province’s water supply,” wrote Pauline Holdsworth in an article published by The Tyee online newspaper.

“Province-wide snowpack levels on June 15 were only at five per cent of normal conditions for that time of the year,” she added.

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To download and read the complete story by Pauline Holdsworth as posted in The Tyee, click on BC Drought: Yes, We Need Rain, But We Also Need Snow

To read another related article, click on Scientists are trying to figure out how rising temps will change the alpine run-off that helps power the province.