Environment Minister Barry Penner says below average snowpacks across British Columbia indicate significant potential for low stream flows and water-supply shortages to develop this summer. As a result, Penner says the B.C. government is developing a 2010 Drought Response Plan to guide government actions for low stream flows and drought conditions. Given the current low snowpack conditions, notice of potential drought is included in this bulletin, although should wet weather materialize in May and June, it could reduce the risk.Forest fires, anyone? Remember 2003? Calling these weather conditions "drought" implies they are temporary. Meet the new normal as climate change worsens. I'm very glad the City of Kamloops voted in favour of water meters: we're some of the piggiest comsumers of water in the world. And, we cannot afford to waste water and have our usage exceed the natural replenishment of the acquifers and water systems. Our well being depends upon the well being of the environment - not the other way around.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Pray for Rain