Water

Sockeye salmon struggle to get upstream in historically low water levels in Weaver Creek near the Harrison River north of Chilliwack on Oct. 20, 2022. (Submitted by a Watershed Watch Salmon Society volunteer)

OPINION w/VIDEO: Salmon die and people lose their water as B.C. sleepwalks into yet another crisis

‘It’s time those responsible for protecting B.C.s environment spent a little more time out here with us’

  • Oct 25, 2022

 

A view of Gibsons Landing from the top of Soames Hill, a short but steep hike on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, is seen near the town of Grantham’s Landing, B.C., on May 23, 2016. Some businesses and amenities on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast must stop using all treated drinking water within hours as severe drought in the region forces declaration of a state of local emergency, but officials say there’s no need to panic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Krugel

First COVID, now drought, B.C. brewery takes water-use restrictions in stride

Water system that supplies Sechelt area is at ‘imminent risk’ of running dry

 

A man walks in the water off Locarno Beach during a stretch of unseasonably warm weather, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. Water use in Metro Vancouver is much higher, while reservoir levels are lower than normal, prompting the regional district to ask millions of residents and businesses to conserve.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Drought prompts request for Metro Vancouver residents to take shorter showers

Region’s water use up by 20 per cent for time of year because of the extended dry weather

 

Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

COLUMN: Drowning is silent; familiarize yourself with the signs of it

Chilliwack reporter shares what signs of drowning look like after incident with son in pool

Drowning is “not the violent splashing and shouting for help that one sees on TV. There’s no screaming or flailing of arms,” writes reporter Jenna Hauck. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Trail water restrictions are applicable until Sept. 30. Photo: Unsplash

City of Trail water restrictions in effect

Lawn watering permitted odd numbered days for odd numbered premises

Trail water restrictions are applicable until Sept. 30. Photo: Unsplash
A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man’s body recovered from Nanaimo lake after apparent drowning

Victim went for a swim Sunday, searchers found body Monday

A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
Abbe Teasdale is filling a seasonal role as the RDKB WaterSmart Ambassador. Photo: RDKB

Ambassador ready to help Kootenay Boundary water users

“WaterSmart Ambassadors have a huge impact on the ground,” says the RDKB’s Gabe Wiebe.

Abbe Teasdale is filling a seasonal role as the RDKB WaterSmart Ambassador. Photo: RDKB
Christina Lake in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff

Christina Lake water system gest $1.8M funding boost

The funding is part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure project

Christina Lake in 2021. Photo: Greg Nesteroff
Kootenay Lake is one of the bodies of water re-surveyed by Living Lakes Canada this summer, in a study of ecological and urban development changes to Basin shorelines. Photo: Kelsey Yates

Empowering B.C. communities to protect their local watersheds

The time is now to create a Watershed Security Fund.

  • Dec 21, 2021
Kootenay Lake is one of the bodies of water re-surveyed by Living Lakes Canada this summer, in a study of ecological and urban development changes to Basin shorelines. Photo: Kelsey Yates
Members of the Iqaluit Fire Department assist with flushing the city’s water pipes in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Engineers say the source of fuel in Iqaluit’s water likely comes from an underground fuel tank built in 1962. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dustin Patar
Members of the Iqaluit Fire Department assist with flushing the city’s water pipes in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Engineers say the source of fuel in Iqaluit’s water likely comes from an underground fuel tank built in 1962. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dustin Patar
Kootenay Lake was one of the lakes re-surveyed to assess shoreline impacts as part of Living Lakes Canada’s FIMP project. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)

Lake survey project aims to protect shorelines from climate, urban impacts

Living Lakes Canada is co-ordinating a lake survey project over four years

  • Nov 9, 2021
Kootenay Lake was one of the lakes re-surveyed to assess shoreline impacts as part of Living Lakes Canada’s FIMP project. (Photo by Kelsey Yates)
Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Underground fuel spill found next to Iqaluit’s water treatment plant

No timeline for when the city’s residents will be able to drink Iqaluit’s tap water again

Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
The Columbia Basin Water Hub currently hosts over 150 water data sets that have been uploaded by over 30 organizations. This water data provides information about streams, lakes, wetlands, groundwater, snow, glaciers, and climate in the Columbia Basin, both historical and current. (Living Lakes Canada)

Columbia Basin Water Hub helps fill gaps in water knowledge

The project is facilitated by Living Lakes Canada

  • Oct 26, 2021
The Columbia Basin Water Hub currently hosts over 150 water data sets that have been uploaded by over 30 organizations. This water data provides information about streams, lakes, wetlands, groundwater, snow, glaciers, and climate in the Columbia Basin, both historical and current. (Living Lakes Canada)
A Living Lakes Canada community-based water monitoring training course with Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society in Nelson during summer 2021. (Submitted)

New thinking required for our watershed management

In the Columbia Basin, there are exemplary examples of community-based water monitoring

  • Oct 21, 2021
A Living Lakes Canada community-based water monitoring training course with Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society in Nelson during summer 2021. (Submitted)
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

Much of southern B.C. remains under drought conditions (B.C. Drought Map/B.C. Drought Information Portal)
Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to lift all drinking water advisories by this March

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Restrictions have been tightened for Beaver Valley Water Service users. Photo: Mohammad Rezaie/Unsplash

Beaver Valley tightens water restrictions

No irrigation or sprinkling is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays.

Restrictions have been tightened for Beaver Valley Water Service users. Photo: Mohammad Rezaie/Unsplash
Trail water conservation measures are applicable until Sept. 30. Photo: Mani Sankar/Unsplash

City of Trail water restrictions now in effect

Hand watering of greenery permitted day and evening, providing a flow control device is used

Trail water conservation measures are applicable until Sept. 30. Photo: Mani Sankar/Unsplash
The RDKB enacted Stage 1 water restrictions on May 1. Photo: Unsplash

New Kootenay Boundary water saving measures in play

RDKB water conservation restrictions were put into effect on May 1

The RDKB enacted Stage 1 water restrictions on May 1. Photo: Unsplash
The midnight sun shines over the ice-covered waters near Resolute Bay at 1:30 am as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Saturday, July 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canada has 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves — this is how to protect it

Researchers suggest the need for a Canada Water Agency dedicated to water management across the country

  • May 1, 2021
The midnight sun shines over the ice-covered waters near Resolute Bay at 1:30 am as seen from the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent Saturday, July 12, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward