As a wide variety of extreme weather continues across the country this year, BCCA is gathering resources and information to assist producers as the growing season progresses.
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The BC Government has launched a new Drought Information Portal this year with up-to date weather, stream flow and other information throughout the province. Click here to access the 2016 BC Drought Information Portal.
Drought Response Plan
Drought Response Plan FAQs
September 1, 2016
The Province is closing all angling in Salmon Arm Bay to protect chinook and coho gathering to spawn at the confluence of Salmon River and Shuswap Lake.
The closure runs from south and west of a line between Engineer’s Point and Sunnybrae Point, and will be in effect from Sept. 3 until Dec. 31, 2016.
Dry weather and high temperatures this summer have resulted with low waters in the lake and a slow flow on the river, making it difficult for fish swim up-river to spawn.
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August 19, 2016
Hot and dry weather is in the forecast throughout the province this weekend, along with strong, gusty winds. The BC Wildfire Service is preparing for increased wildfire activity and urges the public to be cautious with any activities in the backcountry.
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August 18, 2016
Despite normal flows for many streams and Level 1 drought conditions elsewhere within the Nicola region, low flows in the Coldwater River system are nearing Level 4, or “extremely dry,” drought conditions.
The Province is urging surface water and groundwater users within the Coldwater River system and Merritt municipal boundaries to voluntarily reduce consumption by 30%, in accordance with the provincial BC Drought Response Plan.
Low flows on the Coldwater River are threatening chinook salmon, which are currently in the river system. With continued hot, dry weather in the forecast, river flows are expected to continue to drop. These low flows not only threaten spawning salmon, but all fish populations in the Coldwater system.
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As of August 17, 2016, see below for current conditions.Click herefor most up to date drought map of BC.
Links to Resources and Information on Drought Management
Drought Information Page
Livestock Management During Drought (FLNRO)
On-Farm Emergency Preparedness for Beef Producers - Extreme Heat & Drought
BC Living Water Smart Site:http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/
BC Drought Level Map:
River Forecast Centre - Low streamflow bulletins and advisories:http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/index.htm
Current water supply bulletin:http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/bulletins.watersupply/current.htm
Groundwater levels in provincial observation wells:http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wsd/data_searches/obswell/map/obsWells.html
Key Drought Management Tips
Irrigation Decisions with Limited Water
BC Livestock Watering Handbook
Managing Cow Herds during Drought (Univeristy of Nebraska)
Managing Tame Pastures through Drought(BC Ministry of Agriculture)
Managing Range through Drought(BC Ministry of Agriculture)
Managing Grazing Lands through Drought (BC Ministry of Agriculture)
The Beef Cattle Research Council has also compiled a comprehensive list of resources on drought which you may have already seen if you subscribe to BCRC's blog. Some of these may be of assistance to B.C. producers; topics include:
Whether in the form of pasture, stored forage, or supplements, feed is the largest variable input cost in cow-calf operations. A big challenge is to feed the cow in a way that meets her current and future nutritional requirements for maintenance, lactation, maintaining a successful pregnancy, giving birth and getting rebred within 80-85 days of calving as cost effectively as possible. This challenge is obviously much greater during drought, when feed is scarce and expensive.
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