In the annals of climate change you can record another notable event. The Fraser River is running hotter and lower in the first week of July than it usually does in the dead of August.
The water temperature is currently about 19 C, the level at which salmon start to show physiological stress, and the flow has dropped to extreme lows.
“These flows are definitely lower than anything we’ve experienced and I’d say the temperatures right now are warmer than anything [on record for July],” said Mike Lapointe, chief biologist for the Pacific Salmon Commission.
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