Scientists are keeping a close eye on Fraser River water temperatures and levels as the salmon spawning season nears.
The Fraser River at Hope is 34% lower than average.
The temperature is also one degree higher than it should be.
What’s worse, the river levels expected to drop even further with no let-up in the forecast.
Water temperature is also expected to go up over two degrees by next week.
However sockeye salmon are said to be in ‘generally good condition’ for now, but will be monitored closely as they get ready to move upstream to their spawning grounds.
Meanwhile, water restrictions have just been imposed in the Thompson/Okanagan for those who rely on the Coldwater River and its tributaries.
Minister responsible Steve Thomson says irrigation will be restricted to certain hours.
“6 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting effective midnight, tonight with part of the order being depending on the response and how the system responds we would move to full restrictions on August 11th if we don’t get flows back into the system.”
Thomson calls the move “extraordinary” in order to protect Coho, Chinook and steelhead populations.
The continued hot weather is also having an effect on streams and rivers elsewhere in BC.
As of August 4th — Most Vancouver Island anglers will have to hang up their rods.
The drought conditions have lowered water levels enough to ban fishing on all waterways except for the Campbell, Qualicum, and Quinsam rivers.
And in the interior — about 50 farms that draw from the Coldwater River are being told to cut water use during the day to protect salmon spawning grounds.
As of August 11th — they’ll lose all water access until September.