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Kootenay Boundary Regional Drought Level Update Sept. 8th, 2021

The list below shows the most recent Kootenay Boundary Region drought levels, updated on Wednesday September 8th. The BC Drought Information Portal has been updated with the current drought status and any recent provincial information bulletin can be found Here. Once again, please be aware that the four level drought scale (1-4) most are familiar with has been replaced by a six level system (0-5). This six level scale and associated indicator thresholds have been revised in the retitled  “BC Drought and Water Scarcity Response Plan”.

The current Kootenay Boundary Region basin drought levels and associated recommendations are as follows. There have been no changes to drought levels since last week.

  • Upper Columbia- Level 2 – emphasize stewardship and to prepare under the precautionary assumption that conditions may deteriorate again.
  • East Kootenay- Level 2- emphasize stewardship and to prepare under the precautionary assumption that conditions may deteriorate again.
  • West Kootenay- Level 4- we are requesting voluntary water use reductions of 50%. This includes both surface water and groundwater.
  • Lower Columbia- Level 4- we are requesting voluntary water use reductions of 50%. This includes both surface water and groundwater.
  • Kettle- Level 5  We are asking all water users to find ways to reduce water use as much as possible beyond previous 50% voluntary reductions. Temporary Fish Population Protection Order issued on the West Kettle River.

Precipitation deficits continue throughout most of the region and in particular across areas severely affected by drought conditions. There is some precipitation forecasted for the next few days however, duration and accumulations may not amount to levels needed for long term drought relief.