Environment Minister Barry Penner says below average snowpacks across British Columbia indicate significant potential, for low stream flows, and water-supply shortages, to develop this summer.
As a result, Mr. Penner says the B.C. government is developing a 2010 Drought Response Plan to guide government actions.
Given the current low snowpack conditions, notice of potential drought is included, in a bulletin issued today, although it says, should wet weather materialize in May and June, it could reduce the risk.
Conditions as of May first indicate a likelihood, of well below normal runoff during the next two months in a number of large rivers, including the Peace.
Water levels on these rivers began to rise in late April, and they’re expected to peak by late this month or early June.
The Peace is included among the regions currently classified at Drought Level 2 (dry conditions) and there are early indications of potential low stream flow, and summer water supply shortages.