As drought continues, new restrictions and an experiment in one Vancouver Island region

Nearly two months after drought Level 5 was declared on Vancouver Island, steps are underway in the Comox Valley to conserve water and aid returning salmon. 

Drought Level 5, declared when “adverse impacts to socio-economic or ecosystem values are almost certain,” is the highest level on British Columbia’s drought scale.

More than half of B.C.’s water basins (18 of 34) are currently at drought Level 5.

Nearly all of B.C.’s watersheds are at drought level 4 or 5. Emergency Management and Climate Readiness Minister Bowinn Ma called it ‘a sleeping giant of a natural disaster.’ (Province of BC )

The core communities of the Comox Valley — the town of Comox and the

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