West Kootenay residents concerned about low water levels in Arrow Lakes

Some residents of B.C.’s West Kootenay region say they’re worried about water levels in the Arrow Lakes amid a historic drought and high temperatures that triggered an early snowpack melt.

They’re calling on B.C. Hydro, which uses the Arrow Lakes as a reservoir to generate power, to do more to preserve valuable salmon habitats and recreation spots.

However, the provincial utility company says they’re limited by unprecedented drought conditions and water they have to contractually release to the U.S. under the cross-border Columbia River Treaty.

As that treaty is renegotiated into the next year, Kootenay residents say they hope ecosystems and their concerns make their way to the negotiation table.

Some residents have captured pictures of fish

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