Level 5

8 October 2022 – I walked past Charleson Park the other day, part of a longer walk along False Creek, and was shocked to see that the pond had entirely dried up.

Signage assured me that it is part of a seasonal wetland, with naturally fluctuating water levels. This somewhat reassured me.

But only until the news report yesterday morning that the BC Lower Mainland, the Sunshine Coast and west Vancouver Island have now reached Level 5, the most extreme level on the drought scale.

At this level, “adverse impacts… are almost certain.”

Impact is already apparent, with, for example, thousands of salmon washing up dead in dried-out creeks, a prolonged wildfire season, shrivelled crops in the fields, and threat to the security of residential water supplies.

A friend just sent me a photo of her recent visit to the Camosun Bog. Do you remember any of my own earlier photos? Here’s one from April of this year, showing one of the bog’s dominant features: the depth, range and variety of its carpet of sphagnum moss.

Now it looks like this:

Camosun bog – sphagnum moss

After a wetter-than-normal spring, we have now had uninterrupted months of rainfall at some 12%-15% of normal, with record-setting, above-normal heat. Over the last 90 days, says the Weather Network, the Mojave Desert received more rainfall than BC.

Drought. Level 5 drought, here in the rainforest.

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  1. Alex Schumacher

     /  8 October 2022

    And yet, despite this, we still have non-believers in global heating and governments too timorous to take the drastic measures needed to halt the destruction of our planet.

  2. I agree with Alex. Our government isn’t doing much and of course there are those who take advantage.

  3. Your comment about the bog is so so sad. The comparison is so noticeable. What is the world doing?

  4. I’m not a moss specialist, but I do know that many moss species are well adapted to long periods without water. Fingers crossed these are!

    • fingers crossed indeed; I know about seasonal fluctuations, and hope these plants (like the Charleson Pond) have not been stressed beyond their recovery point


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