flyfishing

New season, more streamflow?

The first of the West Coast’s seasonal storms has blown in on the first day of fall, and Vancouver Islanders may almost be glad to see the clouds touch the ground and feel the rain on their sunburned skin. While there’s been a lot of coverage of the drought in California, wildfires in Oregon and…

gomphrena

Another watershed moment

Regular followers will notice that there’s been little to read on this blog lately. Not having posted in over a month, I may even be close to violating my own blog network’s rules of engagement for syndication on the site (sorry Science Borealis!). There are many excuses for why I’ve been so silent. Moving house.…

4Aug2014

Guest blog posts for CSP and CSWA

This past week I blogged about the Mount Polley mine disaster, an event that I think we won’t hear the end of anytime soon as clean up (hopefully) gets underway. At the same time that I posted that blog, I also had a couple of guest posts go up. The first was at the Canadian…

salmon2

The Mt Polley mine disaster

At two am on the morning of 4 August, 2014, a tailings pond at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley gold and copper mine broke through an earthen dam, sending 10 million cubic metres of tailings water and 4.5 cubic meters of tailings sediment pouring into Polley Lake and from there through Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake.…