Since June, some parts in southern B.C. have received little to no rain at all resulting in drought. Fish such as salmon and crops are struggling to survive in this hot and dry environment. A town in Squamish, B.C. is home to the Swift Creek which provides a breeding ground for wild salmon.
Swift Creek was once a steady stream of cool water that has now become shallow, muddy puddles. Inside these puddles are three-month-old salmon the size of a french fry. Due to the water levels decreasing the fish are being trapped in puddles and are struggling to survive.
Two members of the Squamish Streamkeepers society noticed the issue and took action. The two worked together to gather as many fish as they can in a fine mesh net. The fish were then placed in a bucket with clean water that was kept aerated. Patrick MacNamara one of the volunteers believes a couple more weeks with no rain, would’ve left the area completely dry.
Crops are also suffering as B.C. farmers said “ Our soil has become hydrophobic; it’s very dusty, airy and light. It’s very difficult to walk or pull carts through the field.” Some vegetables and fruits have been scorched and discarded as well.
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