ENDED – High Streamflow Advisory

ENDED – High Streamflow Advisory – Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, North Shore, Fraser Valley (North), Squamish River, Sea-to-Sky, Fraser Valley (South)

ISSUED: 9:30 AM November 28, 2018

 

The River Forecast Centre is ending a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Coast including:

  • Metro Vancouver – including the Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers and local streams
  • Howe Sound – including the Stawamus River and tributaries along the Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Sunshine Coast – including watersheds around Gibsons and Sechelt
  • North Shore – including the Seymour River and watersheds around North Vancouver and West Vancouver
  • Fraser Valley (North) – including mountainous tributaries from Coquitlam to Harrison
  • Squamish River
  • Sea-to-Sky – including tributary watersheds along the Sea-to-Sky corridor north of Squamish to Whistler
  • Fraser Valley (South) – including the Chilliwack River and surrounding tributaries

Rainfall eased on Tuesday, following a significant atmospheric river event on Monday. Rivers have peaked from the runoff from this event, and levels have eased.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.

 

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

 

A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.

 

A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result

High Streamflow Advisory (DOWNGRADED)

High Streamflow Advisory (DOWNGRADED) – Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, North Shore, Fraser Valley (North)

High Streamflow Advisory (MAINTAINED) – Squamish River, Sea-to-Sky, Fraser Valley (South)

UPDATED: 11:40AM November 27, 2018

 

The River Forecast Centre is downgrading a Flood Watch to a High Streamflow Advisory for the South Coast including:

  • Metro Vancouver – including the Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers and local streams
  • Howe Sound – including the Stawamus River and tributaries along the Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Sunshine Coast – including watersheds around Gibsons and Sechelt
  • North Shore – including the Seymour River and watersheds around North Vancouver and West Vancouver
  • Fraser Valley (North) – including mountainous tributaries from Coquitlam to Harrison

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • Squamish River
  • Sea-to-Sky – including tributary watersheds along the Sea-to-Sky corridor north of Squamish to Whistler
  • Fraser Valley (South) – including the Chilliwack River and surrounding tributaries

A series of intense Pacific storms impacted the South Coast and Vancouver Island yesterday and overnight. Observed rainfall totals for this event, since Sunday afternoon, have been in the 60-170 mm range through the Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, and North Shore Mountains.

Rivers have been responding to this rainfall, with peak levels being experienced in most rivers on Monday, or early on Tuesday. Some river systems, including the Mackay Creek, Seymour River, Stawamus River, upper Coquitlam River, and upper Stave River reached between 2-year and 10-year return period flows. River levels in other areas generally remained below 2-year flow.

Precipitation is expected to continue through Tuesday, with significantly reduced rainfall rates than were observed on Monday. River levels in most areas are expected to remain elevated through Tuesday, however significant additional rises are not expected at this time.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.

 

Flood Watch!

Flood Watch – Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, North Shore, Fraser Valley (North)

High Streamflow Advisory – Squamish River, Sea-to-Sky, Fraser Valley (South)

UPDATED: 11:30 AM November 26, 2018

 

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Watch for the South Coast including:

  • Metro Vancouver (NEW) – including the Serpentine and Nicomekl Rivers and local streams
  • Howe Sound – including the Stawamus River and tributaries along the Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Sunshine Coast – including watersheds around Gibsons and Sechelt
  • North Shore – including the Seymour River and watersheds around North Vancouver and West Vancouver
  • Fraser Valley (North) – including mountainous tributaries from Coquitlam to Harrison

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • Squamish River
  • Sea-to-Sky – including tributary watersheds along the Sea-to-Sky corridor north of Squamish to Whistler
  • Fraser Valley (South) – including the Chilliwack River and surrounding tributaries

A series of intense Pacific storms is impacting the South Coast and Vancouver Island. Heavy rain has occurred overnight and this morning across the region, and is expected to continue through the day on Monday. Observed rainfall totals so far have been in the 20-60 mm range through the North Shore Mountains and Howe Sound.

Heavy rain is expected to continue throughout the day today. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued rainfall warnings for the region, indicating the potential for 60-80 mm of rainfall through Tuesday morning, and amounts up to 90-120 mm over higher terrain.

River levels are expected to rise rapidly in response to this rainfall throughout Monday and overnight into Tuesday. Shallow snow accumulations at mid-elevations over the past few days are expected to melt with warmer temperatures, and will contribute additional runoff to streams. Additional heavy rainfall is expected to continue throughout the day. Peak flows are expected late Monday and into Tuesday.

Hydrologic modelling of current weather forecasts is indicating the potential for flood levels in streams and rivers in the Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, North Shore, Fraser Valley (North) and Metro Vancouver areas.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.

MEDIA RELEASE – Squamish Nation Council approves agreements with Woodfibre LNG Project

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November 23rd, 2018 North Vancouver — At a duly convened Council meeting on November 21st, 2018, a majority of the Squamish Nation Council voted and approved three agreements regarding the Woodfibre LNG Project. The three agreements are with Woodfibre LNG, FortisBC, and the Province of BC.
With the approval of these agreements, the Squamish Nation has given its approval for the project to proceed.

Approving the impact benefit agreements was a step in the Squamish Nation’s process for assessing the impacts and benefits of this project. The approval by the Squamish Council includes compliance by the project proponents with legally binding conditions issued under the Squamish Nation’s environmental assessment process.
The Squamish Nation sought to ensure that the Nation’s environmental standards are being met. The project proponents are doing this by satisfying the Nation’s 25 environmental conditions issued under the Squamish Nation’s environmental assessment process.

Next steps will be holding the proponents accountable through the construction, operation and decommissioning of the Woodfibre LNG Project. This includes environmental, cultural, employment, and training conditions. As agreed by the proponents, we will be co-developing management plans for the project and will have our own monitors on the ground to report any non-compliance with the conditions.
Similar to other levels of government that benefit economically from the project, the Squamish Nation as a government will share in the economic benefits this project offers. Revenue collected from this project will go to the Squamish Nation and contribute to programs and services it operates for its members. In addition, there will be jobs and training opportunities and spin off business opportunities for members.

These agreements also help contribute to these objectives.
Communities are sometimes faced with difficult decisions and it is recognized that this was a difficult decision for many. More information will be released to the Squamish Nation members in the coming weeks and months.

For more information, please contact communications@squamish.net to arrange interviews with one of the Squamish Nation spokespersons.

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