The Province is seeking your feedback on a proposal to update British Columbia’s (B.C.) drought level scale.
Drought severity in B.C. is currently communicated to British Columbians through four “drought levels” on a scale of 1 (normal conditions) to 4 (extremely dry conditions). In light of feedback received over the years, the Province is proposing to update and expand the existing drought levels to a six-level scale that better aligns with the North American Drought Monitor best practices. The proposed changes are intended to more accurately describe water scarcity conditions in B.C. and allow for improved protection of water resources and local aquatic ecology.
The Province intends to run a trial of the proposed drought levels over summer 2021, pending the review of feedback received during this engagement period and any revisions to the proposal.
For an explanation of the updates to the drought level scale, please watch this short video.
We invited you to share your thoughts on the proposed updates to the drought levels by leaving a comment below or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments were accepted March 1 until March 31, 2021 at 5:00pm.