Fraser River environmental watch report August 21, 2017

Fraser River Environmental Watch Report [PDF]

Ten-day daily forecasts of lower Fraser River temperature and flow conditions as well as current conditions throughout the Fraser basin are updated bi-weekly from roughly late-June until mid-August. These short-range forecasts are generated using the Institute for Ocean Sciences River Temperature and River Flow Forecast Models (Morrison and Foreman 2005).

The latest research on Pacific salmon fresh water migration suggests there are population-specific differences in temperature and flow tolerance thresholds (Lee et al. 2003). These differences likely relate back to the variability in the average river environmental conditions experienced by salmon beginning their river migration at different times of the year and along different paths (Farrell et al. 2008). Despite these differences, there are also species-wide thresholds that will result in migration difficulties for most populations of Fraser River sockeye salmon. We provide species-level thresholds as a guide to interpreting the potential effect of current and forecasted river temperature and flow conditions on returning salmon. However, in general, fish historically returning to the Fraser River in the mid-summer will be more tolerant of higher temperatures than those fish returning in the early or late summer or early fall.

Current Temperatures
20-Aug Daily Mean Historic Mean
Fraser River @ Qualark 18.2 18.6
Fraser River @ Texas Creek 17.2 18.8
Nechako R. @ Isle Pierre NA 18.6
North Thompson @ McLure 15.7 NA
Quesnel R. @ Quesnel 17.1 16.5
South Thompson @ Chase 17.3 19.8
Stuart R. @ Ft. St. James 16.2 17.8
Thompson R. @ Ashcroft 18.4 18.9
Upper Fraser @ Shelley 13.4 14.7
Nechako @ Vanderhoof 16.1 NA
Thompson @ Spences Bridge 18.6 NA
Nautley NA NA
Stellako 16.4 NA
Fraser @ Marguerite 17.3 NA

Fraser River Discharge at Hope

Critical Levels for Fish Passage through Fraser Canyon:

Mean Daily Discharge (m3/s)

Fraser River Water Temperatures at Hope

Mean Daily Water Temparature oC