2024. Climate.


Climate. All over the news these days. We are working to understand the impacts in the Upper Skagit. Frequent floods, hotter summers, more fire, changed runoff patterns and glacier loss all affect stream flows and water tempurature. There is an urgency to gaining a greater understanding because places like the Upper Skagit are warming faster than coastal regions.

This isn’t a recent obsession in the Upper Skagit. In 2009 a number of federal, state municipal, tribal, university, and NGO scientists working in the Skagit watershed formed the Skagit Climate Science Consortium or SC2 (http://skagitclimatescience.org), to study climate change effects in the watershed.

“Although it is often difficult to rigorously distinguish between climate change and climate variability at regional scales, a growing body of evidence suggests that we have entered a new era of unprecedented warming.” (2015)
– Introduction to the Skagit Issue. From Glaciers to Estuary: Assessing Climate Change Impacts on the Skagit River Basin (https://tinyurl.com/climate-skagit)

SEEC is now developing the Strategic Plan that will guide the Commission thru to 2029. Like you, we are paying attention to climate science and climate related issues in the Upper Skagit watershed.

Photo: BC Ministry of Transportation, Silver Skagit Road progress