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21 May 2015

Nooksack River: Glacier Runoff Maintains Suitable Aquatic Conditions for Salmon

Illustration from Megan Pelto above left Sholes Glacier from our runoff measurement station above right. Glaciers are a critical water resource in the North Cascades of Washington for hydropower, irrigation , municipal supply and aquatic life. In dry summers glaciers play an even larger role in the overall water budget and maintaining suitable aquatic conditions.  The summer of 2015 will pose particular challenges due to the drought emergency that is likely to …

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6 May 2014

Nooksack River Glacier Runoff Importance

If glaciers did not change in response to climate, we would not have to think about their role in water resources in the watersheds that they reside. During the last two years in an ongoing study with the Nooksack Indian Tribe we have been working on quantifying the role glaciers play in that watershed. Glaciers comprise the headwaters of the Nooksack River and are a critical source of summer discharge …

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