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May 19, 2015

Skykomish River, Washington Reduced Minimum River Flow and Glacier Retreat

Fording the outlet of Blanca Lake, headwater North Fork Skykomish River. The focus this spring has been on the developing drought in Washington as a result of record low snowpack, the winter was a record warmth though not dry. The focus of this article is on another component of many alpine watersheds, glacier runoff, both the ameliorating role and their reduced ability as they shrink to augment flow during low …