As climate change intensifies, rivers like the Nooksack throughout the West are becoming less predictable. They’re running shallow in prolonged droughts or extreme heat, then flooding during volatile storms—and that unpredictability is exacerbating old conflicts between farmers and conservationists over how those rivers should be managed. In the case of the Nooksack, farmers on both sides of the border say the U.S. could save their communities if it managed the river more aggressively, with regular dredging and other flood-control measures. But Indigenous groups—and the scientists who agree with them—say such changes could be disastrous to a river that’s already at risk of ecosystem collapse.
Source: The Fern