Extremes

2008
Size: 122 cm h x 91 cm w, 48” h x 36” w
Media: Collage, ink print from a sockeye and oil paint on canvas
Sale price: Sold

Approximately 90,000 square miles of British Columbia is drained by the Fraser River and its tributaries. The majority of the water enters the system from the interior mountains and plateaus, as well as the coastal mountains. The first recorded flood levels date back to 1876 in Mission and 1912 in Hope, and the highest recorded levels are 1894, 1948, 1950, 1972 and 2007 respectively. On the flip side, global warming is contributing to extended periods of warm dry weather and low winter snow packs. These conditions cause below-normal water flows and higher-than-normal water temperatures, all of which are a concern to the sustainability of the Fraser River.

Resources:

Final Report of the Fraser River Board on Flood Control and Hydro -electron Power in the Fraser Basin. pp. ix, x.

Fisheries and Ocean’s Canada, Salmon Update. Mar. 20 2001. River Water Levels and Temperatures. www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/release/p-releas/2001/nr036_e.htm.

Wood, Chris. “Fraser River Will Surge over Dikes, Experts Find: Study predicts 'multiple dike failures.' But government has cut warning system.” August 10, 2006. www.thetyee.ca/News/2006/08/10/FraserRiver/.