This work examined how forest harvesting has impacted warm-season low flows in the Pacific Northwest. In general, an initial increase in low flows was followed by a longer-term decline that lasted for decades in some watersheds. This trend has important implications for environmental flow needs, water allocation decisions, and managing fisheries. Common approaches that are used to model hydrological recovery are also inconsistent with the post-harvest response of low flows.
Robin McKillop is participating in the Working Group that will develop technical content for the National Standard of Canada on a Risk-based Approach for Community Planning in Northern Regions. The Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative is working to help Canada’s Northern regions build resilient infrastructure to withstand and adapt to the changing climate.