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Saturday, September 15, 2012


In 2010 not long before "The Great Flood of 2010", I wrote the post "September - The Best Month".   I gave all my reasons why in my nearly 30 years in Bella Coola it was the best month.  It was barely 3 weeks later that we had the worst flood in recorded history in the Bella Coola Valley followed by a near repeat in 2011 almost on the same day.  I've been very discouraged about that for two years now, but I'm happy to say that I'm back officially declaring September - THE BEST MONTH!   Re-read my 2010 post, all the reasons I gave are stilll perfectly valid.  The blue of the sky this week has been stunning and the air crystal clear..  This photo was taken this week from the mid valley area looking east.

It's tough to beat a forecast like Environment Canada is providing for the next week for Bella Coola.

Have heard from people who have been drifting the Atnarko River that there are very few pink salmon - someone had asked me in a comment if the pink run materialized after the 2010 flood which would have destroyed the vast majority of the spawn in the Atnarko River.  It appears to be a wash - it will take multiple generations (cycles) likely 5 or more (10 years) to rebuild the Atnarko pinks to their historical run size.  The Atnarko Pinks have recovered from disastrous floods before, but it takes time and good management.  Grizzly

1 comment:

  1. We have been blessed with the same great weather. Summer may have been late, but it sure has been great. I like September too. All the good weather and none of the tourists to crowd the best spots. - Margy