Canadian Geographic - - PARK PROTECTORS -

What we once thought we knew about wa­ter pat­terns in Canada’s Prairies is no longer true in the face of cli­mate change. For in­stance, ear­lier-than-usual snow­pack melt in the moun­tains means less spring runoff for Prairie wa­ter­sheds. Add to that hot­ter tem­per­a­tures, less pre­cip­i­ta­tion and greater de­mands on wa­ter­sheds from agri­cul­ture and in­dus­try, and this per­fect storm of drought-caus­ing fac­tors is ex­pected to in­creas­ingly plague the Prairies, such as this field in St. Jean Bap­tiste, Man.

Michela Rosano (@Michela­jrosano) is Cana­dian Geo­graphic’s as­so­ciate ed­i­tor.

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