The water levels in the Coldstream River near Victoria are lower than usual due to drought conditions, which are expected to persist through 2024. Meteorologists predict milder and drier conditions this winter, leading to a low snowpack, raising concerns for another devastating wildfire season. Premier Eby expressed concerns about the potential for another awful fire season and drought next year. The wildfires last summer forced evacuations and the province is seeking feedback on improving its emergency support system. The ecosystem, particularly salmon, will be hit hard if another dry year lies ahead. Ranchers and farmers are also concerned about the impact on forage and vegetable production. The hope is that the onset of snow will help avoid a repeat of the drought and destruction of last year. People are encouraged to take part in the survey to provide feedback on how to improve the emergency support system. These worries and concerns are shared by many in the region as they face the potential for another difficult year due to the ongoing drought conditions.