Flathead river

Climate Week 2013
11:02 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Warming waters threaten cold water trout

The cold waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River are somewhat buffered from the effects of climate change, but temperatures here, too are rising.
Katrin Frye

As part of our ongoing series in Montana Public Media's "Climate Week", we focus on the impact of climate change on Montana's waters, and the native fish adapted to thrive in cold, glacier-fed streams.

Cold water fish like west slope cutthroat and bull trout call northwest Montana home. However, these native fish could be considered the canary in the coal mine in regard to the effects of climate change. Warming waters, changes in spring runoff, and mid-winter rainfall are among the issues affecting the habitat for these fish.

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Flood potential
3:32 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Watch out - rivers will be high this weekend

Clark Fork river in downtown Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

Our warm temperatures are forecast to last through the weekend, and that means rivers and streams will continue to quickly rise. LeeAnn Allegretto of the National Weather Service says the biggest flooding threat currently is in Lincoln and Flathead counties.

“Right now the only river that may reach flood stage is the Yaak river near Troy,” said Allegretto.”But the Flathead river and all its branches will also see dramatic rises.”

A warm weekend makes it tempting to want to get out onto the rivers, but Allegretto recommends resisting the temptation.

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