Fraser

Mixing fieldwork with artwork
Mixing fieldwork with artwork

I’m back here in B.C. for a quick, but action-packed, visit to the Fraser.  Last weekend was the opening of the “My River, My Home” science-art exhibit at the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRD…


Crossing the Rubicon
Crossing the Rubicon

In the wee hours of the morning today, the Fraser passed a symbolic threshold: discharge at Hope is now above 10,000 cubic meters per second. …


Nowhere to go but up
Nowhere to go but up

As I unpack the information held in these samples over the coming months, I hope to learn about how this river transmits the products of photosynthesis and respiration on land to the coastal ocean.…


On the pulse
On the pulse

The Fraser is doing its best to transition to freshet mode. The cooler weather has slowed its initial surge, but the water level, along with turbidity and dissolved organic matter, are still on the ri…


The molecules floating in darkness have seen a great light
The molecules floating in darkness have seen a great light

As I struggled to fill the first of five small bottles with filtered water this afternoon, I decided I was finally ready to accept that the freshet has started. It’s a miracle I can type at all righ…


It's always sunny in Cascadia
It’s always sunny in Cascadia

Last week saw just about the nicest weather you could hope for in the Fraser Valley. In addition to making the water sampling ridiculously pleasant, the solid week of warm sunshine jump-started the s…


Don't blink!
Don’t blink!

I’m back in British Columbia to sample the Fraser River during the most dynamic time of year: the spring freshet.…


Nothing gold can stay
Nothing gold can stay

After three fast-paced days of sampling and filtering, our expedition has finally come to an end. On Monday we finally got into the Fraser River, thanks to Metro Port Vancouver, who once again offered…


Up in the air
Up in the air

Yesterday was perhaps our most exciting day. We had the opportunity to take a small plane flight over the lower portion of the Fraser valley.…


The end of the road
The end of the road

In between our sampling stops over the past few days, we have had the opportunity to take in some of the natural beauty of the zone through which the Fraser climbs up from its flat northern peneplain,…


Pass the DEET
Pass the DEET

A wise man named Eddie Izzard once said "I'm covered in bees!" I think we can all relate to this scenario after today's sampling experience, during which we were attacked by hordes of ravenous mosquit…


You think you know a river
You think you know a river

Since leaving Lillooet, we've made two big detours on two long days of driving to sample tributaries off the beaten track. Since Highway 97 leaves the Fraser for long stretches between Lillooet and Pr…


It's a little bit country
It’s a little bit country

The real highlight of the day was driving through the Chilcotin canyon. The area looks completely different from what we saw on our last two visits.…


The canyon walls are high and hard to climb
The canyon walls are high and hard to climb

Since the last post, we've covered quite a bit of ground. After finishing our Hope station yesterday morning, we hit the road for Lytton, stopping at Hell's Gate on the way. …


The thing with feathers
The thing with feathers

There was much rejoicing when we learned that our gear had finally arrived at UFV this morning. Not a moment too soon, as we were rearing to hit the road and start some serious sampling. …


Sea of complexity
Sea of complexity

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter C: condensation, coffee, chutney, contrafibularities, and clogged filters.…


Fiddleheads and forts
Fiddleheads and forts

Welcome back to the Fraser River expedition blog! Over the next three weeks, we will be posting updates and musings on our experiences collecting samples from across lower British Columbia. …


The last hurrah
The last hurrah

All of our sampling finally behind us, our expedition draws to a close. Yesterday was in some ways the simplest day, and in others the most ambitious.…


Training Days
Training Days

An important aspect of the Global Rivers Project is acquiring a time series. For weekly samples from the Fraser Basin, we are indebted to our colleagues at the University of Fraser Valley --- Steven M…


It's not easy being ionic
It’s not easy being ionic

The follow-up to yesterday’s exciting tale of organic chemicals features our inorganic measurements!…


Looking beyond particles, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the dissolved phase
Looking beyond particles, or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the dissolved phase

We decided the time has come to describe some of the other samples we’re collecting and what they add to the global rivers project.…


Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Edelweiss, Edelweiss

Today we sampled the Chilcotin River, a tributary flowing through the dry belt between the Coast Range and Cariboo/Rocky Mountains. This truly unique corner of B.C. features bunchgrass, bighorn sheep,…


A Homemade Laboratory
A Homemade Laboratory

Each evening we transform a hotel room into a laboratory.…


Tributaries take center stage
Tributaries take center stage

Halfway through the journey through the Rocky Mountain Trench, our surroundings quickly changed from rugged foothills to rolling plains.…