Network Details

Network Type

Water Quality


Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council
Science Department

Program objectives and description

To provide a better understanding of variations in water quality as the Yukon River flows from the Canadian headwaters to the Bering Sea. Additionally, to train community members to collect water samples, to post data on an online database, and to assist in the translation of the data to be useful to the broader Aboriginal communities and beyond. Monitoring is conducted at 12 stations in Yukon and includes sampling of major tributary systems of the Yukon River. In collaboration with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the network has collected 12 years’ worth of baseline data on the Yukon River and its tributaries. Field data and observations are made bi-weekly during open water and samples are collected to be analyzed for a range of water parameter constituents in the Boulder, CO USGS laboratory. This information is processed and made available, via web database, reports & other informational resources, to the stakeholders and greater public.

Sampling Information

Number of sites: 60 total sites, 20 active sites

Parameter measured: Water chemistry - Biological, Water chemistry - Inorganics, Water chemistry - Metals, Water chemistry - Nutrients, Water chemistry - Organics, Water chemistry - Other, Water chemistry - Physical

Period of record: 2008 to present

Sampling frequencies: Every 2 weeks Seasonal

Data availability: Data is available from the YRITWC’s Yukon River Hydrological Information System website or by request.

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Contact Information

Name: Jody Inkster

Address: 7221 7th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1R8

Phone: 1-867-393-2199, 1-907-258-3337

Fax: 1-907-451-2530