Network Details

Network Type

Water Quality


Government of Yukon
Yukon Energy, Mines, and Resources - Compliance Monitoring & Inspections

Program objectives and description

To monitor water quality under the Fish Habitat Management System for Yukon Placer Mining. Water quality and quantity data are collected from 13 of the 18 Yukon watersheds that are subject to historic or ongoing placer mining activity. As many as 28 automated sampling stations are deployed seasonally (mid-May through September), with an additional 260 sites monitored on a sporadic basis. The network also includes a meteorological monitoring component to assist in the interpretation of the collected water quality data, with 16 portable weather stations deployed annually over the sampling period in the major watersheds.

Sampling Information

Number of sites: 309 total sites, 309 active sites

Parameter measured: Water chemistry - Inorganics, Water chemistry - Metals, Water chemistry - Nutrients, Water chemistry - Physical, Meteorological - Precipitation, Hydrological - Streamflow discharge, Meteorological - Temperature

Period of record: 2008 to present

Sampling frequencies: Continuous Seasonal, Periodically Seasonal

Data availability: 1992 to 2007: water quality only, available in hard copy format. 2008 to present: data from stations stored on Yukon Placer Secretariat website.

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Contact Information

Name: Mark Nowosad

Address: PO Box 2703 (K-325) Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2C6

Phone: 1-867-667-3211

Fax: 1-867-667-3199