Latest News and Updates

Changing Climate and Environment of Western Canada

April 4, 2018

A short documentary featuring the impacts of a changing climate on water in western Canada was recently released and can be accessed from the Environment youtube page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8IbgckLy6k). The video features researchers associated with the Changing Cold Regions Network (CCRN), including studies that were conducted at the Wolf Creek research basin near Whitehorse.

March 22nd - World Water Day

March 22, 2018

World Water Day is an annual event to focus attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to 21st century water challenges. Check out worldwaterday.org for more information, and follow #worldwaterday for stories and events from around the world.

Yukon Water and Wastewater Sector Profile Report

September 20, 2017

The Yukon Water and Wastewater Sector Profile Report has been released and can be accessed under the ‘Water and You - Reports’ section. The report provides a current profile of the sector, developed through original research conducted in Yukon. Data collection included a Water and Wastewater Workshop to seek information from those actively working in or contributing to the sector.

Water Strategy Highlights – Year 3

July 19, 2017

A summary of highlights for year 3 of the Yukon government water strategy and action plan has been released. Click on ‘Yukon Water Strategy – Implementation’ under the ‘Water and You’ header for more information.

WWF Watershed Reports

June 22, 2017

WWF-Canada has launched a website that assesses the overall health and threats to watersheds across Canada. Where sufficient data is available, the report grades watersheds on four health indicators: water flow, water quality, fish, and benthic invertebrates, as well as several threat indicators such as: habitat loss, overuse of water, and climate change. Full results and reports can be found at http://watershedreports.wwf.ca/#intro

BC-YT water management agreement

April 7, 2017

British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Yukon Environment Minister Pauline Frost have signed an agreement pledging to co-operatively manage shared water in the Mackenzie River Basin, specifically the Liard River and its tributaries......

April Snow Bulletin

April 7, 2017

Environment Yukon has released the April snow bulletin. Snowpack values ranged from well below normal in southeastern Yukon, to slightly above normal in southwestern Yukon. To access the full bulletin, click on the link to the right of this page. The final bulletin of the season will be issued in early May.

March 22 - World Water Day

March 22, 2017

UN World Water Day and Canada Water Week are annual events held each March to raise water awareness across the globe. This year’s World Water Day theme is ‘Wastewater’. Over 663 million people currently live without a safe water supply, and by 2030 global demand for water is expected to grow by 50%. Learn more at www.worldwaterday.org.

March Snow Bulletin Released

March 14, 2017

Environment Yukon has released the first snow bulletin of the winter, providing current snow and streamflow conditions across the territory. Snowpack conditions are particularly low in the Liard watershed where a basin-wide average has been estimated to be 51 percent of normal. To access the full March snow bulletin, click on the ‘2017 Snow Bulletin’ link on the right of this page.

Yukon Research and Monitoring Compendium

February 6, 2017

A new website has been launched highlighting research and monitoring within Yukon government. The compendium is an initiative of the Government of Yukon Science Strategy. The webpage includes descriptions of several water related activities in the ‘Environment’ and ‘Climate Change’ sections