Latest News and Updates

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

New Access to National Water Quality Data

January 4, 2017

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has launched a new Open Data portal for long-term water quality monitoring data. The website includes access to data from 11 long-term monitoring locations in Yukon where monitoring is conducted as a partnership between ECCC and Environment Yukon. The data portal can be found at http://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/5133b19b-6a92-44b2-8b12-a49731b56421

Great Waters Challenge

October 4, 2016

The Great Waters Challenge is designed for youth under 30 across Canada to uncover stories about how Canada's identity is connected to its waterways in lead up to Canada’s 150th. With over $7000 worth of exciting prizes to be won, this challenge inspires youth to get involved in their communities through a series of challenges released every 2 weeks (a total of 4 challenges). Extended Deadline for Yukon is October 10. To sign up visit: www.waterlution.org/gwc16

Hazard Mapping in Yukon Communities

September 15, 2016

Researchers from the Northern Climate ExChange have released a set of hazard maps and reports covering 8 Yukon communities. The project, initiated in 2010, identified hazards related to permafrost, landslides, and flooding by considering both current conditions and future climate variability. All of the maps are available on the Yukon College Research Centre website.

Water Data Catalogue Updated

August 4, 2016

This year’s update of the water data catalogue includes the addition of two new networks: Water Licence Water Quality (WLWQ) and Water Resources Groundwater Monitoring (WRGM). This addition results in around 800 new sampling sites plotted on the interactive map. The large increase in sampling sites (catalogue total to 2310), is primarily due to the inclusion of the WLWQ network. Samples included in the WLWQ Network are primarily comprised of surface and groundwater chemistry data submitted to the Yukon Water Board as required within water licenses. Click on the ‘View Water Data Catalogue’ button on the right of this page to check out the new networks.