Latest News and Updates

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.

Water Strategy Highlights – Year 2

August 1, 2016

A summary of highlights for year 2 of the three-year $3.35 million water strategy action plan has been posted on yukonwater. Click on ‘Water Strategy – Implementation’ under the ‘Water and You’ header for more information.

Canada-Yukon Infrastructure Agreement Signed for Funding under new Federal Programs

June 30, 2016

An agreement signed last week between the federal and Yukon governments includes over $60 million in funding from Canada and Yukon for 21 projects in the territory through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The funding is to support water and wastewater projects in Yukon communities such as the Town of Faro where pump houses will be rehabilitated, upgrades to water, wastewater lines and the reservoir will be made. Yukon is the first jurisdiction to fully commit funding under this program. More information on the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund in Yukon can be found on the Government of Canada website.

2016 State of the Environment Report Released

May 27, 2016

The State of the Environment Report is now an interactive webpage that provides more information on the condition of Yukon’s Environment. Check out the revamped water section on the Environment Yukon website for information on water quality, river ice, extreme flows, precipitation, and more.

Youth Advisory Board Opportunity

May 13, 2016

Waterlution Canada is in search of youth aged 18-29 who are passionate about water and community leadership to get involved in the Great Waters Challenge through participation in their Youth Advisory Board. The goal of the project is to increase Canadians’ water I.Q. through online challenges and direct community action. Applications are due May 24th, for more information check out Waterlution Great Waters Challenge webpage.

May Snow Bulletin Released

May 6, 2016

The final snow bulletin of the season can now be downloaded from the Environment Yukon website. Above normal April temperatures across Yukon have contributed to early snowmelt and spring runoff. The Stewart, Pelly, Alsek, Peel, Liard and Porcupine Rivers are all well above normal for this time of year.

April Snow Bulletin Released

April 11, 2016

The Department of Environment has released its April snow bulletin, which can be downloaded from the Environment Yukon website. Snowpack values ranged from well below normal in southwestern and southeastern Yukon, to near normal in northern regions. Temperatures remained above normal in March with record breaking temperatures during the final week of the month. The final snow bulletin of the season will be released in early May.

Youth Knowledge Fair- Free Trip to Edmonton

March 24, 2016

Water Resources is seeking a high school aged youth to represent Yukon at an event hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton which is bringing together students from across the Mackenzie River basin to share and learn about water in the basin. Applications are due April 15th, the trip is May 24-27, 2016.

Water Week Events

March 16, 2016

Environment Yukon is celebrating Canada Water Week and World Water Day with a free public film screening and lectures. Come out to the Beringia Centre in Whitehorse on Sunday (Mar 20) and Yukon College Haines Junction campus on Monday (Mar 21) as Daniel Pauly will be speaking about global and Arctic fisheries and the state of our oceans. Then on Tuesday March 22 at 7:00pm at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, there will be a free screening of the award winning film 'Monsoon'.