Latest News and Updates

Below normal snow across most of Yukon

March 7, 2016

Yukon Environment has released its March snow bulletin. Snowpack was not as variable as most years, with below normal conditions dominating, particularly in the southwestern Yukon with snowpacks ranging from 51-70% of normal. The full report can be found on the Environment Yukon website.

New Yukon Climate Change Report Released

February 11, 2016

The Yukon Research Centre – Northern Climate ExChange has released a report titled ‘Yukon Climate Change Indicators and Key Findings’. The report outlines trends in key climate indicators and identifies ways in which climate change is affecting the territory, including a section on how climate change is affecting and will continue to affect the hydrologic regime. The report can be found on the Northern Climate ExChange website.

Report on Hydraulic Fracturing

December 29, 2015

A recent report on water and hydraulic fracturing has been released by the Canadian Water Network. The report is a summary of five projects that examined hydraulic fracturing in Canada and investigated “what we know now, what we most need to know, and what is reasonable for advancement through targeted research.” The report can be found on the Canadian Water Network website.

New Water Quality Program Guidance Document

December 2, 2015

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has released a new document to provide guidance for the development of water quality monitoring programs. The document includes steps for defining monitoring goals and objectives, selecting sites and variables, developing sampling protocols, data analysis, and reporting. The document is available on the CCME website.

Free Public Talk This Wednesday, October 28th

October 27, 2015

Hydrologist Richard Janowicz will be presenting this week at the 2015 climate change lecture series co-hosted by the MacBride Museum and the Northern Climate ExChange. The topic is ‘Impacts of climate warming on the hydrologic response of river ice, permafrost, and glacier regimes of northwestern Canada’. The talk is open to the public and gets underway at 7PM at the MacBride Museum.

New Publication on Frost Table Dynamics

September 25, 2015

This Yukon-based research proposes a new approach for calculating frost table depth. This is an important variable for water balance modelling in cold regions as frozen ground controls variables such as water storage and runoff.

New CCME Water Quality Standard for Silver

September 16, 2015

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) has produced an updated water quality guideline for the protection of aquatic life - silver. CCME develops national guidelines on numerous water quality parameters which define acceptable limits for environmental waters. All of the guidelines and supporting material, including the new silver guideline, can be found the CCME website.

Southern Lakes Water Levels Peak

September 14, 2015

The water level at Marsh Lake peaked 12 days later than average this year, based on records which date back 53 years. The August 31st peak was 14cm above the normal peak level and 27cm below flood stage. The above normal precipitation in August contributed to the higher and later peak level this summer.

Water Strategy Highlights - Year One

July 13, 2015

It has been over one year since the Yukon Water Strategy and Action Plan was released. Follow the links under ‘Water and You’ > ‘Yukon Water Strategy’ > ‘Implementation’ for a summary of highlights from the first year.

State of Environment Report Released

May 19, 2015

The annual report covers five subject areas, including water, and provides baseline information on several environmental indicators with the most up to date data. The information is made available to provide insight into the goal of preserving the quality of Yukon’s natural environment.