Latest News and Updates

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.

Water Level Reports

May 1, 2015

The first water level conditions report of 2015 has been released. Reports provide a general description of flood risk at locations across the Territory and are published weekly throughout the open water season. They are posted on the Environment Yukon webpage and can be found by following the ‘2015 Water Level Reports’ link on the sidebar of this page.

Arctic Climate Change Portal Launched

April 30, 2015

A newly launched portal provides a means to find climate change related information on 18 general themes, including freshwater, across the circumpolar arctic. The site includes a page for submitting new content, which ranges in complexity from academic literature to links for general climate information. An interactive map and search functionality provides simple mechanisms to find information in the area and topic of interest. Check out the new portal at

April Snow Bulletin

April 13, 2015

The April snow survey bulletin has been released. The April survey typically represents the peak snow conditions for the year. The month of March was warm and generally dry throughout the Territory and snow conditions remain variable, with well-below-normal snow in the southwestern Yukon and well-above-normal in the north. Check out this link to the Environment Yukon webpage to find full details on current snow and streamflow conditions:

Canada Water Week

March 19, 2015

This Sunday, March 22nd is UN World Water Day. A day celebrated around the world to share information about water related issues. Check out or for more information on World Water Day and Canada Water Week. Also, visit the newly created ‘2015 Water Forum’ page under ‘Water and You’ to learn more about the recent Yukon Water Forum in Whitehorse where nearly 70 participants from around the Territory gathered to share ideas and discuss water issues.

March Snow Bulletin

March 18, 2015

The first snow survey bulletin of the year has been released. Snow conditions are variable across the territory, with below normal snowpack in the southern Yukon, particularly in the south-east corner, but above normal conditions in the north. The Porcupine River watershed snow water equivalent is reported as 156% of normal, including a record high snowpack for this time of year observed at the Eagle River snow course. Check out this link to the Environment Yukon webpage to find full details on this year’s snow conditions:

Modelling hydrologic responses to climate change

February 7, 2015

The YG Water Resources Branch (WRB) is currently applying a water model tool to investigate the impacts of altered precipitation, temperature, permafrost, and vegetation patterns on Yukon's hydrologic regimes. This modelling tool will enhance WRB's ability to understand the sensitivity of Yukon's water resources to changes in parameters such as precipitation and temperature. This type of research provides decision-makers with valuable data that assist them in developing adaptation measures for a range of water users, including mining, hydroeletric, transportation, agriculture, forestry, tourism, recreation, and municpal sectors. Visit the 'Water and You', Reports page to learn more!