Latest News and Updates

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 arcticadaptationexchange.com.

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: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/air-water-waste/snow_survey.php

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 unwater.org/worldwaterday or canadawaterweek.com 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: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/air-water-waste/snow_survey.php

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!

Flood Risk Mapping

January 26, 2015

Yukon communities are likely to encounter more frequent flooding in the future as a result of a changing climate. The Reports page provides a wide range of resources and information regarding climate change and the steps Yukon government is currently taking to improve Flood Risk Mapping in the Yukon. Visit the 'Water and You', Reports page for details.

Upcoming Presentation: Nov. 13, 2014!

November 5, 2014

Are you interested in learning more about ongoing research related to climate change and water resources? Please join us next week at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre to hear about recent research in these areas in a presentation delivered by Richard Janowicz (Manager of Hydrology, YG Water Resources). This presentation is entitled "Sensitivity of Yukon Hydrological Response to Climate Warming: A Case Study for Sectorial Climate Change Adaptation" and will commence at 7:30 PM on November 13, 2014.

Plan for Future Water Needs

November 3, 2014

Yukon faces many challenges, such as those presented by a warming climate and growing population. How do we plan to ensure that there is sufficient water to meet the needs of nature and people, both now and in the future? YG has recently expanded its water monitoring programs, which is an example of just one action YG is taking to overcome these challenges. Visit the Plan for Future Water Needs page now to learn more!

Improving Water Management Programs

October 24, 2014

Yukon government is planning to host an annual or biennial Water Forum in Yukon to improve how information is exchanged between water managers and stakeholders. This is just one of the ways YG is improving water management programs in Yukon. Visit the Water Management Programs page to learn more!