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There are three main areas in the site:
Understanding Yukon Water provides information on our water resources. Here you’ll find out about the cycling of water in Yukon and our watersheds, and how we use water, including a focus on drinking water in our communities. You’ll also find information on how climate change is impacting our water resources
Managing Yukon Water describes the players involved in water management in the territory, the legislation, and the licences and permits required when undertaking activities related to water use.
Monitoring Yukon Water presents the water data collection programs in the territory. The Water Data Catalogue provides information for water monitoring sites we’ve managed to compile – this includes their location, sample types, and how to access the data collected – through an interactive map.
The Water Data Catalogue allows users to search for water monitoring sites across the territory. There are six areas of the catalogue designed to help users in their water data searches:
The map display, at the centre of the Water Data Catalogue, shows all water monitoring sites included in the catalogue when first launched, and all sites matching filtered selections once filtering is started.
When a site is clicked, an information window appears with the site name displayed at the top. The four tabs, Data, Point, Network and Agency, provide information on the type and timing of data collected, site location, the network containing the site, and agency responsible, respectively. Where available links to data and agencies websites are provided – these will open in a new tab or window in the web browser.
When sites are too close together to adequately show each individual site, a grouped icon is displayed with the number of stations included in the grouping. For groups of 2 to 5 sites, hovering over the icon causes the individual sites to spin out – these can be clicked to obtain the information window for each individual site in the group.
Panning and zooming can be done using the icons in the top left corner. Panning can also be done by clicking and dragging the mouse. For zooming, users can also use the mouse roller to zoom in and out, double click an area to zoom in, or press the shift key and drag the mouse to zoom to a bounded area of interest.
A scale bar in the bottom right corner shows the scale of the map.
The full screen toggle expands the Water Data Catalogue to take up the full screen. If a link is clicked in full screen mode, the catalogue will revert to normal in-browser view and the link will open in a new tab or window in the web browser.
The filter panel, on the right side of the Water Data Catalogue, allows users to search for water monitoring sites of interest. There are a variety of ways to narrow in on potential sites of interest. Each type of filter can be expanded by clicking the inverted triangle on the left.
There are several ways to filter sites by area.
The Draw On Map filters allow users to draw a rectangle or polygon to delineate the area of interest.
To draw a rectangle:
Sites in the rectangle will be selected and be visible on the map.
To reset the rectangle filter click on the rectangle icon twice, or click on clear area in the area panel.
To draw a polygon:
Sites in the polygon will be selected and be visible on the map.
To reset the polygon filter click on the polygon icon twice, or click on clear area in the area panel.
The Enter Coordinates filters allow users to draw a point or enter coordinates and add a buffer to delineate the area of interest.
To draw a point and buffer:
Sites in the buffered area will be selected and be visible on the map.
To reset the point filter click on the point icon twice, or click on clear area in the area panel.
To enter coordinates and buffer:
To reset the coordinate filter click on clear area in the area panel.
There are several ways to filter sites by type.
The Network Type filters allow users to filter based on the type of network sought. Each network is classified as Aquatic Health, Hydrometeorological or Water Quality based on the dominant type of sampling undertaken. A description of each network type is given in Monitoring types.
Sites with the corresponding network type will be selected and be visible on the map.
The Sample Type filters allow users to filter based on the type of samples collected at each water monitoring site. Each sample type is subdivided into parameter classes. An entire sample type can be selected, or only one or several parameter classes within each sample type. There is no limit to the number of sample types and parameter classes that can be selected. A description of the sample types and parameter classes is given in <Sample types>. A listing of parameters included in each parameter class is also provided to aid parameter-based searches.
All sites that contain at least one of the filtered selections will be selected and be visible on the map.
The Site State filters allow users to filter based on whether or not a site is in a more or less natural or baseline state (i.e., in a location that is relatively unaffected by human activity).
There is one way to filter sites by reporting source.
The Reporting Sources filters allow users to filter based on the agency responsible for sampling. A description of the agencies involved in water monitoring in Yukon is given in <Agencies>.
There is one way to filter sites by watershed.
The Watersheds filters allow users to filter based on the watershed of interest. The three Major Drainages Areas are subdivided into Major Yukon Basins, which are then subdivided into Minor Yukon Basins. An entire major drainage area can be selected, or only one or several major or minor Yukon basins. There is no limit to the number of major drainage areas and major or minor Yukon basins that can be selected. Major and minor Yukon basins can be displayed on the map through the <layers icon>.
There are several ways to filter sites by time period.
The Sampling Status filters allow users to filter based on whether a site is Active (currently being sampled) or Discontinued (no longer being sampled).
The Year Range filter allows users to filter based on the time period of interest.
All sites with sampling within the selected range of time will be selected and be visible on the map.
The glossary and tips icons, on the upper left side of the Water Data Catalogue, take users to help pages provided to clarify terminology and aid catalogue usage.
The glossary is an alphabetical listing of all terms used in the filter panel, the in-catalogue report, pdf reports and .csv files.
Further explanation of the agencies involved in monitoring can be found in the Agencies page.
Further explanation of the network types can be found in the Monitoring Types page.
Further explanation of the networks can be found in the Networks page
Further explanation of the sample types and parameter classes can be found in the Sample Types page.
The tips page provides information to aid website and catalogue usage.
The layers and mapping tools icons, clustered to the right of the glossary and tips icons, allow users to view and identify several natural and administrative boundaries that could facilitate site searches, and measure distances.
Several map layers are included in the Water Data Catalogue. These are natural and administrative boundaries deemed relevant to water monitoring data searches:
To use map layers:
To remove layers from the map, open the layer menu, unclick the selected layers, and close the layer menu.
Map layers can be identified for any given location using the identify tool.
To identify map layers:
To close the identify window click on the arrow in the upper right corner of the window.
To turn off the identify tool click on the identify tool icon – it should go back to the original lighter blue colour.
Distances can be measures on the map using the measure tool.
To measure a non-direct path, single click at the end of each straight line segment until the end point is reached. Double click on the end point.
To close the distance box click on the arrow in the upper right corner of the box.
To turn off the measure tool click on the meausre tool icon – it should go back to the original lighter blue colour.
The results report provides details of filtering results. There are several levels of reporting.
The results bar is always visible at the bottom of the Water Data Catalogue. It shows how many sites are captured by the currently selected filters, and qualifies the type and timing of samples collected at these sites.
When filtering is complete, clicking on the the ‘View and Export Detailed Report’ button will open an in-catalogue results report.
The in-catalogue results report displays the network and site information of the sites captured by the currently selected filters.
The report initially displays information for each network with sites captured. Links to agency and dataset webpages are provided, in addition to an outline of the type and timing of samples collected and the number of stations in mapped/unmapped, active/discontinued and natural/other categories.
Using the inverted triangle icon in the upper right hand corner of the network entry, the entry can be expanded to show the sites. Information about the site location and the type and timing of samples collected are provided.
Sites can be removed from the filtered results by clicking the Exclude this site icon (a minus sign) in the top right corner of the site entry.
Several options are provided to download the results.
The Network Report provides the network information in a pdf format similar to the unexpanded in-catalogue report.
The Sites Data provides comma separated values – this download is a compressed (zipped) folder containing the network site data, the attribute definitions, and the attribute value definitions.
When less than 100 sites are selected a Sites Report can also be downloaded in pdf.