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Pilot Project Improves Access to Mackenzie River Basin Freshwater Data

Posted on November 5, 2015
The Gordon Foundation has launched the pilot phase of Mackenzie DataStream, an online platform to provide access to information about the quality of freshwater in the Mackenzie River Basin. The system was built to promote knowledge sharing and support collaboration and evidence-based decision-making throughout the Basin. “This pilot project will make full water quality data as accessible as possible in useable formats. Now that Mackenzie DataStream is live, we look forward to receiving feedback on how people are using it,” said Carolyn Dubois, Program Manager at The Gordon Foundation. “We are actively seeking partnerships with [...]

Verdict of the Peel Watershed Appeal

Posted on November 5, 2015
The end of a long and emotional legal battle to prevent extensive natural resource development in the Peel watershed has ended in favour of wilderness preservation. The Yukon Court of Appeal upheld the Supreme Court's verdict that the Yukon government did not respect the terms of the land use agreement that had been signed by all affected governments, and that the Yukon government’s amended Plan for the watershed is legally null. The ruling vindicates the arguments advanced by a coalition of the First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Yukon Chapter, and the Yukon [...]

B.C. and the Northwest Territories Sign Transboundary Water Management Agreement

Posted on October 15, 2015
British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources Minister J. Michael Miltenberger signed an agreement today committing both governments to co-operatively manage water in the Mackenzie River Basin. Through the British Columbia and Northwest Territories Bilateral Water Management Agreement, which focuses on the Liard and Petitot watersheds, both governments are committing to protecting the ecosystems within the basin with science-based thresholds, as well as the interests of all citizens, including First Nations. The transboundary water agreement between N.W.T. and B.C [...]

Laurier-Northwest Territories Partnership Receives $3.2 Million

Posted on June 3, 2015
The funding will help researchers better understand the region's waters, forests, and fish, like the one pictured here in Hidden Lake, Northwest Territories. Credit: Mike Beauregard via Flickr Wilfrid Laurier University’s Changing Arctic Network (CANet) research team was awarded $3.2 million in funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to continue to build Laurier’s global leadership in cold regions environmental research. The funding will provide the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada with improved knowledge about fragile northern environments, including learning how to properly [...]

Watson Lake Gets Much Needed Upgrades to Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Posted on June 2, 2015
On May 30, representatives from all levels of government gathered at Watson Lake, Yukon to celebrate the completion of a multi-phase, multi-year $7.5-million water and wastewater infrastructure project and to mark the beginning of construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. “Our government understands the positive impact that quality infrastructure has on economic growth, job creation, and long-term prosperity,” said MP for Yukon Ryan Leef. “We are pleased to invest in this major initiative in Watson Lake because it provides modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure—a key component of strong, healthy, prosperous [...]

Northwest Territories Propose New Filing Requirements for Fracking Companies

Posted on April 2, 2015
On April 1, the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) announced new regulations setting out the filing requirements for companies intending to pursue hydraulic fracturing operations in the territory. Under the new requirements, industry must meet additional guidelines related to baseline surface and groundwater information, public disclosure, air quality, and enhanced reporting. Credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters “These enhancements are part of a made-in-the-NWT approach that balances our commitment to protecting NWT lands, water, and wildlife with resource and economic development that can provide opportunities and self-sufficiency [...]

NWT, Alberta Sign “Unparalleled” Water Management Deal

Posted on March 19, 2015
Alberta and the Northwest Territories have signed an agreement to protect the integrity of water flowing downstream from Alberta to the Northwest Territories. The Alberta-Northwest Territories bilateral water management agreement commits both governments to co-operatively manage water resources. The agreement focuses on aquatic ecosystems in the Mackenzie River Basin, the longest and largest river system in Canada. “Water is a vital resource that knows no boundaries. We are committed to ensuring Albertans and our neighbours in the Northwest Territories have access to a healthy and sustainable water supply, now and in the future," [...]

Canada and Northwest Territories Sign Water-Monitoring Agreement

Posted on March 11, 2015
The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced a new cooperative water-monitoring agreement, which will help advance the understanding of the ongoing collection, processing, publication, and distribution of water-quantity data in the territory. The Memorandum of Agreement on Hydrometric Monitoring allocates $2.8 million for the territory's hydrometric-monitoring program, which will be supported by Environment Canada and the Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with a portion covered by commercial contributions. Similar partnerships exist between Canada and all of the provinces and [...]

Yukon Rural Water Well Program Now Available in Municipalities

Posted on November 27, 2014
Yukoners living inside municipal boundaries may now have access to the province’s successful Rural Domestic Water Well Program, which has been in place since 2004. The program has thus far helped nearly 250 property owners living in unincorporated areas find sustainable and affordable access to drinking water through domestic well development. Amendments to the Municipal Act and Assessment and Taxation Act were necessary to extend the program to residents of participating municipalities. “The Yukon government is pleased to create this opportunity for residents of participating municipalities to take advantage of funding that [...]

Peel River Watershed Trial Begins

Posted on July 7, 2014
The trial over land-use planning for the Peel River watershed in northern Yukon begins July 7. The First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Tr’ondek Hwech’in, the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS), and the Yukon chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS Yukon) believe the government’s decision to adopt its own plan for the watershed violated the process mandated in Yukon’s aboriginal land-claim settlements (For more information, click here). The Yukon Government’s plan would see 29 per cent of the Peel River watershed protected. Credit: Mhalifu. “Yukon Government’s unilateral decision to accept their own [...]
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