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Yukon Community Opens New Treatment Plant

Posted on February 24, 2014
The community of Carcross, Yukon has opened a new water treatment plant, one of the final projects in Yukon’s program to bring community The community of Carcross, Yukon has opened a new water treatment plant. Credit: Iwona Erskine-Kellie. drinking water in line with national regulations. The new $4.3-million plant will treat water from Bennett Lake, which replaces a well as the community’s source of drinking water. “When you look at this building now, it’s impressive,” said Yukon MP Ryan Leef while touring the plant. “The technology, the modernization of this kind of facility is critical for the community. The [...]

Government of Yukon Files Statement of Defence for the Peel Watershed Land-Use Plan

Posted on February 20, 2014
The Yukon government has issued its statement of defence regarding the Peel River watershed land-use plan. Peel River. Credit: Mhalifu. The statement comes after a lawsuit was issued on January 27 by two Yukon First Nations and two environmental organizations. The Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation, the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun, the Yukon Conservation Society, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society say the plan is a violation of land claims signed with First Nations and are asking the Yukon Supreme Court to throw out the plan. In the 11-page statement of defence, the government insists it fulfilled its obligations [...]

Whitehorse Water Services Manager Named Yukon CWWA Representative

Posted on January 8, 2014
The City of Whitehorse has announced water and waste services manager David Albisser as Yukon’s representative on the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA). He will replace interim city manager Brian Crist as the territory’s representative. Whitehorse, Yukon. Credit: Gareth Sloan. “Many of our employees are experts in their fields and have a lot to share,” said Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis. “I’m confident that Dave Albisser will represent us well and bring back any ideas that can benefit our water and wastewater services for Whitehorse citizens.” Albisser’s department oversees Whitehorse’s potable [...]

Yukon Installs New Hydrometric Monitoring Stations

Posted on October 16, 2013
The Government of Yukon has taken steps to enhance its understanding of water distribution, movement, and quality in the territory’s north, an area the government thinks has increasing potential for development. Minister of Environment Currie Dixon announced the water monitoring program upgrades October 10. Photo: Keith Williams “The Yukon government established three new hydrometric monitoring stations over the summer to help us ensure we have the information we need for good decision making,” Dixon said. “This work supports the Draft Yukon Water Strategy goal of strengthening our understanding of Yukon’s surface and [...]

Major $7.5M Yukon Project Underway

Posted on May 6, 2013
Work is well underway on a major $7.5-million water and sewage infrastructure project in Watson Lake, Yukon. L-R: Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor, Watson Lake Mayor Richard Durocher, and Watson Lake MLA Patti McLeod near the expansion site. Credit: The project is being jointly funded by the Yukon and federal governments under the Building Canada Fund. The Yukon government is contributing $455,750 for 2013/2014, with $1.4 million coming from Canada for a total of roughly $1.9 million this year. The multi-year initiative started in 2010 and upgrades are expected to be complete in 2014. A major part of the [...]

Nunavut's New Water Regulations Come into Force

Posted on May 6, 2013
The federal government has bolstered water policy in Nunavut with the implementation of the Nunavut Waters Regulations under the Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act. The new policies aim to strengthen existing environmental protections for the area, while simultaneously encouraging sustainable, responsible resource development. According to a release, the new regulations will include the addition of an approved use of water or deposit of waster without a licence regime, establishment of a minimum threshold for an approved use of water and/or deposit of waste without a licence, a simplification of schedules relating to use of water [...]

WWF Urges Government to Protect Athabasca

Posted on January 20, 2011
Today, WWF-Canada released Securing Environmental Flows in the Athabasca River, a report that urges government agencies to demonstrate their commitment to protecting Alberta’s lower Athabasca River over the long term. The report picks up from the close of the Phase 2 Framework Committee (P2FC), a multi-stakeholder group with representation from the Alberta and federal governments, a First Nation, a Métis association, industry, and environmental organizations, including WWF-Canada, convened to develop recommendations for a new water management plan for the lower Athabasca. Participants in the P2FC process were unable to reach [...]

North 60° Petro Fined for Hydrocarbon Discharge into Yukon River

Posted on November 17, 2010
North 60° Petro Limited pleaded guilty on November 12, 2010, in Whitehorse Territorial Court for failing to comply with an Environment Canada Inspector's Direction requesting that the company stop discharging hydrocarbons into the Yukon River from North 60° Petro Bulk Terminal site in Whitehorse, Yukon. Failure to comply with an Inspector's Direction is a violation of the Fisheries Act, which prohibits the discharge of deleterious substances into fish bearing waters. North 60° Petro Limited was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and make a $28,000 contribution to the Environmental Damages Fund. The Territorial Court has also [...]

FCM Supports Yellowknife Water Wastage Study

Posted on September 16, 2010
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the City of Yellowknife. The City is investing the $90,000 in funding to conduct a feasibility study aimed at evaluating options to upgrade the sewer and water mains at Northlands Condo Corporation to current municipal standards. The underground water and sewer systems in Northlands Condo Corporation, an affordable downtown neighbourhood in Yellowknife, have reached the end of their useful life and surpassed their 25-year life expectancy. The neighbourhood is experiencing significant water loss due to the degradation of sewer pipes [...]

$10.9M for Water in Rankin Inlet

Posted on July 12, 2010
The governments of Canada and Nunavut have made a joint investment of over $10.9 million to support two water and wastewater infrastructure initiatives in Rankin Inlet. “This two phased project will provide the required infrastructure for future housing development in Rankin Inlet,” said Lorne Kusugak, Minister of Community and Government Services and MLA for Rankin Inlet South - Whale Cove. “Sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure is vital in establishing and constructing these new homes as well as the Rankin Inlet Correctional Facility.” Phase one of this initiative includes a new water pressure booster station [...]
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