ENVIRONMENT YUKON






 

 

Hydrogeology

YG photo/John Minder

Hydrogeology is the study of the geological aspects of water, particularly related to water beneath the earth’s surface, referred to as groundwater. Groundwater is a crucial source of water in Yukon with 97% of Yukoners relying on groundwater for their domestic needs.


Development of a Hydrogeology Program

Improved understanding and management of groundwater in the Yukon was identified as a priority item through the Yukon Water Strategy and Action Plan. Establishing a baseline understanding of our extensive groundwater resources and how they are likely to change over time is important to the proper management of these resources. In 2014, a hydrogeologist position was added to the Water Resources Branch to lead this initiative and expand groundwater monitoring in Yukon.

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Groundwater Monitoring       

Long-term Groundwater Monitoring Program

Active stations: 23

Data collected: depth to groundwater; water quality

Visit Yukonwater.ca for                  information on monitoring network station locations.

Oil and Gas Research

The Yukon government (Water Resources Branch, Oil and Gas Resources Branch and Yukon Geological Survey) is collaborating with the University of Calgary on a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) project to develop baseline monitoring techniques to assess potential impacts on groundwater and surface water of oil and gas extraction. YG’s association with this project will enhance government’s ability to establish Yukon-based guidelines and standards on oil and gas activities, including hydraulic fracturing.

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Yukon Water Well Registry

The registry was established in 2005 as a publicly accessible groundwater database containing construction details and groundwater level information from water wells around Yukon. Some information is provided voluntarily, while most comes through the Domestic Well Water Program, which requires reporting about well drilling through a Water Well Drillers Form.
For more information on wells in Yukon, data can be found on the Groundwater Information Network (GIN) website, or by contacting the Water Information Specialist at the Water Resources Branch. Available information includes: well location (coordinates), elevation, depth, water level, water use, and stratigraphy.

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Resources

Contact Water Resources

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-310)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone: 867-667-3171
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 local 3171
Fax: 867-667-3195

Email: water.resources@gov.yk.ca