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Hydrology is the study of water; its properties, distribution and circulation, on and below the earth's surface, and in the atmosphere.  The Hydrology Section within the Water Resources Branch monitors water quantity throughout Yukon.


Hydrometric Network

Active Stations: 67

(including sites monitored by Environment Canada)

Data collected:

A map of current and planned hydrometric monitoring locations included as part of the Yukon Water Strategy can be found at the following link:
Yukon Water Strategy Hydrometric Station Expansion. icon image - this is a pdf file4.78 MB

Visit Yukonwater.ca for more information on monitoring network stations.

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Snow Survey Network

Active Stations: 53

Data Collected:

For snow survey data, visit Snow Survey page and visit Yukonwater.ca for information on monitoring network station locations.

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meteorological station

Meteorological Network

Active Stations:7

Data Collected:

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

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Groundwater Network

Long-term Groundwater Monitoring Program

Active Stations: 9

Data Collected: depth to groundwater

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

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, and some comes through the Rural 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.  On this website, information such as well location (coordinates), elevation, depth, water level, water use and hydraulic connectivity can be found. 

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Wolf Creek Research Basin

wolf creek stream measurementWolf Creek Research basin, near Whitehorse, has been the site of multidisciplinary research since 1992. Research completed in the basin has improved the understanding of cold region hydrology.

Recently, Water Resources Branch secured AANDC funding to conduct further research. The objectives of this research are:

1) To complete a sensitivity assessment of hydrological response to climate warming and associated permafrost thawing using the Cold Regions Hydrological Model (CRHM).

2) To apply the CRHM to other Yukon regions and communities for the purpose of informing adaptation strategies.

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Working with Other Jurisdictions

Hydrology staff represent the territory on several inter-jurisdictional working groups and national and international bodies to exchange information and knowledge on water management issues, hydrometeorology and climate change. These include:

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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