Healthy Environment and Wilderness

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The Goal

Clean air, water, and soil; healthy habitat; and a sense of wilderness. 

TARGET MEASURE PROGRESS
Reduce number of days when air quality does not meet the Yukon Air quality standards on a 10-year average 
Decrease number of days by 10% by 2020 Average number of days for 2003-2012 is 7.1 days.
Meet the national standard for drinking water quality Maintain at 100%  Meets standards 
Maintain current wilderness areas as identified in the Official Community Plan Maintain at 100%  OCP review underway in 2018-2019
Retain or increase area of regional parks Maintain at 100% or increase  12,655 hectares contained in 5 regional parks

Reduce number of reported human-wildlife conflicts

 Decrease by 5% by 2020  98 incidents were responded to by Conservation Officers in 2014. Subsequent data is not available.

 

 Rationale 

Protecting and enhancing the environment has intrinsic value and is important to a high quality of life for residents. A healthy environment provides ecological services (e.g. clean water, air, soil, and a stable climate) and economic benefits (e.g. recreational activities, tourism).

Jurisdiction

High. The City manages land use and parks, influences transportation-related emissions, and influences ground and surface water use, treatment, and disposal.

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Progress

A Regional Parks Plan was completed in 2014 as a framework for future planning. The Chadburn Lake Park Management Plan was completed in 2017. The City has been working with Government of Yukon to monitor air quality in Whitehorse neighbourhoods and upon finding poor air quality in several neighbourhoods, is working on a Yukon Initiative on Healthy Air.

 

More Information

Read more about work at the City of Whitehorse pertaining to this goal:

Official Community Plan

Regional Parks

Water and waste water treatment and delivery

Parks and Trails