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Y2Y water project update briefs

Catch up on recent developments in the Yellowstone to Yukon region from our Spring/Summer 2017 newsletter.

Peel case takes national stage

A river of 7,500 names of participants in the original plan’s final consultation is unfurled at the Supreme Court.  Photo: Protect The Peel After years of legal wrangling, land-use planning in the Peel watershed made its way to Canada’s Supreme Court on March 22.

Six rivers from Yukon’s northern mountain ranges join the Peel River to form a watershed about the same size as Ireland. Threatened by mining, the move to protect the Peel’s rivers and wildlife became a pressing concern in the 2000s for First Nations and conservation groups, including Y2Y.

Thanks to your support, we look forward to the Supreme Court’s decision, expected in six to 12 months.

Photo: A river of 7,500 names of participants in the original plan’s final consultation is unfurled at the Supreme Court.  Credit: Protect The Peel 

RBC supports Y2Y

Alberta headwaters Photo: Karsten HeuerWorking with partners such as RBC’s Blue Water project, Y2Y is able to build and expand programs that highlight regional concerns.

On March 22, World Water Day, RBC announced that more than $2 million would go toward water protection programs delivered by 122 organizations in five countries, including $100,000 for Y2Y’s work in Alberta’s headwaters.

Protecting watersheds like the Bighorn is essential as it sources the North Saskatchewan — a river that provides more than 90 per cent of Edmonton’s water.

Photo: Alberta headwaters. Credit: Karsten Heuer

Columbia plays key climate role

Aerial view of Columbia headwaters. Photo: Stephen LegaultFlowing from rugged mountain headwaters in B.C., the transboundary Columbia River basin is enormous, including parts of seven states, more than 30 tribes and First Nations bands, and one Canadian province.

Research suggests climate change is reducing snowpack, affecting future water security for people and ecosystems — just one of the issues affecting this region.

Thanks to your donations, Y2Y is hiring a Columbia Headwaters Associate to help us understand the future needs of this river, one of the key waterways in the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Photo: Aerial view of Columbia headwaters. Credit: Stephen Legault