Healthy Environment and Wilderness

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The Goal

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

TARGET MEASURE BASELINE
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
Reduce per capita water consumption 
Decrease by 10% by 2020 ... 
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%  ... 
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 responded to by Conservation Officers in 2014

 

 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

 Good. Five Regional Parks were established and a Green Space Network Plan was identified in the 2010 Official Community Plan. Citizens are consulted in ongoing planning work.

 

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