What We’ve Heard So Far

Since this project was first considered in 2008, we have learned a considerable amount about Mayo Lake and the concerns that local users have about enhanced storage.

We have discussed this project with the public and the Mayo District Renewable Resources Council. In addition, we’ve been planning the project with the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun for a number of years. Over time, we have learned what your concerns are and how these can be mitigated to address what matters to you.

Fish in Mayo Lake

We recognize the importance of fish in Mayo Lake to local residents, and the environment in general. Our 12 consecutive years of fisheries studies have largely focused on lake trout and lake whitefish – the two fish species that you’ve told us are important to you. These highly detailed studies have filled numerous knowledge gaps about these species, not only in Mayo Lake but also in Yukon as a whole.

access to Mayo Lake

We recognize how important it is to maintain boat access to Mayo Lake. The lake allows users to reach placer claims and carry out important activities such as fishing, hunting and other harvesting activities. We will continue to work towards maintaining access to Mayo Lake, including making improvements to the existing boat launch this year.

traditional land uses and heritage resources

We recognize the strong traditional and cultural connection between the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and the Mayo Lake area, including the Roop Lakes wetlands. We continue to have discussions with the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun to understand and mitigate impacts on traditional land uses and heritage resources in the project area and have worked with the First Nation to prepare the project’s monitoring and adaptive management program.