NWT Water Monitoring Bulletin – May 20, 2022

News Type: 
Water monitoring bulletin

The Government of the Northwest Territories maintains water monitoring stations across the territory to keep track of water levels and flow rates in areas of potential flood risk for communities.

This information is provided regularly to territorial and regional emergency managers to help understand the status of waterways across the NWT in the lead-up to, and during spring break-up – the highest-risk period for floods in the Northwest Territories.

Technical data

Current status - NWT

  • Ice is moving well along the Mackenzie River;

    • The main push has now passed through Fort Good Hope;

    • Ice was reported to move on the Mackenzie River moved yesterday near Tsiigehtchic;

  • Water levels under ice continue to increase in the Mackenzie River Delta, as is normal for this time of year;

    • The timing of breakup in the Delta is average relative to the previous 20 years.

  • Ice is moving on the Peel River;

    • Water levels on the Peel River have begun to rise again after pausing briefly in response to cool weather.

Peel River and Beaufort Delta


Above – Peel River at Fort McPherson hydrometric gauge photo from May 20 at 09:00. Photo courtesy of Water Survey of Canada and GNWT.


Above – Mackenzie River above Aklavik hydrometric gauge photo from May 19 at 20:00. Photo courtesy of Water Survey of Canada and GNWT.