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Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary to us! As we begin our 75th year, we are hitting the ground running and are excited for what's in store in 2022. To kick things off we have a few reminders: the Call for Abstracts for #CWRA2022 is open, we are still accepting applications for our graduate scholarships, and it is definitely time to register for the flood management workshop hosted by BC in late January in advance of our midterm board meeting. One other thing: our Anniversary challenge to you - forward this to a friend or colleague to extend our reach and broaden our membership. Now, more than ever, we need all hands on deck to effectively and sustainably manage Canadian water.

Webinars on tap
CWRA SYP Water Talks

January 26, 1 pm ET: A Conceptual Framework for Water and Sanitation Services: The Uganda Case Study. Angela Huston, IRC.

Recent research from Sub-Saharan Africa shows how a public service systems perspective can be applied to solving the complex challenge of providing universal access to water and sanitation services at country level. A conceptual framework for water and sanitation services was developed and applied in six countries with the aim to study these systems and foster greater alignment of implementing actors to improve practice. The case of Uganda and its district of Kabarole is used to show how participatory mixed methods can be used to develop and test solutions at local level as a way to plan for change at a larger scale. Learn more and register here.

All Students: Free
CWRA Members: Free
CWRA Non-Members: $15

Please note that our paid webinars have a two-step registration process. After checking out through the payment website, you will receive a link to finish your registration for the webinar with your payment confirmation email. You must sign up through the confirmation email link to receive attendance information for the event.

The virtual HEC-RAS training being offered by the CWRA Saskatchewan Branch in January and February is almost SOLD OUT. The training will be delivered to small classes (maximum of 15 participants) through Microsoft Teams and consists of a mix of lectures and hands-on workshops. Three courses are being offered:

Basic (Steadystate, 1D) HEC-RAS: January 24-28 (Full)
Unsteady HEC-RAS and Dam Break Analysis: February 7-10 (Full)
2D HEC-RAS Analysis: February 21-24 (Almost full - register NOW if interested)

To be added to our waitlist email with the name of the course you wish to attend (and "waitlist" in the subject line).
For more information, and to register, visit the event website
Registration deadline: January 17, 2021
Do not delay! Registration is open for CWRA's Flood Management Workshop
January 28, 2022.

The workshop will focus on flood management in BC. To register, or for more information, including the speaker lineup, please visit our event page. Note: 
  • This event will not be recorded.
  • After registration, if you are not able to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person by emailing
  • This event is free for CWRA SYP members. 
Save the Date! CSHS Workshop

February 18, 1-4 pm ET: PAVICS-Hydro: Open-source Hydrological Modelling as a Service

This afternoon workshop will consist of a one-hour presentation introducing the function and application of PAVICS-Hydro followed by two hours of demonstrations and exercises. Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of hydrology/hydrologic modelling, ideally with some experience using the python programming language.

CWRA+CSHS Member: Free
CWRA Non-member: $60
Student/SYP CWRA+CSHS Member: Free
Student/SYP Non-member $20

Stay tuned - registration will open soon!

Proof of CWRA's year spent online (scratchpad calculations)

An average of seven attendees in 286 web meetings totaling over 20,000 minutes

A total of 1600 registrants listened for over 4000 minutes and asked 380 questions during 38 webinars and workshops!

Water we Reading?
Groundwater overview: Making the invisible visible
Every year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. The theme also sets the focus for the annual World Water Development Report. An annual theme is proposed by UN-Water Members and Partners two to three years in advance. At its meeting in Rome last week, UN-Water decided that "Groundwater: making the invisible visible" will be the theme for World Water Day 2022.

Globally, invisible groundwater resources are under increasing pressure due to human activities and climate change. Our response to this pressure is often not adequate, also due to limited awareness of the importance of groundwater resources. The Groundwater Overview was prepared to showcase the essentials and the credentials of groundwater, placed within the broad spectrum of UN-Water Member’s and Partner’s activities. It is meant to inform about groundwater-related activities, to enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration, and to raise awareness about our most important hidden resource: groundwater. Download the Groundwater Overview pdf here.

Happy Anniversary to us!

2022 marks the 75th anniversary of CWRA. We are planning a special (and limited) print edition of Water News to celebrate that incredible milestone and we want to include your memories.

While some things may have changed since 1947 (!) other things have not. At its heart, CWRA is still about people getting together to promote the sustainable and effective management of water in Canada. And this year, more than others, we need to remember that we have a long, successful, and happy history of getting together in person to share thoughts and laughs, and we will again.

Do you have any photos, stories, or short anecdotes to share? Do you have an idea for a special retrospective or column in the anniversary issue? Send us an email - we’ll be happy to consider it. The deadline for submissions for the issue Is March 31, 2022, so please, start searching through your shoe boxes of photos now!

Reminder: Applications are being accepted for the 2022 CWRA graduate scholarships!

The Scholarship Committee has updated the process of application for 2021-2022 to an applicant-led submission process that will not be limited to one student per department. Eligible applicants will not need to go through departmental competition before they apply. Applicants are responsible for completing the application, and will submit just one application to be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. CWRA is excited to announce that we will also be awarding a sixth scholarship in 2022 to an Indigenous graduate student. Please visit our website for more information.

The application deadline for submission is February 14, 2022.
Notification will be provided to all applicants prior to March 31, 2022.

Les instructions en français pour le processus de candidature seront affichées sous peu.

Bi-weekly Paper Series
Welcome back everyone: here are five papers to start the Gregorian New Year off in a good way. Rodríguez et al. (2021) introduce a novel framework for assessing how a project is vulnerable to climate change and risk in a spatial context, whereas Panos et al. (2021) assess how urban stormwater drainage systems are affected by climate and land use change. Moggridge and Thompson (2021) indicate the necessity for Indigenous-led research in a changing world and provide examples from an Australian context. Biogeochemical cycles are examined by Ury et al. (2022) and Cheng et al. (2020). Ury et al. (2022) present the results of lab experimentation showing how saltwater intrusion affects soil biochemistry, whereas Cheng et al. (2020) relate wetland area and spatial distribution of wetlands to water quality.  
1. Cheng FY, Van Meter KJ, Byrnes DK, Basu NB. 2020. Maximizing US nitrate removal through wetland protection and restoration. Nature 588 (7839): 625–630 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-020-03042-5

Biogeochemical cycles and the geography of how wetlands remove Nitrogen across the United States: a novel methodology; simulations related to wetland placement; and why an increase in wetland area improves water quality.

2. Moggridge BJ, Thompson RM. 2021. Cultural value of water and western water management: an Australian Indigenous perspective. Australasian Journal of Water Resources 25 (1): 4–14 DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2021.1897926

Australian Indigenous people, water and colonization: the necessity for Indigenous-led research and methods, and why Eurocentric water management cannot provide sustainable use in the context of people, places and geography.

3. Panos CL, Wolfand JM, Hogue TS. 2021. Assessing resilience of a dual drainage urban system to redevelopment and climate change. Journal of Hydrology 596: 126101 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126101

Quantifying resilience of urban stormwater drainage systems to climate and land use changes: an example of Denver, Colorado; application of the SWMM model; and a conceptual framework using the concept of "tipping points."

4. Rodríguez DJ, Paltán HA, García LE, Ray P, St. George Freeman S. 2021. Water-related infrastructure investments in a changing environment: a perspective from the World Bank. Water Policy 23 (S1): 31–53 DOI: 10.2166/wp.2021.265

Tools for project assessment to ensure water security and to reduce risk: web-based data visualization; screening for climate and hazards; and a novel decision tree framework for assessing project vulnerability to climate change.

5. Ury EA, Wright JP, Ardón M, Bernhardt ES. 2022. Saltwater intrusion in context: soil factors regulate impacts of salinity on soil carbon cycling. Biogeochemistry 157 (2): 215–226 DOI: 10.1007/s10533-021-00869-6

This paper examines salinization in coastal wetlands and soil biochemistry: effects of salinity and pH on soil carbon and microbial respiration examined using a lab experiment involving samples of soil from two sites.

2022 Conference Updates

Call for Abstracts #CWRA2022

We are now accepting abstracts for oral presentations and poster sessions in preparation for the 2022 National Conference. All submissions must comply with guidelines outlined here. The deadline for abstract submission is February 4, 2022. If you have questions or problems with your submission, please contact for assistance.

A COVID-safe Conference

The conference organizing committee is committed to meeting the highest standard of safety for COVID protocols, which means requiring proof of vaccination.

Job Board
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Technologist, Hydrometric Operations (2 Positions)

Location: North Battleford, SK; Nipawin, SK
Application deadline: January 15, 2022

The Water Security Agency (WSA) is looking for two new members of the Hydrometric Operations group.
Reporting to the Supervisor, Hydrometric Field Operations, an employee in this job will, in both field and office settings and within an assigned district, undertake duties associated with the WSA’s Hydrometric Program specific to the collection, processing, and documentation of hydrological and other related environmental data.

For more information, including how to apply, please visit our job board.

Did you know that CWRA members enjoy a 10% discount on job postings? If you would like to post a job on our website and have it announced through our bi-weekly eblasts, email for rate information. FYI: check back often, jobs are posted on the website as soon as we receive them!

Become a CWRA 2022 Conference Sponsor or Exhibitor!

Sponsorship and exhibitor details and benefits are now available on our website. Additional details can be found within the Conference Prospectus. If you would like to become either a sponsor or exhibitor please email the conference planning committee at


Northwest Hydraulic Consultants is proud to celebrate its 50th year specializing in water resources as the Platinum sponsor for the 2022 National Conference in Canmore, June 5 to 8. Please visit the conference website for complete details on the conference and how you can participate.

Meet our Members
Say hi to James Craig

While James has toiled in the CWRA background for a number of years, we've now got him front and centre at CWRA National and we couldn't be happier. He asks great questions, is actively contributing to our strategic planning efforts, and is fun to hang out with to boot! Sorry we can't help you escape #GradingJail James (or help with elementary school English homework) but if you need a break or a sympathetic ear - you know where to find us!

Thanks for everything you do for CSHS and CWRA, James, we appreciate it.
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I’m an associate professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. My job involves teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, performing research in the general area of computational hydrology, and a variety of administrative/service roles. I also wear a few other professional hats, including acting as a technical consultant, Canada Research Chair in Hydrologic Modelling, lead developer of the Raven hydrological modelling framework, and current president of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences, which is my primary connection to CWRA.

I am blessed to have a job where I can juggle (and occasionally thrive in) all of these roles, doing a range of things I love – teaching, graduate student supervision, learning, programming, puzzle solving, and pushing to make both my workplace and community incrementally better.  I also am forced to do a few things I like less in order to make this happen: grant management, tech support, reviewing grants and scientific manuscripts, and – the worst – exam marking. It’s all worth it though: the nice thing about academia is I am effectively my own boss; nearly all deadlines/deliverables/stressors are purely demons of my own making.

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
I joined CWRA in 2012 after being encouraged to join the CSHS by Wayne Jenkinson, the CSHS president at that time. I’ve been on the CSHS exec ever since and have helped with their course offerings (co-teaching the Principles of Hydrologic Modelling course since 2017) and the CSHS GreyJay project, amongst other things.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
I like the opportunities to meet and work with some of the excellent people who volunteer for the CWRA/CSHS and to play some minor role in the water resources community. It’s important to be part of something.

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
Working from a busy coffee shop and not having to think strategically about social events or errands. An out-of-country vacation would be wonderful.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
I have found teaching university students to be infinitely more enjoyable than homeschooling elementary students, even if I do like the students.

Other News You Can Use
Lake Winnipeg Basin Program Symposium 2022
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will be hosting the Lake Winnipeg Program Symposium from January 18 – 20 to highlight project activities and scientific efforts undertaken through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.
Note: This event is free but you must register for EACH day of the symposium that you plan to attend. This requires three short, but separate, registration steps to ensure you receive the correct meeting links for each day.

Jan 18, 10am - 3pm CST: Scientific Advancements related to Nutrients and Climate Change
(Info and registration here)
Jan 19, 10am - 3pm CST: Advancing the Knowledge of In-Lake and Watershed Science
(Info and registration here)
Jan 20, 10am - 3pm CST: Actions Throughout the Basin
(Info and registration here)

Additional resources will be made available through the symposium website before and following the event here. Participants are invited to visit the website periodically in the weeks leading up to the symposium to learn more about the speakers for each day.
A catalogue on groundwater management and governance tools, measures and instruments is being developed and will be introduced during the UN-Water Groundwater Summit, to be held in December 2022. The Groundwater Catalogue will be accompanied by a set of international case profiles considered to be exemplary practice. The publication will be made available in a wiki format, allowing for easy access and update. The lead partners are the International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), UNESCO-IHP (Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), the International Association of Hydrologists (IAH), and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

To participate in the development of the Groundwater Catalogue contact

Dear CWRA members: We're happy to consider your water-related news, research, and events for inclusion in the newsletter. Got something you'd like to share? Drop us a line!

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