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Happy Friday everyone - the Call for Abstracts for #CWRA2022 is now open! Don't forget that we are also accepting applications for our graduate scholarships, and it is now time to register for the flood management workshop hosted by BC in late January in advance of our midterm board meeting. We also have several new jobs on the job board and a few other conference updates (please, please, please, let it still be in person!). And this is as good a time as any to remind everyone that the national office will be closed between Dec 20 and Jan 2.

A heartfelt thank you to those who gave generously to CWRA or other non-profits on Giving Tuesday 2021. This has been a particularly hard year for charities around the world. Please contact us if you would like more information about CWRA programs and projects that you can support through one-time or monthly donations.

Workshops and Courses
The Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association is hosting virtual HEC-RAS training in January and February 2022. 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 will be offered:

Basic (steadystate, 1D) HEC-RAS: January 24-28, 2022
Unsteady HEC-RAS and Dam Break Analysis: February 7-10, 2022
2D HEC-RAS Analysis: February 21-24, 2022

For more information, and to register, visit the event website
Registration deadline: January 17, 2021
Registration is now 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. 

Water we Reading? 
"California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies in unprecedented decision".

This week, the Guardian International Edition published an article about water allocations under the currently dire drought conditions in California. Only water required for health and safety will be allowed as drought continues to grip the state. Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents, and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any of the water they have requested from the state heading into 2022 other than what’s needed for critical health and safety.
Read the full article here.

Applications are currently 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
This week, Nearing et al. (2021) indicate how machine learning and hydrological models can potentially suggest a way to understand scale-dependent processes in hydrology, whereas Karimiziarani et al. (2022) show how data mining of Twitter posts can be used for geographical mapping of impacts related to Hurricane Harvey. Despite the use of computers and algorithms to extract unprecedented amounts of information, Hundemer et al. (2021) is a reminder that hydrology is always conducted within a human context. On the land surface, Simonin et al. (2018) examine relationships between nanoparticles, nutrients, and eutrophication, whereas Derin et al. (2021) extensively identify and examine the physics of remote sensing of precipitation at land-water interfaces in a coastal context.
1. Derin Y, Kirstetter P-E, Gourley JJ. 2021. Evaluation of IMERG satellite precipitation over the land-coast-ocean continuum – Part I: Detection. Journal of Hydrometeorology DOI: 10.1175/JHM-D-21-0058.1

Uncertainties of precipitation detection associated with a multi-sensor remote sensing dataset in coastal regions: a physics-based analysis; ground truth comparisons; and effects of geography & precipitation type at land-water interfaces.

2. Hundemer S, Monroe MC, Kaplan D. 2021. The water science communication problem: Water knowledge and the acceptance or rejection of water science. Journal of Hydrology: 127230 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.127230

Knowledge systems, beliefs and issues with water science communication: culture, risk, public knowledge and the intersection between science and policy--regional applications to the states of Georgia and Florida for groundwater.

3. Karimiziarani M, Jafarzadegan K, Abbaszadeh P, Shao W, Moradkhani H. 2022. Hazard risk awareness and disaster management: Extracting the information content of Twitter data. Sustainable Cities and Society 77: 103577 DOI: 10.1016/j.scs.2021.103577

Data mining of Twitter posts during Hurricane Harvey (2017) for geographical mapping of a novel hazard index in Texas: data fusion from meteorological data products; and humanitarian categorization and choropleth mapping.

4. Nearing GS, Kratzert F, Sampson AK, Pelissier CS, Klotz D, Frame JM, Prieto C, Gupta HV. 2021. What Role Does Hydrological Science Play in the Age of Machine Learning? Water Resources Research 57 (3) DOI: 10.1029/2020WR028091

How machine learning suggests that most models of hydrological processes do not adequately capture interactions at different scales: toward utilizing deep learning with scale-relevant models while addressing uncertainty.

5. Simonin M, Colman BP, Anderson SM, King RS, Ruis MT, Avellan A, Bergemann CM, Perrotta BG, Geitner NK, Ho M, et al. 2018. Engineered nanoparticles interact with nutrients to intensify eutrophication in a wetland ecosystem experiment. Ecological Applications 28 (6): 1435–1449 DOI: 10.1002/eap.1742

Relationships between nutrient runoff, biogeochemical cycles and nanoparticles using tanks that model wetlands: eutrophication, algal blooms and the need to quantify interactions.

Time Well Wasted

Twitter has been all abuzz with the ai Dream app this week. People have been inputting their thesis titles and letting the app create an ai-generated image. Tons of fun!

FYI: I entered "riparian vegetation" and this is the image it created.

Warning - do NOT start this if you have a looming deadline!

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. Failure to observe these requirements may result in the rejection of the abstract during the review process. If you have questions or problems with your submission, please contact for assistance.

The first Technical Tour at #CWRA2022 has been announced

Field visit to Fortress Mountain Snow Observatory: Thursday, June 9 (morning)

The Fortress Mountain Snow Observatory is one of the research sites maintained by Prof. John Pomeroy as part of the Global Water Futures research program. The site is located in Kananaskis Country, approximately a 1-hour drive from Canmore. The tour will feature some world-class meteorological stations at Fortress Mountain and will focus on a description of how the Fortress site contributes to scientific advances through long-term hydrometeorological monitoring, process-based studies and UAV surveys. The site visits at Fortress require walking uphill on uneven terrain and are not suited to low-mobility access. For accessibility concerns or inquiries concerning this visit, please contact the technical tour organizing committee.

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
Environment and Natural Resources, NWT
Advisor, Water Stewardship
Yellowknife, NWT
Application deadline: December 13, 2021

The Advisor, Water Stewardship is located in Yellowknife and reports to the Manager, Watershed Programs & Partnerships. The incumbent leads the coordination, reporting, and communication of NWT Water Stewardship Strategy implementation, providing expertise to Division personnel, senior management, Directorate, the Minister and partner agencies. The incumbent recommends strategic ENR and GNWT approaches and positions related to water resources stewardship and augments partnership opportunities. The incumbent leads or coordinates implementation and evaluation of GNWT water stewardship initiatives and strategies to ensure NWT water resources are conserved to benefit present and future generations. The incumbent leads or coordinates collaborative initiatives with water partners, including Indigenous governments and traditional knowledge holders, to support the collaborative nature of the NWT Water Strategy. For more information, including how to apply, please visit our job board.

Baker Hughes
Water Treatment Account Manager (Downstream Chemicals)
Nanticoke/Toronto, ON

As a Water Treatment Account Manager, you will be providing a vital service by implementing,  monitoring, and evaluating chemical delivery systems. You will take ownership of account applications  at the customer site and ensure they have the service needed to operate in a safe and compliant  manner while supporting our customer’s needs. As a Water Treatment Account Manager, you will be responsible for:
  • Working in a safe and deliberate manner, ensuring HSE compliance, including safe, reliable  chemical transfers
  • Following Sales and Service Standards at key customer accounts to ensure compliance
  • Collaborating as a team member to drive technical sales and innovative solutions
  • Managing activities and small projects for assigned accounts to ensure successful delivery to customer
  • Developing technical documents to present to customers, executive leadership, and team for review
For more information, including how to apply, please visit our job board.
BC Public Service - FLNRO and Rural Development
Senior Dam Safety Project Manager
Location: Victoria, BC
Application deadline: December 21, 2021
The Senior Dam Safety Project Manager oversees and manages special projects of major impact and significance relating to the improvement of the effectiveness of the Provincial Dam Safety Program. Leads staff, consultants, and working teams assigned to a variety of long and short term projects. This role leads and manages a portfolio of major dams including authorizing the construction, alteration, remediation or decommissioning of dams as an Engineer under the Act representing the Branch and Program in the Environmental Assessment process. 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


Meet our Members
Say hello to Frank van der Have

While CWRA is grateful to Frank for 17 years of Hoskin sponsorship for the annual Best Student Poster Award, we are also incredibly thankful that he allowed us to painlessly pivot sponsorship funds during 2020 (our collective annus horribilis) when we cancelled our annual conference. Funding that would have been directed towards the award was used instead to re-ignite and expand our successful mentoring program. Mentoring serves a variety of needs: career development, the transfer of information among generations of professionals, and supporting newcomers to Canada who have international experience in water resources. Thanks Frank!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I started with Hoskin Scientific Limited in 1984, providing technical sales and service support on a variety of geotechnical and construction materials testing products. At that time we were a small company of about 10-12 people based in three locations across the country (Vancouver, Oakville and Montreal). As many of our clients were multi-disciplinary I would get inquiries on environmentally related products and by 1990 I was tasked with developing Hoskin’s presence in the environmental market. Fast forward 38 years (now 150 staff with the addition of an Edmonton office) and I look back fondly at all the people I’ve met and worked with and how environmental monitoring methodology has changed. Having introduced many of the products, which are now considered “standards”, has been extremely rewarding and the search for new and innovative solutions for my clients continues to be a driving force in me. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have found such a dynamic and exciting career… it was certainly not listed in my post-secondary curriculum.

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
Hmm… that’s a lot tougher question than I thought… time flies so fast now. I would have to say in the early 2000’s as a result of the many conferences I was exhibiting at. Many clients who attended our workshops were CWRA members which made the choice to join very easy.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
First and foremost I’ve really enjoyed meeting new customers and many of them have become very good friends. In 2004, I was approached by CWRA member Malcolm Conly as to whether Hoskin would be interesting in sponsoring an award to encourage student participation at the poster sessions. I thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to give back to those who have supported Hoskin over the years and we continue to be a proud sponsor of the Best Student Poster Award 17 years later. This year I’m extremely excited to be part of the NASH inclusion into the CWRA and look forward to assisting the development of programs through the group.

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
Travelling for work and pleasure for sure. I’m used to travelling about 30-40% of my time and I really do miss the personal interaction that comes with customer visits and workshops.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
I’ve actually become pretty decent using TEAMS and Zoom video conferencing. As I’ve always had a home office, since moving back to the island in 1994, working remotely was not a major change but making sure that I separate work and personal time needed some tweaking. Being sequestered with a home office made it very easy not to leave the work environment so I had to purposely shut down all work communications come Friday afternoon to ensure that I had down time. Now that things are starting to open up with clients willing to meet for a coffee and a chat, I’m starting to see the transition back to a more balanced work life and not just staring at my monitor for hours.

Other News You Can Use
ECCC is proposing amendments to the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER) and they are seeking input on the regulatory proposal to amend transitional and temporary authorizations.

They are planning to initiate formal consultations with Indigenous peoples, interested parties and the general public. They have published a Discussion document outlining the regulatory proposal online for a 90-day public comment period. They are inviting review of the document and welcome feedback and perspectives by March 5, 2022.  They will also be hosting virtual consultation sessions to discuss the proposed amendments, answer questions and receive feedback. Suggestions and ideas collected during the consultation phase will inform the proposed regulations.

Visit this site to review the Discussion document, provide feedback, and register for a virtual consultation session.
Seeking Canadian technical experts in water resources and climate change

Global Affairs Canada’s new Climate Action in Africa Project deploys Canadian experts to partner with governments, NGOs and the private sector in Sub-Saharan Africa on targeted, short-term technical assistance projects, including in climate change adaptation in the water resources sector. To facilitate delivery, they are seeking experts with experience in water resources and climate change, climate governance, or gender and climate.

If you are interested in receiving Requests for Proposals for the short-term technical assistance projects, and other pertinent updates, please submit your email address to
Just released!
BC Watershed Security Fund: A Collaborative Vision

A new BC Watershed Security Fund: A Collaborative Vision Strategic Directions Paper, released this week, brings together the insights and best thinking from the Sustainable Funding Working Group—16 experts and knowledge holders working in Indigenous governance, local government, funding and financing, forestry and land-use practices, and watershed management.
Download the paper here.

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