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Hello <<First Name>>,

Happy Friday - how's your week going? We're pretty busy around here preparing for our midterm Board of Directors meeting and BC's Flooding Workshop, and we're thrilled to officially launch our photo contest. Anniversaries are meant to be celebrated and that's what we plan to do (with your help). Got water(ish) photos? We want 'em! Rain, snow, ice, rivers, lakes, wetlands, sloughs, shorelines, creeks, waterfalls, seeps, glaciers, cornices, tarns ... you get the idea. Read more about our photo contest below!

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.

Do not delay. Register NOW!

The workshop will focus on flood management in BC. To register, or for updated information, including the speaker lineup, please visit our event page
  • 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
CWRA Members: $50
CWRA Non-Members: $100
Non-member SYP: $25
Registration is now open! 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

More information and register here.

Enter our Photo Contest!

CWRA is hosting a photo contest in honour of our 75th anniversary. We're looking forward to seeing Canadian water through your eyes, showcasing your photos, updating our collection of water images, and selecting some favourites to feature in a special print edition of Water News and spotlight at our 2022 National Conference.

From now until March 15th, submit up to five photos in each of our four contest categories: Work, Play, Rest, and Respect. This contest is open to anyone in Canada, and CWRA Members are encouraged to enter. Please visit our website to enter your photos and read the contest terms and conditions.

Water we Reading?
The Global Wetland Outlook: Special Edition 2021

As an update to the 2018 Global Wetland Outlook, this special edition for the Convention’s 50th anniversary presents new findings on the status and value of wetlands globally, particularly in the context of the global pandemic, climate and biodiversity crises.
Drawing on more than 30 major global and regional assessments and other recent scientific findings, it describes the pandemic and its implications; trends in wetlands since 2018; lessons for wetland wise use and protection; and how the Convention on Wetlands can be leveraged to address challenges facing wetlands.

Download either the full update or the Executive Summary here.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2022 CWRA graduate scholarships

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.

Reminder! Call for Abstracts #CWRA2022

We are still 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.

CWRA would like to thank both AECOM and Deltares for becoming Gold sponsors for the 2022 National Conference in Canmore, June 5 to 8.
Without the generous support of sponsors like these, CWRA would not be able to annually host balanced, science-driven events that bring together water resource managers, researchers, academics, and consultants from across the country.

Please visit the conference website for complete details on the conference and how you can participate as either a sponsor, exhibitor, or participant.

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

Bi-weekly Paper Series
For the second issue of the BWPS in 2022, Eidam et al. (2021) introduces a novel open-source hardware sensor for measurement of water turbidity and associated data in littoral zone environments. Also associated with water resources engineering, Stops et al. (2022) quantify how agricultural tile drainage and soil conditions affect hydrograph shape and the chemistry of runoff. From a management perspective, Zipper et al. (2022) indicate how to effectively assess changes in streamflow associated with groundwater pumping. Looking further back into past climates, Berner et al. (2022) show how significant paleoclimate transitions can be identified using statistics to provide insight into past weather patterns.  
1. Berner N, Trauth MH, Ho Schneider M. 2022. Bayesian inference about Plio-Pleistocene climate transitions in Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 277: 107287 DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107287

This paper addresses how Bayesian statistics and sliding windows can identify significant paleoclimate transitions related to the African Plio-Pleistocene: data from dust fluxes to oceans shows the presence of a two-step transition for climate change.

2. Eidam EF, Langhorst T, Goldstein EB, McLean M. 2021. OpenOBS: Open‐source, low‐cost optical backscatter sensors for water quality and sediment‐transport research. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods: lom3.10469 DOI: 10.1002/lom3.10469 and

Demonstrates the design and testing of a novel and open source optical backscatter sensor for turbidity: lab tests for calibration; deployment in the surf zone; and comparisons with commercial instrumentation.

3. Koutsoyiannis D, Montanari A. 2022. Bluecat: A Local Uncertainty Estimator for Deterministic Simulations and Predictions. Water Resources Research 58 (1) DOI: 10.1029/2021WR031215

Deterministic models transformed into stochastic predictors for simulation of river flow: point predictions related to probability distributions; rainfall inputs related to discharge outputs; and assessment of model performance.

4. Stops MW, Sullivan PL, Peltier E, Young B, Brookfield AE. 2022. Tracking the hydrologic response of agricultural tile outlet terraces to storm events. Agricultural Water Management 263: 107382 DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2021.107382

Agricultural tile drainage for tile-outlet-terraces: hydrograph shape; biogeochemical constituents of runoff and water inputs; hydrograph separation; a chemical mixing model; and the importance of antecedent conditions.

5. Zipper S, Farmer W, Brookfield A, Ajami H, Reeves H, Wardropper C, Hammond J, Gleeson T, Deines J. 2022. Quantifying Streamflow Depletion from Groundwater Pumping: A Practical Review of Past and Emerging Approaches for Water Management. preprint. Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment. DOI: 10.31223/X5K62H

Quantifying changes in streamflow from groundwater extraction: a novel framework for water management; how to address management questions and gather information and data; and pros/cons of statistical and numerical methods.

Got a project you're excited about? Got something you'd like to share?
 Drop us a line!

Job Board
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Moose Jaw OR Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Application deadline: January 31, 2022

The hydrology team of the Water Security Agency (WSA) "provides the physical assessment and knowledge of Saskatchewan’s water resources that fundamentally inform all aspects of water management". They are in search of an enthusiastic hydrologist to join a team of like professionals. As part of that team, you’ll provide advice and technical support to a broad base of internal and external clients. You will analyze information collected from around the province to inform infrastructure design and operations, water policy and programs, plan for droughts, help with forecasting and operations and respond to floods.

Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Engineer-in-Training OR Professional Engineer, Geotechnical Structures and Design
Regina, Saskatchewan
Application deadline: February 1, 2022

Reporting to the Manager, Geotechnical Engineering, an employee in this job will provide geotechnical engineering support in the investigation, design, construction, risk assessment, operation, maintenance, monitoring and assessment, and rehabilitation of the WSA’s water management infrastructure projects.

Computational Hydraulics International (CHI)
Water Resources Engineer (Full-time, remote)
Guelph, ON

This is an intermediate engineering position that will give you an opportunity to expand your skills in water resource modeling, consulting engineering, customer service and software development. As an integral part of our team, you will work collaboratively with our engineers, programmers, and IT professionals to develop, support, apply, teach and promote our software products and provide consulting services to clients around the world.

For more information, including how to apply for each of these jobs, please visit our job board.
FYI: check back often, jobs are posted on the website as soon as we receive them!

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.

Meet our Members
Say hi to Nick Kehler
(he's the one wearing the glasses)

Nick is the driving force behind CWRA's scholarship committee - a job he takes seriously and for which he seems uniquely suited. He's keen and committed, and more than happy to review the work of students he often finds "inspirational" (ditto!). We're glad you got "sucked into volunteering" Nick. The scholarship program is integral to meeting our objectives and your dedication is sincerely appreciated.
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I am a water resources engineer at AECOM Canada Ltd. As both a project engineer and a project manager, I divide my time across a wide variety of projects. When wearing my engineer hat, I’m focused on rural water resources projects such as flood modeling and mapping, dam safety reviews, as well as bridge and culvert design projects. When I’m wearing my project manager hat, I’m working on a wider variety of water projects, including water and wastewater treatment plants, First Nation infrastructure projects, and urban stormwater management projects.

I am thankful to work on so many different projects from day to day, in a variety of different roles. I’ve managed to find a job where I can be both the jack of all trades, and also the master of some. I love working with people, both clients and colleagues. I’ve had the opportunity to work for AECOM in Australia, which was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. I also really appreciate working with some incredibly smart people across North America and all over the world.

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
I can’t actually remember when I first joined the CWRA. I feel like it was probably around 2013. When I returned from overseas, I was looking for a way to reconnect with old friends in the water resources industry. Joining the CWRA provided opportunities to routinely meet up with other professionals at luncheon events and conferences. It didn’t take long to get sucked into volunteering, which has been rewarding and challenging at the same.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
I really enjoy being involved in such a diverse group of water resources professionals. In my daily job, I work mostly with other engineers and technicians. In the CWRA I can work with other scientists, environmentalists, and policy makers. Exposure to the much wider group of water resources professionals has been important in my own understanding of the full scope of water resources management. I also cherish my role as the Scholarship Committee Chair. This has given me the opportunity to review scholarship applications from some truly inspirational people.

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
Although I’d love to go on a bunch of holidays down south, I’m actually pretty happy to go camping around Manitoba with my family right now. I’m mostly excited for the pandemic to end so we can all be a little more friendly to each other again. I think the stress and the negativity of the pandemic has overshadowed some of our country’s usually positive demeanor.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
I think I’ve learned to enjoy the sun when it’s shining and to find happiness in the rain. In my life I’ve been blessed with very little to get in my way. These last two years have been more difficult than any I’ve experienced, and I’ve learned that not every day is going to go my way, but I can choose to keep smiling because of the people I have in my life.

Other News You Can Use
CWRA is pleased to once again partner with Rain It In. Rain It In is a non-profit that hosts competitions that challenge post-secondary students to create innovative solutions that will mitigate the impacts of intense rainfall and flooding. Our upcoming competition will be hosted in partnership with the Town of Ajax, who will be providing a "real-world" example of how municipalities are identifying the need to proactively address flooding risks.

The competition will be facilitated virtually from January-April, 2022 and registration is open to students studying at a Canadian college or university. The time commitment is estimated to be 10-15 hours.

Registration closes on January 23rd, 2022.
Learn more and register here.
The theme for World Wetlands Day 2022 is "Wetlands Action for People and Nature" — highlighting the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands for human and planetary health. This year’s focus is an appeal to take action and to invest financial, human and political capital in order to save the world’s wetlands from disappearing altogether — and to restore those we have already lost.

This year’s campaign has three main messages:
  • Value wetlands for the multiple benefits and nature-based solutions they provide for human well-being and a healthy planet.
  • Manage wetlands wisely and use them sustainably so we can conserve them and maintain the health of these critically important ecosystems.
  • Restore lost and degraded wetlands to revive the rich biodiversity and life found in these life-sustaining ecosystems.
Learn more here.

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