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March 17, 2023

Hello <<First Name>>,

The madness continues. Lots of webinars and courses on tap, and lots of new jobs on the job board. The Ottawa Chapter of SYP also asked if we could pass on a unique international research opportunity, and who are we to deny their enthusiasm? Happy "almost" Spring everyone!

Webinars, Courses, and AGMs!
MB Branch luncheon and AGM: March 21, 12–2 pm CT. An in-person presentation "A Provincial Water Management Strategy for Manitoba” by Carly Delavau of Manitoba Environment and Climate, will be followed by the AGM (hybrid format). Register here.

BC SYP is joining with the BCWWA SYP committee to host an in-person World Water Day networking event. March 22, 5:30–8 pm PT, Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave, in the Joe Wai room. The event is free but you must register.

ON Branch Virtual HEC-HMS Training. March 22-24. The course will be delivered by an expert instructor from WEST Consultants, Mr. Jeff Harris. Read more here.

UPDATED TIME NRCan webinar: March 23, 1:00 pm ET. National Elevation Data Strategy – Progress in a Flood Mapping Context (English session) with Jean-Sebastien Moreau. Register here. Cette présentation sera donnée en français à 14h he, immédiatement après cet événement. Vous pouvez vous inscrire à la présentation en français sur ce lien. Inscivez-vous ici

NEW Ottawa Chapter SYP Anniversary Celebration and Appreciation Event: March 25, 2:30–4:30 pm ET, Room 707, CBY, University of Ottawa. The event is free but you must register.

NRCan webinar: March 28, 12 pm ET. Communicating Flood Maps to the Public (English only) with Marie-Josee Valiquette and Parastoo Emami. Register here.

CSHS AGM: March 28, 2 pm ET. More details available soon.

NRCan webinar: March 29, 12 pm ET. Federal Land Use Guide for Flood Risk Areas version 1.0 (English only) with Christine Callihoo. More information and register here.

Ontario Branch World Water Day Panel: March 29, 7-9 pm ET. Read more about the theme, meet the panelists, and register here.

NRCan webinar: March 30, 1 pm ET. Indigenous Engagement (English only) with Jocelyne Proulx. More information and register here.

AB Branch Conference. April 2-4. Registration is open! For the most up-to-date information visit the conference website. Please note: The Alberta Branch (in-person) AGM will be held during the conference on April 3, 5:30-6:30 pm MT.

Cours SCSH 2023. 8-13 Mai. Principes de la modélisation hydrologique (en francais). Détails d'inscription ici.

Full event calendar and registration links
Associated Engineering
Job Title: Water Resources Engineer
Location: Saskatoon, SK or Regina, SK

Job Title: Senior Water Resources Engineer / Project Manager
Location: Burnaby, BC

Job Title: Senior Water Resources Engineer / Project Manager
Location: Kitchener, ON

Water Security Agency
Division: Corporate Services, 
Unit: Communications & Client Services
Job Title: Client Service Agents (3 Positions)
Location: Moose Jaw, SK

Water Security Agency
Organizational Unit: Hydrological Science, Division: Science & Licensing
Job Title: Technologist, Hydrometrics Operation (Temporary 20 Months)
Location: Nipawin, SK

ebbwater consulting
Job Title: Intermediate Hydrotechnical Specialist
Location: Vancouver, BC

Please visit the CWRA Job Board for more information and to apply.
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.

Update: DEI Project
As we mentioned previously, CWRA has partnered with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanography Society (CMOS) and the Black Environmental Initiative (BEI) on a project to improve diversity in the water, weather, and climate science sector. The first phase of the project includes a study of diverse professional experiences. If you work in the sector and identify as a member of equity-deserving communities, there is still time for you to complete the survey.

The team is also looking for diverse professionals in Earth sciences to participate in a video project meant to inspire diverse youth to consider careers in hydrologic and atmospheric sciences. If you are interested in being featured in the video, contact Naolo Charles at by March 20 the latest.
April 2-4, 2023, at the Courtyard Calgary Airport Marriott
Registration is open for sponsorship, booths and delegates, and the full conference program is now available. For additional information about the conference, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit the conference website

Abstract Deadline: NCI
The Natural Channels Initiative, with support from CWRA, is presenting their 7th Conference on Natural Channels Systems: "Balance: Balancing Driving and Resisting Forces to Achieve Project Goals"

The conference will be held at the University of Guelph from June 25-28, 2023.
The deadline for abstracts is March 31. Visit the conference website for more information.

Meet our Members

Say hello to Maxine Koskie!

We have been working with Maxine for a few years and are excited that she has stepped in as the new National Education Coordinator for Project WET Canada. Maxine has big shoes to fill, but we know she's up to the task. Lizabeth Nicholls was the coordinator for over 25 years, but she has now taken on a reduced, more advisory role. Thanks for everything Lizabeth, and good luck Maxine!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it?
I am a certified teacher (B.ED.), outdoor enthusiast, and outdoor education expert. I grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan where I was encouraged and supported to nurture my love for the environment and the outdoors. I have over 35 years of experience teaching students from kindergarten to grade 12. During this time, I coordinated inclusive outdoor and environmental education experiences for students. Once I became certified in Project WET, I incorporated the activities into my inquiry-based lessons to help promote environmental knowledge and stewardship. I love teaching and the outdoors!

I have been an Education Consultant for over 30 years. I have done contract work for My Creative Mind including mentorship programs, community wellness programs, and recruitment and retention programs. Currently, I am the National Education Coordinator for Project WET Canada. I have been involved with Project WET since shortly after it came to Canada. I have delivered Project Wet Certification Workshop to education students at universities, teachers, environmental educators, and homeschooling parents. I have hosted numerous water festivals. I volunteer to help on outdoor education trips to deliver Project WET activities and I volunteer to deliver Project WET activities for numerous community environmental events.

2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I joined the CWRA in 2019 when I was contracted as the Assistant Education Coordinator for Project WET.

3. Why do you like being part of the CWRA?
I greatly enjoy working with people who care about and are passionate about the environment and water. I love being challenged and learning new information, ways of knowing, and skills. I believe in the Project WET water education program and enjoy sharing my passion for the program and the activities when supporting, mentoring, or training others.

4. What are you most excited about now that we are moving towards a somewhat normal post-pandemic way of life?
I am most excited about IN-PERSON events! I love networking and meeting new people.

5. Tell us something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic.
I learned that I like (need to) touch fruits and vegetables before I buy them when I am grocery shopping. I also learned that I could still see my children and grandchild regularly … FaceTime is wonderful!

Bi-Weekly Paper Series
This BWPS features a selection of papers that have humanitarian applications related to understanding physical and human geographical processes associated with the environment and climate change. Ficklin et al. (2023) indicates why the intersection between humans and the environment is important for managing and monitoring river temperatures. Kay et al. (2023) examines human and hydrological landscapes of power, politics and postcolonialism for plantations on the island of Maui (Hawaii). El-Khattabi (2023) describes human interactions during water conservation mandates and the sociology of water waste. Maina and Kumar (2023) use models and measurements to quantify shifts in rain-on-snow events in the High Mountain Asia (HMA) region where climate change impacts millions of people. Kerins and Li (2023) relate climate change to biogeochemical cycles in the Rocky Mountains, an important region where physical hydrology intersects with hinterlands of human geography.
El-Khattabi AR. 2023. Social opprobrium and compliance: Evidence from water conservation. Water Resources and Economics 42: 100218 DOI: 10.1016/j.wre.2023.100218
The human geography and responses during a water conservation mandate: criticism and critiques related to perceptions of water waste and government support of citizen complaints in the context of motivation.

Ficklin DL, Hannah DM, Wanders N, Dugdale SJ, England J, Klaus J, Kelleher C, Khamis K, Charlton MB. 2023. Rethinking river water temperature in a changing, human-dominated world. Nature Water 1 (2): 125–128 DOI: 10.1038/s44221-023-00027-2
Why there is a need to consider the human-environment intersection for understanding river water temperatures: management as a holistic undertaking and the need for global, distributed and reliable monitoring.

Kay K, Knudson C, Cantor A. (2023) Plantation pasts, plantation futures: resisting zombie water infrastructures in Maui, Hawai’i, The Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2023.2185140
Postcolonialism, politics, sugar plantations and civil engineering legacies: more than a century of human geography in Maui (Hawaii) shaped by irrigation, policies, power and agreements that influence water justice, water apportionment and use.

Kerins D, Li L. 2023. High Dissolved Carbon Concentration in Arid Rocky Mountain Streams. Environmental Science & Technology: acs.est.2c06675 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c06675
Linkages between climate change in the Rocky Mountains, biogeochemical cycles and water quality: modelling fluxes in the western USA; arid conditions related to DOC; and topographic controls on mountain streams.

Maina FZ, Kumar SV. 2023. Diverging Trends in Rain‐On‐Snow Over High Mountain Asia. Earth’s Future 11 (3) DOI: 10.1029/2022EF003009
The use of models and measurements to quantify rain-on-snow events in the High Mountain Asia region: the Noah-MP model and prediction in ungauged basins; trend statistics and spatial patterns; and comparisons and implications.


An International Opportunity
The CWRA SYP Ottawa chapter would like to share the following opportunity with Canadian researchers in water and ocean science: SEA-UNICORN: International opportunities for Canadian researchers and stakeholders in the field of marine connectivity.

Supported by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) funding organization, the COST Action “SEA-UNICORN” (Unifying Approaches to Marine Connectivity for improved Resource Management for the Seas, 2020–2025) is an international research coordination initiative focused on Marine Functional Connectivity (MFC), i.e. the connectivity resulting from the distribution and movements of marine life, at sea or at the land-sea interface. The SEA-UNICORN network unites a vast interdisciplinary community of scientists and policymakers from over 150 organizations, spread across >40 countries in Europe and beyond. In 2021, the initiative was endorsed as an Action of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. CWRA would like to help Canadian researchers establish links with this international network, thereby allowing them to expand their opportunities for inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration.

SEA-UNICORN is welcoming researchers and marine stakeholders interested in MFC and its ecological and economic consequences to join to collaborate and share their knowledge and experience through this network. To join the Action, the candidates must apply for membership in one or more of the Working Groups (see image above). It should be noted that since Canada is not a “COST member” country, SEA-UNICORN is looking for research groups (3+ staff with permanent positions related to MFC) to join the network first, before individual PhD or post-doc applications can be evaluated.

The four Working Groups in SEA-UNICORN aim to establish a globally harmonized framework to deliver actionable, transdisciplinary knowledge in the field of Marine Functional Connectivity, promoting a sustainable blue economy and ocean conservation: 
  • WG1-Improving knowledge on MFC and its drivers; 
  • WG2-Incorporating MFC knowledge into forecasting; 
  • WG3-Producing relevant MFC data for management and policy-making; 
  • WG4-Promoting awareness on MFC and its ecological and economic importance.  
The benefits of joining the SEA-UNICORN network include increasing research visibility, career opportunities at the international level, and financial support for MFC-related conferences, collaboration, and training. For example, the 2023 call for Short-Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) is now open. STSMs are short exchange visits (2-4 weeks) with associated funding (€500-2500 each) aimed at supporting career development, strengthening existing research networks, and fostering collaboration between stakeholders in the member states.

For more information on how to join the SEA-UNICORN COST Action, please visit the website, or contact the Action Chair Dr. Audrey Darnaude. Depending on the number of people interested, an online webinar with Dr. Darnaude may be organized through CWRA. If you are interested in more information, please fill out this CWRA SYP Ottawa survey.

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