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Oh Canada, indeed! This newsletter is being written as BC mops up, wrings out, and bulldozes their way clear from one "rainfall event" while preparing for another; and parts of the Maritimes are being steadily submerged. If you've ever worried whether or not your hydrological expertise or services were needed dear members, you can lay aside your fears. Got a story to tell? Images to share? Pass them along: as water people we're especially (and insatiably) curious about what's happening right now across the country, and as fellow Canadians, sympathetic to the plight of the thousands affected.

Webinars on tap ...
CWRA Manitoba Branch

December 1, 12 pm CT: Managing Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin. Bruce Davison.

Managing Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin is the final report of the International Souris River Study Board to the International Joint Commission on its evaluation of water management operations under the 1989 International Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America for Water Supply and Flood Control in the Souris River Basin. The presentation will provide an overview of the analysis, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Study Board regarding opportunities to improve the 1989 Agreement and strengthen the provision of flood control and water supply benefits to interests in the international basin.

This webinar presentation is eligible for 1.0 credit hour of professional development with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba. The Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects also considers this presentation as a continuing education opportunity. Learn more and register here.

CWRA Members: $10
CWRA Non-Members: $15
Student Non-Members: $10

CWRA SYP Winnipeg Chapter

December 2, 12 pm CT: Water movement at Big Grass Marsh: What can we learn from engineering analysis, landowner knowledge, and transparent communication? Parsa Aminian, M.Sc., P.Eng. Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Learn more on our events page. This webinar is free. Please email SYP Manitoba for the meeting link if you are interested in attending!

CWRA Quebec Branch

9 Decembre, de 8h45 à 17h, heure du Québec (demi journée de 8h45 à 12h00 ou 13h00 à 16h45): Quatrième atelier sur la cartographie des zones inondables et le changement climatique

Avec des inondations majeures observées dans plusieurs régions du Québec aux printemps 2017 et 2019, les dommages et les perturbations socio-économiques qu’elles ont engendrés ont causé une véritable onde de choc dans la population et chez les décideurs. Les crues et la question de la définition des zones inondables sont ainsi revenues au premier plan de l’actualité et constituent depuis plusieurs mois un enjeu de société majeur.
Afin de favoriser les échanges et discussions à ce sujet, la Section québécoise de l’association canadienne des ressources hydriques (ACRH) sera l’hôte le 9 décembre 2021 du 4ème atelier sur la cartographie des plaines inondables et le changement climatique. L’atelier s’inscrit notamment dans le cadre de la Stratégie de sécurité civile pour le Canada : vers un 2030 marqué par la résilience ainsi que des activités réalisées et encadrées au Québec par le ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MELCC) avec ses différents partenaires. En savoir plus et s'inscrire ici.

Please note that our paid webinars have two-step registration. 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 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


CWRA Midterm Workshop is being hosted by the BC Branch on January 28, 2022.

More information and registration will be available soon.

Please join us on December 8!

This event is open to all members of CWRA - log in on the member page to save your spot!

Water we Excited About? 
CWRA President Stephanie Smith has just confirmed her participation in the upcoming IWRA XVII World Water Congress. Stephanie will be a member of a discussion panel in a special session addressing "Water Associations – Roles, Values, and Expectations in the Modern World".

The 90-minute event will take place on December 2, 2021, from 2:30-4:00PM (Korea).
View the program of the World Water Congress here.

Applications are now 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.

On #GivingTuesday we will be asking members (and non-members!) to consider a donation to support the CWRA scholarship program or our other programs such as Project WET. A charitable tax receipt will be provided for all donations of $15 or more. Want to beat the rush? You can donate here any time. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Bi-weekly Paper Series
Hydrological Models, Soils, Slopes and Rivers

This week, Chlumsky et al. (2021) introduce and demonstrate a new software bridge between the Raven modelling platform and the R language that includes powerful and useful tools, whereas Gaj and Madramootoo (2021) show how the design of sub-surface irrigation pipe systems can be quantified using a novel finite-element model and an exit resistance parameter. Lucas-Borja et al. (2021) identify changes in soils in post-fire Mediterranean forest ecosystems, and Jumani et al. (2020) quantify changes in rivers due to civil engineering structures. Khojasteh et al. (2021) model changes in sea level and indicate challenges and opportunities for tidal power generation.          

1. Chlumsky R, Craig JR, Lin SGM, Grass S, Scantlebury L, Brown G, Arabzadeh R. 2021. RavenR v2.1.4: an open source R package to support flexible hydrologic modelling. preprint. Hydrology. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-2021-336

This paper introduces the RavenR package that brings together a powerful hydrological model with R language tools: workflow examples for a northern watershed, data inputs, and an examination of model performance.

2. Gaj N, Madramootoo CA. 2021. Simulating upward soil-water flow from buried pipes with variable hydraulic characteristics. Advances in Water Resources 158: 104074 DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2021.104074

This paper models sub-surface irrigation pipe systems using a novel parameter referred to as the exit resistance that takes into consideration pipe perforations, demonstrating that soil heterogeneity associated with layered soils does not influence this parameter; design variables are also examined and analyzed using a finite-element model.

3. Jumani S, Deitch MJ, Kaplan D, Anderson EP, Krishnaswamy J, Lecours V, Whiles MR. 2020. River fragmentation and flow alteration metrics: a review of methods and directions for future research. Environmental Research Letters 15 (12): 123009 DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abcb37

Introduces a novel framework for quantifying the impact of civil engineering on rivers: connectivity, fragmentation, discharge changes, a review of metrics, and a decision-making tree used to select a metric at spatial scales.

4. Khojasteh D, Chen S, Felder S, Glamore W, Hashemi MR, Iglesias G. 2021. Sea level rise changes estuarine tidal stream energy. Energy: 122428 DOI: 10.1016/

Tidal power and sea level rise: hydrodynamic models used to explore the influence of estuary type on energy generation; identifying suitable sites; and spatial changes in power related to tides and river inflows.

5. Lucas-Borja ME, Jing X, Van Stan JT, Plaza-Álvarez PA, Gonzalez-Romero J, Peña E, Moya D, Antonio Zema D, de las Heras J. 2021. Changes in soil functionality eight years after fire and post-fire hillslope stabilisation in Mediterranean forest ecosystems. Geoderma: 115603 DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115603

The effects of fire on soil in Mediterranean forest environments: hillslopes and microbial interactions in the Sierra de Los Donceles forest (Spain) after fire and engineering stabilization efforts, and changes in soil multifunctionality.

CWRA 2022 Conference

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

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
Engineer-in-training or Professional Engineer, OR Senior Engineer, Dam Safety
Regina, SK
Application deadline: December 5, 2021
The successful candidate will specialize in the field of dam safety and be part of the team that ensures all our dams are operated and maintained in accordance with our Dam Safety Management Policy. They will provide input for all aspects of dam safety management including dam safety inspections and reviews, studies and analyses, emergency preparedness and response planning, public safety audits and operation, maintenance and surveillance manuals. They will support the work of engineering consultants for specialized dam safety studies and analyses. For more information, including how to apply, please visit our job board.

Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Project Manager, South Saskatchewan River Project (SSRP)
Gardiner Dam Site, Moose Jaw or Saskatoon, SK
Application deadline: December 5, 2021
The successful candidate will provide corporate leadership and management representation at Gardiner Dam and be responsible for leading dam site personal through the development and execution of appropriate plans in coordination with technical experts to ensure operational readiness and ensure the current conditions are improved through maintenance and rehabilitation work, planning tracking and reporting, and health and safety standards are followed. For more information, including how to apply, please visit our job board.

Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Technologist, Approvals Assurance (Temporary 12 Months)
North Battleford, SK
Application deadline: December 8, 2021
The successful candidate will apply their knowledge and gain experience in client service, stakeholder communications, ground and aerial survey techniques, field observation skills, air photo interpretation, provincial legislation, regulations, policy, and related principles, and applicable legal documentation procedures. They will proactively engage with Saskatchewan citizens, respond effectively to potentially difficult situations, and build their capacity to independently handle complex issues to assist in achieving WSA priorities and objectives. 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!
Meet our Members
Say hello to Nicholas Kinar

Nicholas is a firm believer in the power of engagement, whether it's with a class of 7-year-olds, a class of people in their 7th (or 8th or 9th?) year at university, or people who haven't stepped foot in a classroom in decades. His joy of learning is palpable (and contagious), and what started with his answer to a twitter plea for help with an elementary class has expanded into our new paper series. Follow @KinarNicholas on Twitter; you won't be disappointed!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I am currently a research scientist at the University of Saskatchewan with the Global Institute for Water Security, the Global Water Futures Program, and the Centre for Hydrology. I design electronic circuits and propose new techniques for environmental measurement; develop educational activities for teaching hydrology at the postsecondary level; and write papers on mathematical modelling and reviews of instrumentation. Electronic circuits are challenging, complicated, evocative, maddening and can be useful, but as most environmental scientists and hydrologists can attest, data is always required for prediction, forecasting and assessment. Although both instrumentation and mathematical models can break and also perform in spectacular and unpredictable ways, I enjoy the process more than the end goal. I also enjoy sharing information and (hopefully good) insights with everyone, so I am very passionate about teaching, and I enjoy any form of outreach where I can share my love of science and ideas.

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
I first joined the CWRA in the same way as many graduate students: when I became a student member prior to a CWRA conference! I am still a member of the CWRA. A number of years ago, the CWRA had a conference in Vancouver, and I remember taking an airplane to this city to give an invited talk. I had just joined the CWRA, and I arrived in Vancouver at a time when the Canada Line had been recently opened as a part of the SkyTrain system and I was lucky to experience some beautiful views of the city. I brought a gym bag on the Canada Line and walked a few blocks from the station to the hotel where the conference was conducted. When I arrived in Vancouver, I wore a striped shirt and a black pair of pants. Two people walking on the street pointed at me and one said to the other “Look, it appears that the businessmen in the city are now wearing stripes!” I had to chuckle about this since I was neither a businessman nor a resident of Vancouver. I did enjoy the conference, where I met quite a few people who are responsible for water management.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
I enjoyed the pre-pandemic in-person conferences and I like the idea that the CWRA is the oldest water resources association in the country, so I am a part of a well-established tradition. I’ve also started working with Maggie Romuld, the Executive Director of the CWRA, to bring a Bi-weekly Paper Series to the readers of this newsletter. There are also opportunities for younger members of the CWRA to meet mentors. I strongly believe that mentorship is very important for careers in water management and the CWRA brings people together.

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
I’m anticipating attending at least one in-person conference per year, and I would like to be back in a physical classroom to teach. I would also like to participate in various outreach events. I gave a talk to a classroom of elementary school students last year over Zoom; the teacher had contacted the CWRA and I was happy to have had the opportunity to engage with these students. The students had visited a nearby pond and found that some parts of the pond were frozen, whereas other parts were not; they were curious as to whether similar hydrological processes related to freezing occur on rivers and streams. I had a great time talking to the students about the physics of water, changes in density associated with temperature, and differences in ice formation associated with turbulence. The students wrote letters of thanks to me after the presentation and I wrote back to each student. I’m hoping that there will be other opportunities for outreach (especially in-person outreach) after a semblance of pre-pandemic normality is attained.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
I’ve had the ability for personal development, and I feel that I’ve grown over the past two years. The pandemic has given us as a society the ability to be more introspective and to explore what we really want in life. Before the pandemic, I had never stopped to contemplate what I wanted to do. I know more about myself, and some problems that I addressed in the past do not seem as insurmountable. I’ve had the ability to think, and I feel more mature. I hope that my actions, now and in the future, can bring peace, happiness and love to this world. Despite climate change, pollution and rapidly changing hydrological processes and water resources, we can all try our best to make the world a better place.
Other News You Can Use


You are cordially invited to attend and present at the 2021 Post-Pandemic Fall Tracer Hydrography Workshop and Film Fest to be held virtually on Dec 2, 2021. For more information visit our events page.
The recently released floodmapviewer is a web-based public tool for visualizing the impacts of climate change on flooding across Canada. The tool is a research product funded by the NSERC and Chaucer Syndicate under the title “Linking hazard, exposure and risk across multiple hazards” completed at the University of Western Ontario. The flood maps available for viewing and download were developed using an original methodology by Mohit P. Mohanty and Slobodan P. Simonovic and globally available data. Learn more about the methodology used to create the maps, explore the maps, and download the data here.
Researchers at the School of Engineering, University of Guelph, are hoping to develop a better understanding of current Canadian practices for predicting river channel migration and river bank erosion. If you are currently working or have previously worked in Canada in a field related to this topic, they would like to gain insight into your personal experiences and opinions. The survey is already open and runs until Jan 31, 2022.
Click here to access the survey.
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Lake Winnipeg Basin Program Virtual Symposium
January 18, 19 & 20, 2022

The sessions will focus on:
  • Sharing research findings from ECCC-led research related to nutrients and water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its basin
  • Featuring program accomplishments including highlights of projects undertaken by funding recipients to reduce nutrient loading to the lake, enhance collaboration throughout the basin, and engage Indigenous peoples on water quality issues related to Lake Winnipeg
  • Gathering feedback on research presented and on research gaps, as well as future program priorities for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program
Stay tuned for registration details.
(The event is FREE, but participants will be asked to register as space is limited.)

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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