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January 20, 2023

Hello <<First Name>>,

No introduction needed today, we'll let this (jam-packed) newsletter speak for itself!

Webinars and Courses
BC Branch Blue Drinks: January 24, 2023, 5-7 pm, Parallel 49 Brewing,1950 Triumph Street, Vancouver. Reserve your spot - RSVP here.

ON Branch: Urban Roadway Drainage Design Training (virtual delivery): January 23-26, 2023.
Learn more and register here for this online training course.

Mid-term Workshop, Ottawa ON: January 27, 2023. Canada Water Agency – Facilitating Collaboration on Freshwater Coordination and Stewardship. (More info below!)

NEW CWRA SYP Ottawa: Water Social Networking Event, Ottawa ON: January 27, 2023, 5:30-6:30 pm ET. Lowertown Brewery, ByWard Market 73 York Street. Register here (it's free!)

Partner event: Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds Conference: January 31-February 1, 2023. Learn more and register here.

NEW MB Branch webinar: February 1, 2023, 12 pm CT. The North End Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade. Presented by Bronwyn Jones and Michelle Paetkau. Learn more and register here.

QC Branch workshop: 5ième atelier sur la cartographie des zones inondables crues et résilience : enjeux et opportunités: February 1, 2023. Learn more and register here.

NEW SYP Ottawa Water Talks (virtual): February 1, 2023, 12 pm ET. Warming Cold Regions Groundwater. Presented by Élise Devoie. Learn more and register here.

AB Branch webinar: February 2, 2023, 12 pm MT. The Wild World of River Ice presented by Jennifer Nafziger.

REVISED DATE SK Branch webinar: February 14, 2023, 12 pm CT. Overview of Irrigation in Saskatchewan with Jillian Brown.

NEW CSHS Webinar: An Overview of Hydrologic Trend Analysis (with examples). February 16, 2023, 1 pm ET. Presented by Don Burn, Ph.D., P.Eng., Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo. Register here (more info will be available soon).

MB Branch workshop: February 21, 2023. Manitoba Flood of 2022: Stories, Lessons Learned, and Pathways to a More Resilient FutureLearn more and register here.

UPDATE ON Branch Virtual HEC-HMS Training. March 22-24. The course will be delivered by an expert instructor from WEST Consultants, Mr. Jeff Harris. Registration deadline is March 6. Read more and register here.

Full event calendar and registration links

National Mid-term Workshop

The CWRA Ontario Branch is looking forward to hosting everyone at their upcoming full-day national mid-term workshop "The Canada Water Agency - Facilitating Collaboration on Freshwater Coordination and Stewardship". The following presentations and panel have now been confirmed for January 27, at the Andaz Hotel in Ottawa. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about Canada’s path forward on freshwater stewardship, governance, and leadership. 

Presentations include:
  • Welcome and Remarks: Terry Duguid, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • An Update on the Creation of the Canada Water Agency: Mike Goffin, Director General, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  • Climate Science 2050 Science & Knowledge Plan and Freshwater Linkages: Marjorie Shepherd, Science & Technology Branch (ECCC)
  • Canada Freshwater Data Strategy Framework – A Possible Roadmap: Dan Ingram and Jim M.C. Young, Office of the Chief Data Officer (ECCC)
  • IJC Perspectives on the Canada Water Agency: Commissioner Henry Lickers, International Joint Commission
  • Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program (FHIMP): Sheila Ball and Joshua Wiebe, Meteorological Service of Canada (ECCC)
  • An Update on Ontario’s Flooding Strategy: Mike Passey, Co-ordinator Natural Hazards, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • The Canada Water Agency: A One-Water Approach to Research, Development and Knowledge Mobilization: Dr. Frederick Wrona, University of Calgary
  • A panel discussion on the Modernization of the Canada Water Act will be moderated by Sandra Cooke, Canadian Water Network. The panel will include Theresa McClenaghan, Canadian Environmental Law Association.
The workshop will also include remarks from Stephanie Smith, CWRA National President, and Gillian Walker, CWRA Ontario Branch Board of Directors. Any further updates and additions to the workshop agenda, presentations and panel will be posted to the event web page.

After the workshop, all are welcome to a networking event at the Lowertown Brewery from 5:30 pm onwards (no registration necessary).

Only a few seats left. Please register now! If this workshop reaches the limit of available participant spaces, a waitlist will be generated.
Without the support of generous sponsors, events such as this wouldn't happen. CWRA would therefore like to thank our Gold sponsor: Conservation Ontario; Silver sponsors: Dillon Consulting, University of Calgary, AECOM; and Bronze sponsors, Matrix Solution Inc. and Kisters. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact for information.
More information and registration
The call for both oral presentation and poster abstracts for #CWRA2023 is still open.
The deadline for submission is January 31.
Learn more and submit your abstract (in French or English) on the conference website.

Sponsor #CWRA2023!

Have you checked out the Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus for CWRA 2023? This is the first conference the Atlantic provinces have hosted since 2011, and we are looking forward to welcoming back past sponsors and exhibitors, and meeting new ones! You can also learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities on the conference website.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
Job Title
: Engineer, Water Resources
Location: Successful applicants will start in Niagara, ON but may be expected to move to OPG’s new Corporate Campus in Clarington when it is developed in the mid-2020s.
Closing Date: February 1st, 2023

BC Public Service. Ministry of Forests.
Water Management Branch / Integrated Resource Operations Division

Job Title: Senior Water Resource Specialist
Location: Victoria, BC
Closing Date: February 6th, 2023

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.

CWRA Alberta Provincial Conference:
Call For Abstracts

The Alberta Branch of CWRA is excited to be hosting their first in-person provincial conference since 2019! The conference will be held April 2-4, 2023 at the Courtyard Calgary Airport Marriott in Calgary.

The conference aims to explore a variety of themes that are of interest to academics, consultants, government representatives, Indigenous organizations, and other stakeholders involved in water resource management, decision-making, and research in Alberta.

Abstracts are now being accepted here

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words and will be accepted until February 3, 2023. For more information about the conference, including potential presentation topics, please visit the conference website

Meet our Members

Say hello to Gail Faveri!

While many of you have known Gail for a long time, we're thrilled that many more are getting to know her through our mentoring program. She is such an asset to the program, freely sharing her stories and broad experience with each new group of upcoming water professionals (and hopefuls). Thanks Gail, we appreciate it!

1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it?
I'm retired from my thirty-five year career as a water resources engineer, both in consulting engineering and the federal government, which mainly focused on storm water, drainage, river engineering and reservoir management. I worked and lived in every province except PEI and NL. Now I am in Manitoba, working part-time for the federal government as a member of a flood hazard identification team for the National Hydrologic Service of Environment and Climate Change Canada, where I worked for fifteen years before I retired.

I like the variety of my career and the opportunity to serve Canadians. I feel like I made a difference in projects across the country. I am still continuing to contribute with mentoring programs and my part-time employment.

2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I first went to a National Conference when I was living in Halifax in the late 80s (early 90s?). As a young professional engineer, I found it exciting to see the breadth and numbers of practicing professionals across the nation. However, I didn't become a branch member until I was working in Greater Vancouver in the 1990s. There I was able to fully participate in BC branch events.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA?
I really like the opportunity to network, to meet and make connections with other professionals in water resources fields. I also like the ability to learn about new approaches to problems in the fields and the opportunities to enhance my water resources engineering career. At the National Conference I attended in Halifax over thirty years ago, I heard about climate change for the first time in depth and became aware of the implications it would have for water engineering in Canada.

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 the opportunity to meet again face to face. I'm glad that the coronavirus pandemic, which is still continuing, has woken many up to the dangers of the way we were living previously, the wildly wasteful consumption of natural resources destroying ecosystems, and travel and trade conditions exposing multitudes to viruses, diseases and supply shortages. I am therefore excited that we may do better in a post-pandemic world, even starting now. 

5. Tell us something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic.
During the initial isolation stage of the pandemic, when I was living alone, I made a resolution to call or email a friend or family member across Canada or the world each day. I learnt that this necessary human connection was sufficient to sustain my mental health, which I had worried would break. I have continued the practice even though I am no longer living alone.

Read CWRA's Winter 2023 Water News Here

Final Reminders!
Applications are now being accepted for the Winter 2023 session of CWRA's popular mentoring program. Applications are due by January 29, 2023. The session will run from February – April 2023 and will include two two-hour group meetings (late February, early April). The focus of this mentoring session will be determined based on the accepted participants.
Mentoring Information and Application
The Canadian Water Resources Association annually offers six scholarships awarded to graduate students whose programs of study focus on applied, natural, or social science aspects of water resources. Scholarship applications are due January 31, 2023. Applicants submit one application to be considered for all the scholarships for which they are eligible.
Scholarship Information and Application

Bi-Weekly Paper Series
While we're not yet at the spring equinox, and snow will remain for a while at many geographical locations, Chinese New Year 2023 is almost here and so with this BWPS we celebrate the beauty of new beginnings and the connectivity between phenomena on a global scale. Mondal et al. (2023) show how regional connectivity and spatial heterogeneity of drought phenomena can be understood using topology. Sehgal et al. (2023) utilize remote sensing techniques to monitor drought phenomena over short time scales. On the watershed scale, Sun et al. (2023) indicate how inter-basin water transfer in China is related to virtual water utilized and exchanged in the context of supply chains. Becker et al. (2023) astutely examine how models represent hydrological processes when applied to shorter and longer reaches of a stream. Fischer et al. (2022) show how biochar treatments for rice fields in Costa Rica influence the regional hydrological cycle.
Becker PS, Ward AS, Herzog SP, Wondzell SM. 2023. Testing Hidden Assumptions of Representativeness in Reach-Scale Studies of Hyporheic Exchange. Water Resources Research 59 (1): e2022WR032718 DOI: 10.1029/2022WR032718
Why hydrological models do not always represent hyporheic zone processes when applied to shorter stream sections: sometimes longer reaches are more representative of watershed-scale hydrology; and characterizing variability and observations.

Fischer BMC, Morillas L, Rojas Conejo J, Sánchez‐Murillo R, Suárez Serrano A, Frentress J, Cheng C, Garcia M, Manzoni S, Johnson MS, et al. 2022. Investigating the impacts of biochar on water fluxes in a rice experiment in the dry corridor of Central America, Costa Rica. Hydrological Processes 36 (12) DOI: 10.1002/hyp.14765
How biochar is used in conjunction with rice fields in Costa Rica: two different biochar treatments at an upland area; biogeochemical processes characterized by isotope analyses and physical hydrology; and examining soil properties and sources.

Mondal S, K. Mishra A, Leung R, Cook B. 2023. Global droughts connected by linkages between drought hubs. Nature Communications 14 (1): 144 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-35531-8
How topology can be used to characterize spatial linkages between regional and global droughts: heterogeneity, network hubs and more connectivity in some regions; and the role of topography related to drought synchrony over time.

Sehgal V, Gaur N, Mohanty BP. 2021. Global Flash Drought Monitoring Using Surface Soil Moisture. Water Resources Research 57 (9) DOI: 10.1029/2021WR029901
A novel method for monitoring fast onset drought phenomena using remote sensing: using SMAP datasets of soil moisture; techniques for dealing with observation time; and a global geography of phenomena with assessment.

Sun S, Tang Q, Konar M, Fang C, Liu H, Liu X, Fu G. 2023. Water transfer infrastructure buffers water scarcity risks to supply chains. Water Research 229: 119442 DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2022.119442
Quantifying the contributions of inter-basin water transfer as virtual water to supply chains: a geography of production and consumption in China; understanding regional water scarcity and risks; and why infrastructure is always important.

Other News You Can Use
Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines Series
Natural Resources Canada is pleased to announce that the Federal Land Use Guide for Flood Risk Areas version 1.0 has been published and is available for download here.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to communities in using risk-based methodologies for the purpose of land use planning with attention to flood-prone areas. This document is published as part of the Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines Series developed to advance flood mapping activities across Canada, which is critical to support informed decisions to reduce the impacts of flooding in communities.
Register today for the 56th annual International Conference on Water Management Modeling.
Inherently multi-disciplinary, the ICWMM is designed for any who have a direct stake in stormwater management, non-point source pollution or urban water systems. Do you have a water management project or an innovation that you'd like to share with your peers? Submit your abstract today to present -
Where: Vancouver BC
When: 11th to 13th September
For: Water and Wastewater Professionals
Join, renew, or donate here

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