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Hello <<First Name>>,

And poof, just like that, it's Pumpkin Spice season. We hope your summer-to-fall transition is going smoothly: the pace has certainly started to pick up around the national office! A gentle reminder - if you haven't yet filled out our super-short member-plus survey, please take a moment to help us plan for the future and serve you better!

Webinars on tap ...

Stay tuned! The Saskatchewan Branch is putting the finishing touches on their long-running annual webinar series (noon Saskatchewan time on the second Tuesday of the month from October through June). The SYP is also busy lining up speakers for their Water Talk series. The SYP presentations run during the last week of the month from October to March. Look for details about these and other webinars in the next eblast (delivered to your inbox on September 17). Are you interested in presenting a webinar? Let us know!
Online Short Course on Principles of Hydrology
October 5 - November 4, 2021 (intensive online Tuesdays and Thursdays)


The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology, with the assistance of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences, is offering an intensive course on the physical principles of hydrology with particular relevance to Canadian conditions. The course is led by Dr. John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources & Climate Change, and taught by Dr. Pomeroy and a team of subject-matter experts.

This course is available for credit from the University of Saskatchewan as Geography 827: Principles of Hydrology. Please register soon; this is a very popular course! Course details and pricing

Note: this course plans to return to an in-person format in fall 2022

Water we up to? Mentoring!

The deadline is fast approaching for our Fall 2021 National Mentoring Program

All CWRA members are invited to apply to join our Fall Mentoring Virtual Session as either mentors or mentees.

The fall session will be held online from October 2021 to January 2022 and will include participants from across Canada. The program will include three 90-minute group meetings (October, November, and January) and one-on-one mentoring sessions. The program will focus on the needs of mentees applying for jobs and working on early-career development, but mentees at other stages of their career development (e.g., early undergrad, career development during employment) are welcome to apply and will be included as space permits.

The application deadline is September 15th by midnight Pacific Time. All applicants will be notified about their participation status by Friday, September 24th. For more information about the program structure, expectations of participants, and to apply, visit our website (and spread the word!).

Survey Reminder

Last week we sent out a link to a survey for CWRA members and members of the broader water community in Canada. We've had an excellent response (SO many great comments), but if you haven't yet filled it out, now's your chance!

The survey is anonymous and we estimate it will take five minutes. We sincerely hope you will take the time to participate, and help us meet your needs by continuing to improve our communications and member services. Please fill it out before September 7th.

CWRA Member Plus Survey

Hot off the Presses

CWRA would like to welcome AECOM as our newest Corporate Gold member. We want to thank them for their support as they join Associated Engineering and Stantec in our top-tier corporate category. Learn more about CWRA corporate membership on our website or feel free to reach out to us with questions.

Water World

Future global urban water scarcity and potential solutions

From Nature Communications:

Urbanization and climate change are together exacerbating water scarcity—where water demand exceeds availability—for the world’s cities. We quantify global urban water scarcity in 2016 and 2050 under four socioeconomic and climate change scenarios, and explored potential solutions. Here we show the global urban population facing water scarcity is projected to increase from 933 million (one third of global urban population) in 2016 to 1.693–2.373 billion people (one third to nearly half of global urban population) in 2050, with India projected to be most severely affected in terms of growth in water-scarce urban population (increase of 153–422 million people). The number of large cities exposed to water scarcity is projected to increase from 193 to 193–284, including 10–20 megacities. More than two thirds of water-scarce cities can relieve water scarcity by infrastructure investment, but the potentially significant environmental trade-offs associated with large-scale water scarcity solutions must be guarded against.
Read the open access article here.

Rare earth elements and old mines spell trouble for Western U.S. water supplies

Just found an interesting piece in PhysOrg about rare earth elements finding their way into Colorado water supplies, driven by changes in climate. The new study was recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Read the article here.

More information: Garrett P. Rue et al, Enhanced Rare Earth Element Mobilization in a Mountain Watershed of the Colorado Mineral Belt with Concomitant Detection in Aquatic Biota: Increasing Climate Change-Driven Degradation to Water Quality, Environmental Science & Technology (2021). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.1c02958

Job Board

Position Title: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Walkerton Clean Water Centre
Location: Walkerton, ON
Application deadline: September 13, 2021

The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC), a best-in-class facility for training, applied research and technology, has a unique opportunity for an inspiring leader committed to the wellness of Ontarians and the provision of clean drinking water to all communities.

Under the Human Rights Code, WCWC will provide accommodation in the recruitment and selection process, if requested.


Visit the CWRA job board to learn more about this position and how to apply.
Jobs are posted on our website job board as we receive them. If you would like to post a job on our website and have it announced through our bi-weekly eblasts, email info@cwra.org for rate information.

We'll be celebrating our 75th anniversary next year with a special print edition of Water News. If you are interested in advertising in that issue (or our digital issues) let us know! And FYI: the jam-packed fall issue of Water News will be heading your way next week! In the meantime, check out our last edition here.

Meet our Members


Everyone say hello to Greg Schellenberg, the new President of the Manitoba Branch. Greg is a perfect example of the value of our SYP. He joined early in his undergraduate studies, stuck around to take advantage of networking and professional support, and has now taken on a leadership role in CWRA. Thanks Greg, we're looking forward to working with you!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I work for Hatch (a multidisciplinary engineering and professional services firm) as a Hydrotechnical Engineer. I like the variety that comes with my job – I work on a wide range of projects for clients all over the world, so I’m always learning something new. My hydrotechnical colleagues in the Winnipeg office are also pretty great!

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
I first joined CWRA back in 2011 when I was a student at the University of Manitoba. It was great to be a part of an enthusiastic community of water resources students, and I eventually became the president of the local CWRA-SYP (Students and Young Professionals) chapter. My involvement with CWRA continued through my studies and into my professional life, and I still enjoy being part of the fantastic water resources community here in Manitoba and across Canada!

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
I like being able to connect and collaborate with people with a range of backgrounds, professions, and experiences, all of whom are united by one seemingly simple thing: water. I like that CWRA presents opportunities to expand my perspective on water and to learn how we can collaborate to manage this precious resource more effectively. 


4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
I am most excited to enjoy a live concert or sporting event – in particular, a Winnipeg Jets game!

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
My wife and I bought our first house during the pandemic, so I’ve learned a lot about my home renovation/upkeep abilities (or lack thereof?).

Other News You Can Use

The Nexus of Law and Water: Recent developments in the rights of nature and ecocide
Free webinar - 7 September - 13:00 (CET)

This webinar, organized by the IWRA Water Security Task force, will address both the developments and the influences that the Right to a Healthy Environment and the definition of Ecocide have on each other and what it entails for the future. Our panel will consider the drivers for this movement and provide a clearer understanding as to what these developments mean for our rivers, mountains, forests and the health of our planet at large. Register here.

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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