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Well, today's the day. We hope you've submitted your abstract for the conference because you are almost out of time. The deadline for scholarship applications has now passed and wow, what a response! If you have a few hours to spare please contact the scholarship committee, they'd appreciate a bit of help to pick out the 2022 recipients. And don't forget our photo contest. Entries are coming in fast and furious and from what we've seen so far, judging will be tough. We'd love to showcase your vision (and love) of Canadian water so get out those cameras!

Webinars and Courses
CWRA SYP Winnipeg Chapter
February 18, 12:30 pm CT. Tools for predicting and communicating flood risk and flood forecasts. Dr. Ricardo Mantilla (the U of M’s newest water resources faculty member!)

Dr. Mantilla will present recent progress on fully-automated flood forecasting models and a set of tools to inform the public about impacts that were originally developed by the Iowa Flood Center in the United States and that his team is now working to bring to Manitoba.

This event is free. To learn more please see the event poster on the WPG SYP Instagram, and to receive the link for the event please email 

CANCID 2022 Webinar Series (Canadian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage)
March 3, 1 pm MT.
This year's CANCID webinar series will kick off with a webinar presented by Chris Gallagher. More information and registration will be available soon on the website.

CWRA Saskatchewan Branch 2022 Webinar Series
March 8, Noon CT: Ice processes in Prairie Canada. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt. 

More webinar details will be available soon. Learn more about the series and register here.

Single webinar:
CWRA Member $10.00
CWRA Non-member $15.00

Five webinar series:
CWRA Member $25.00
CWRA Non-member $50.00
Student $20.00
Corporate $100.00

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.

Save these dates!

March 22, 24, 29, 31. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Flood mapping webinars.
Info will be posted soon on our events page.

April 12-14.* 10 am - 3 pm ET each day. CWRA Ontario Branch HEC-HMS Training. *Date change

The training will be delivered virtually through a mix of lectures and hands-on workshops, with the opportunity to follow up with the instructor following the course. The deadline to register is March 28. Learn more and register here.

May 9-13. CSHS Principles of Modelling Short Course (CIVE  781)

This course addresses the development of computational models of watershed hydrology in support of water resources management and scientific investigation.

More information here. Registration will open shortly.

Oct. 31-Nov. 10. Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology (GEOG 827)

The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology with the assistance of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences is once again offering this popular (and 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.

Further details about this course can be found here. Registration will open shortly.

Reminder: Photo Contest Deadline March 15!

Thanks to those of you who have already entered our photo contest. If you haven't yet sent in any photos - there's no time like the present! 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 15, 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
Canada and the U.S. reconvene to advance Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty have been underway since May 2018. Since then, Canada and the USA have discussed a wide range of issues tied to the internationally recognized water management agreement. From the Treaty’s original purposes of enhancing flood risk management and hydroelectric power, to incorporating ecosystems into the Treaty, increasing bilateral coordination of Libby Dam operations, and expanding operational flexibility to meet Canadian interests, the countries are exploring how the Treaty can be improved to reflect their needs today and into the future.

The latest Columbia Basin Treaty newsletter discusses how, during recent lulls in the conversation due to COVID, the Canadian team, consisting of Canada, BC, and the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, and Syilx Okanagan Nations, continued (and continues) to work on collaborative projects to strengthen Canada’s negotiating positions. This includes a modelling initiative that will examine a variety of hydroelectric system operations to determine how Treaty dams could be managed differently to meet Canadian Basin interests, including ecosystems, Indigenous cultural values, flood-risk management, hydro power, and social and economic objectives.
Read the newsletter here.

Today's the day! Last call for abstracts #CWRA2022

Get moving people! You only have until the end of day today to submit your abstract for oral presentations and poster sessions in preparation for the 2022 National Conference. All submissions must comply with guidelines outlined here. If you have questions or problems with your submission, please contact for assistance.

A COVID-safe Conference


The CWRA2022 conference organizing team is committed to the highest possible health and safety standards. Therefore, regardless of protocols in place for the Province of Alberta at the time of the conference, we will be requiring in-person conference attendees to:

  1. Be fully vaccinated (proof of vaccination required at the time of registration), 
  2. Be masked throughout the event, and
  3. Sign a liability waiver at the time of registration acknowledging health protocols in place for the in-person event.
This is in accordance with National and International guidance for attending in-person gatherings, and the protocols expected by CWRA National.
Sponsors and Exhibitors

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 this installment of the BWPS, Bahmanpouri et al. (2022) use entropy PDF distributions to model velocity in a river channel at a confluence, and Nerantzaki and Papalexiou (2022) indicate how statistics can be used to characterize extreme hydrometeorological events. Chad et al. (2022) show how stable isotopes can be used to quantify hydrological processes at the spatial scale of an oil sands mine, whereas Jiang et al. (2022) analyze the chemistry of water used for oil and gas extraction over a large geographical area of the southwestern USA. The CUAHSI Board of Directors and Officers (2022) provide an important overview of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the hydrological sciences and indicate why a diversity of contributions are important to acknowledge in a holistic fashion.
1. Bahmanpouri F, Barbetta S, Gualtieri C, Ianniruberto M, Filizola N, Termini D, Moramarco T. 2022. Prediction of river discharges at confluences based on entropy theory and surface-velocity measurements. Journal of Hydrology 606: 127404 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.127404

River confluences and estimation of channel flow rate: the Amazon River and entropy PDF distributions; model comparisons with near-surface ADCP datasets for velocity distributions; and possible remote sensing satellite applications.

2. Chad SJ, Barbour SL, McDonnell JJ, Gibson JJ. 2022. Using stable isotopes to track hydrological processes at an oil sands mine, Alberta, Canada. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 40: 101032 DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrh.2022.101032

Quantifying hydrological processes at an oil sands mine using O-18 and H-2 stable isotopes: extensive sample collection; evaporative cooling tower modelling; and meteoric waters within oil sands processing cycles.

3. CUAHSI Board of Directors & Officers, Jerad Bales, Aditi Bhaskar, Greg Characklis, Alejandro Flores, Troy Gilmore, Jesus Gomez-Velez, Gordon Grant, Anne Jefferson, Safeeq Khan, Sarah Ledford, Steve Loheide, Gretchen Miller, Ashok Mishra, Anne Nolin, Jeanne VanBriesen, Jay Zarnetske, Margaret Zimmer, Adam Ward. 2022. COVID‐19 Impacts Highlight the Need for Holistic Evaluation of Research in the Hydrologic Sciences. Water Resources Research 58 (2) DOI: 10.1029/2021WR030930

Recognizing diversity of contributions to hydrology during the pandemic: wide-ranging effects, collective synergies, and lessons learned.

4. Jiang W, Xu X, Hall R, Zhang Y, Carroll KC, Ramos F, Engle MA, Lin L, Wang H, Sayer M, et al. 2022. Characterization of produced water and surrounding surface water in the Permian Basin, the United States. Journal of Hazardous Materials 430: 128409 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.128409

Characterizing water utilized for oil and gas extraction in the Permian Basin area of the southwestern USA: multiple water samples subjected to chemical analyses; temporal changes in constituents; and comparisons with river water.

5. Nerantzaki SD, Papalexiou SM. 2022. Assessing extremes in hydroclimatology: A review on probabilistic methods. Journal of Hydrology 605: 127302 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.127302

Probabilistic methods for characterization of extreme events in  hydrological and climatological time series: a classification of approaches; an overview of statistical distributions; parameter estimation; and non-stationarity

Reminder! Call for Submissions: Canadian Water Resources Journal

The editors of the Canadian Water Resources Journal are seeking individual or group suggestions for both quarterly and special issues of the journal. Over a dozen special issues have been published in the past and they represent key references on topic that are relevant to water science, management, and policy in Canada. Learn more about the journal on our website, and please do not hesitate to contact co-editors Chris Spence ( or André St-Hilaire ( if you have questions or suggestions.

CWRA would like to thank and welcome NHC northwest hydraulic consultants for becoming our latest Corporate Gold Member. We hope you enjoy the benefits of your CWRA corporate membership. (And congratulations on your 50th anniversary!)

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

The scholarship application deadline has now passed and WHOA we received twice as many applications this year as last! That means, of course, that we have a lot of work ahead of us reading through the excellent submissions. Do you have a few hours to volunteer for the scholarship committee? Send us an email.

Job Board

Sorry, no jobs to announce this week. Good luck in your search!
Remember to check our job board for jobs posted between newsletters. 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 hello to Robyn Andrishak

Look at that smile! How could you not want to work with this guy? The lucky Alberta Branch has benefitted (and continues to benefit) from Robyn's years of service as treasurer, president, and all around task-taker-onner and go-getter. Make no mistake, the entire Alberta Branch is hopping right now - they've lined up an exceptional annual national conference for us. We hope you're planning to attend - our rooms are already booked! And when you get there? Say thanks to the hard-working Alberta folks!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
River engineering has always been a central part of my career. I started out doing river ice engineering research at the University of Alberta after completing my Masters there. The field and technical experience I gained in that role was a significant benefit when I began my consulting career about four years later. Every river is unique, with its own characteristics and personality, and I truly enjoy the challenging nature of river engineering problems. I get to apply engineering judgement and experience to resolve all types of flooding and streambank erosion protection problems, among many other things. The work has also taken me all over Canada, and if I was a little more adventurous, I could work on some amazing rivers internationally too!

2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I joined the CWRA in 2010 when I attended my first Alberta Branch conference in Edmonton. A colleague encouraged me to attend shortly after I started consulting, and it was a great networking experience. The members were very welcoming. So welcoming in fact that, after attending the branch AGM, I found myself volunteering for the Board of Directors!

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
The CWRA has a very diverse membership in terms of technical expertise and professional roles in the water industry. I have met many friends and colleagues from consulting firms, government agencies, and post-secondary institutions through my CWRA involvement.

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
The water resources profession, like many others, is very collaborative in nature. While we have been very fortunate to continue working and interacting on virtual platforms quite effectively throughout the pandemic, there are so many things we have been missing in our day to day professional interactions and mentoring activities. I am most excited right now about the upcoming 2022 National Conference in Canmore! That would be a great return to a pre-pandemic “normal” for the CWRA’s 75th anniversary.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
During the pandemic I finally had time to do some reading, and I learned that I did have an attention span long enough to get through some books I had intended to read for many years!

Other News You Can Use
Current edition now online
Volume 41, No 1 – Winter 2022
Save the Date

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Office invites you to attend an information-sharing webinar featuring talks from two research projects funded by the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. The two projects being highlighted are InnoVantage Inc. on municipal wastewater lagoon monitoring, and Native Plant Solutions on phosphorus retention in conventional and naturalized storm water ponds.

Date: Wednesday, March 9
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am, CT

This webinar is part of an ongoing series of information sharing events related to nutrient reduction efforts in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Please feel free to share this invitation and the MS Teams link. There is no need to register and there is no fee to attend.
The 55th annual International Conference on Water Management Modeling, being held virtually on March 2-3, 2022. The ICWMM brings together professionals from around the world to exchange ideas on current practices and emerging technologies in water management. Emphasis is on state-of-the-art computer modeling for resolving water quantity and quality problems in stormwater, wastewater, watershed, and water distribution systems.

 Learn more here.
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