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November 11, 2022

Hello <<First Name>>,

This is short to save you the time to read through all the new events and news- we have in-person workshops planned for Ottawa and Winnipeg in early 2023, a virtual training session for Urban Road Drainage Design, and more, as always. CWRA 2023's Call for Sessions is open- and tell all the water students you know that their membership or renewal will be free in 2023! And if they're graduate students, that they should apply for our scholarship program.

Happy Friday!


Webinars and Courses
 
SYP Ottawa Coffee Talk, Ottawa, ON: Nov 13, 2-4PM ET. Join SYP Ottawa for a Meet and Greet.
NASH workshop: Nov. 29, 9 am - 5 pm PT. NASH Salt Dilution Hydrometric Monitoring Workshop This workshop is now full, but if you would like to be on the waitlist for this event, please email nash@cwra.org.
New BC SYP Blue Drinks, Vancouver BC: Nov 29, 5PM PT. Join Blue Drinks Vancouver for an in-person event.
New SYP Ottawa Webinar: Nov 30, 7PM ET.  Investigating Nature-Based Solutions in Coastal Engineering with Scott Baker
Saskatchewan Branch Webinar series: Dec. 13, 12 pm CT. Prussian carp in western Canada: life on the invasion front. Speaker: Christopher Somers, U of R.
New Midterm Workshop, Ottawa ON: January 27, 2023. Canada Water Agency – Facilitating Collaboration on Freshwater Coordination and Stewardship
New Urban Roadway Drainage Design Training (virtual delivery): January 23-26, 2023. Online training course. Register by December 31.
New Manitoba Flood of 2022 Workshop: February 21, 2023. Learn more here.
Full event calendar and registration links

CWRA2023 Call for Sessions


The Call for Sessions is now open! Read more and find out how to submit your session on the conference website.


Canada Water Agency Workshop
Jan 27, 2022
Ottawa, ON
Registration is now open for an in-person workshop in Ottawa to explore a variety of topics related to moving forward on freshwater coordination and stewardship. In anticipation that an announcement will be made regarding the Government of Canada’s commitment to establish a Canada Water Agency prior to our workshop at the end of January, we plan to focus on the following areas of discussion:
  • Governance and leadership, including the new Canada Water Agency
  • Advancing coordinated efforts on freshwater science and data
  • Modernization of the Canada Water Act
Read more and Register Now!

Have you heard? In June, our National Board voted to remove the membership fee in CWRA for students who join or renew starting in January 2023. CSHS student membership will also be free. Stay tuned for more information about other student affiliate fees, and spread the word!


Job Board
Nothing is up right now, but remember to check the job board between newsletters because jobs are posted as soon as we receive them. We also post jobs of interest to SYPs on our Slack channel.
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 info@cwra.org for rate information.

Meet our Members
 
Say hello to Mike Gallant!

Mike Gallant (he/him) served as the treasurer for CWRA2022, and he's been active in the Alberta Branch for a while, but his involvement with CWRA reaches back even longer than that. Thanks for sticking with us, Mike!

 
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it?
I work as a water resources engineer for Kerr Wood Leidal Associates and specialize in river and stream restoration, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, and erosion and sediment control – my wife says I work with water, dirt and sticks! I’ve worked in consulting since starting my career in Alberta in 2007 after completing a graduate program at the University of New Brunswick and spending a year oversees with Engineers Without Borders. I really like working on problem-solving – tackling issues over the full spectrum of initial planning, designing solutions, to seeing the constructed product on the ground….then going back year over year to see how the solution evolves over time.  In particular, I like working in a field where I get to directly address important issues facing the globe, but on a more local level. For example, I like that I’m working on projects that address components of erosion, water quality, biodiversity, climate change, species at risk, and riparian health. 

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
I’m embarrassed that I don’t recall exactly when - but I think it was back in grad school at the University of New Brunswick. I definitely got more involved when I joined KWL in 2014 because it was highly encouraged by my colleagues - there were 4 former CWRA national presidents on staff at the time so we place a lot of value in the organization. And for good reason as I’ll explain below. I’m now the treasurer of the Alberta Branch and a director on the Board of Directors.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA?
CWRA provides a unique forum for those of us working on water issues to come together outside of our day jobs, learn from each other and collaborate on important initiatives. It also allows us to get to know each other personally and develop friendships with others who are passionate about water and who are from diverse backgrounds. I like meeting new people through the organization and collaborating on events/initiatives of common interest that bring us all together. This all leads to the support the organization provides in developing soft skills such as collaboration, organization leadership, public speaking, people management, etc. that may not be possible through our day-to-day jobs but will help us with career advancement.

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 that my young kids are back into activities like swimming, hockey and gymnastics and that I am able to visit family again back on the East Coast. I’m also excited about in person conferences and meetings.

5. Tell us something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic.
I have been working remotely since 2017 so working from home was/is normal days for me. But what I learned through this time is that exercise and outside time are very important to me. I definitely cherish the daily lunchtime walks in our neighborhood park with my wife.  I also didn’t know that I liked in person conferences and meetings so much per the above.

 

Scholarships

Spread the word- graduate students doing research in water-related fields or topics are eligible to apply for a CWRA Scholarship. Applications are due January 31, 2023.

Learn more and apply here.


Bi-Weekly Paper Series
 
This installment of the CWRA BWPS features papers written on riverine processes and the novel biogeochemical and physical changes that contribute to the hydrology of a region in the context of water cycles that operate on a global scale. Lim et al. (2022) revisit seasonality and tropical watersheds, whereas Ekanayake (2023) review the geographical scale-related impacts of COVID-19. Thalinger (2021) review eDNA processes and examine eDNA in coastal estuaries. With respect to geomorphology, Bodek and Jerolmack (2021) quantitatively investigate stream transport and rock breakdown, whereas Riedel et al. (2022) link stream geomorphology to hyporheic zone processes. 

Bodek S, Jerolmack DJ. 2021. Breaking down chipping and fragmentation in sediment transport: the control of material strength. Earth Surface Dynamics 9 (6): 1531–1543 DOI: 10.5194/esurf-9-1531-2021 Investigating the breakdown of rocks during stream transport events: chipping and fragmentation investigated using lab experiments, mathematics, and rotating drum experiments to determine mass loss, shape and strength.

Lim HS, Munksgaard NC, Bird MI. 2022. Revisiting Michael Bonell’s work on humid tropical rainforest catchments: Isotope tracers reveal seasonal shifts in catchment hydrology. Hydrological Processes 36 (10) DOI: 10.1002/hyp.14722 Humid tropical watersheds and revisiting the work of Michael Bonell: watersheds in the same region of Australia; runoff monitoring and chemical sampling; and rainfall runoff hydrograph relationships showing fast streamflow responses.

Riedel JW, Peterson EW, Dogwiler TJ, Seyoum WM. 2022. Investigating Thermal Controls on the Hyporheic Flux as Evaluated Using Numerical Modeling of Flume-Derived Data. Hydrology 9 (9): 156 DOI: 10.3390/hydrology9090156 Hyporheic zone geomorphology and the importance of water temperature: quantifying groundwater flow; flume experiments and numerical modelling; limitations and relationships associated with kinematic viscosity for advective transport.

Thalinger B, Kirschner D, Pütz Y, Moritz C, Schwarzenberger R, Wanzenböck J, Traugott M. 2021. Lateral and longitudinal fish environmental DNA distribution in dynamic riverine habitats. Environmental DNA 3 (1): 305–318 DOI: 10.1002/edn3.171 The role of eDNA in estuaries: a review of eDNA methods in the context of turbidity, species-specific, environmental and geographical factors; application to the San Francisco Estuary as an example; and recommendations and challenges for management.

Ekanayake A, Rajapaksha AU, Hewawasam C, Anand U, Bontempi E, Kurwadkar S, Biswas JK, Vithanage M. 2023. Environmental challenges of COVID-19 pandemic: resilience and sustainability – A review. Environmental Research 216: 114496 DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114496 The environmental impacts of COVID-19: an extensive overview of the literature; wastewater and transmission in the context of the hydrological cycle; routes related to the soil; and the role of environmental waste and chemical contaminants.

 

Other News You Can Use
 
The Call for Sessions and Associated Events is open for the IAGLR 2023 Conference- until tonight! Read more and find out how to submit here.
BC is asking for feedback on their proposed Flood Strategy until January 6, 2023. Read their intentions paper and submit your feedback online.

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