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Hello <<First Name>>,
We hope that wherever you are (and whatever the weather!) you have a chance to spend a few minutes along a shoreline next week contemplating, and appreciating, Canadian water. The theme of this year's World Water Day is "Valuing Water" and though we each value it in different ways, there is no denying it is important in all of our lives.

If you haven't yet registered, take the time now to sign up for our free panel discussion on March 25, when several Canadian water scholars and practitioners will share their thoughts on how they feel water is currently being valued in Canada, and how they feel it should be valued moving forward. On March 22, our friends at Global Water Futures are also hosting a discussion on the value of water, as is the International Water Resources Association. Read more about both of those events below. There is also still time to register for presentations from NRCan (in both English and French) introducing two new documents in the Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines Series.

And check out this week's job board - whoa!

Register Now!

CWRA National World Water Day Panel: "Valuing Water in Canada"
Thursday, March 25, 2:00 pm ET


To celebrate World Water Day 2021, CWRA is hosting what promises to be a lively panel discussion focused on the topic of how water is viewed and valued in Canada. Rivers with rights? The price of water? Canada's water in a global context? If time permits, questions will also be accepted from the audience.

The panel will be moderated by CWRA President-elect Stephanie Smith. Confirmed panellists include Bob Sandford, Chair, Water and Climate Security, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health; Dr. Chandra Madramootoo, James McGill Professor, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University; Dr. Myrle Ballard, Indigenous scholar, Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba; and PhD candidate and CWRA National SYP member Sylvie Spraakman, University of Toronto.

Learn more and register here.

CWRA Webinars on Tap ...

CWRA, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada, is hosting webinars to introduce new documents in the Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines Series

March 23 webinars presented in English:
1:00 pm ET:
Federal Airborne LiDAR Data Acquisition Guideline Version 3.0. Charles Papasodoro, NRCan
1:30 pm ET: Federal Flood Damage Estimation Guidelines for Buildings and Infrastructure. Heather McGrath, NRCan

March 23 webinars presented in French:
2:00 pm ET:
Guide d’orientation fédéral sur l’acquisition de données par lidar aéroporté Version 3.0. Guillaume Légaré Couture, RNCan
2:30 pm ET: Guide d’orientation fédéral sur l’estimation des dommages causés aux bâtiments et aux infrastructures par les inondations. Marc-André Faucher, RNCan

These webinars are free, but you must register here.

Next Saskatchewan Branch webinar:
April 13, 12-1pm CST: Applied approaches to integrated water quantity and quality modelling of complex systems in Canada’s northern environments. Ross Philips, Golder Associates

Cost for the series: 8 webinars (3 remaining in the series):
Corporate: $100 
CWRA members: $35
Nonmembers: $50
Students: $20
Individual webinars:
CWRA members: $10
Nonmembers: $15

Find out more about the series and register here.

Save the date for the next SYP Water Talk:
April 28, 11am -12pm ET: Details coming soon!

Cost for the CWRA Members: Free
Cost for CWRA Nonmembers: $15
Cost for all Students: Free

Find out more about the series here.

We occasionally hold last minute events that fall between our bi-weekly newsletters. Visit the events page for up-to-the-minute offerings. (And don't forget that members can log in to access our webinar archive!)

CWRA Ontario Branch online 2D HEC-RAS training courses

2D HEC-RAS Training Course
Course Dates: March 29 – April 2, 2021
Course Times: Half days, from 8am – 1pm ET
Today (March 19) is the registration deadline for this course! Please contact us ASAP!

Information and registration for the 2D course here. A link to access the course will be sent to all registrants after the registration deadline. 

World Water Day 2021

On behalf of the Global Water Futures program and its national and international partners including the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, we would like to invite you to participate as a special World Water Day celebration is broadcast from Canmore, Canada. The theme for World Water Day 2021 is Valuing Water: What Water Means to You. The theme has been modified slightly to focus on Valuing Mountain Water in a global context.
 For further information and to register, please visit the online event page

Canadian Water Resources Association * Massey College, University of Toronto 
Collaborative Leadership Initiative * Forum for Leadership on Water * Living Lakes International
University of Calgary * Guardians of the Ice * UNESCO
The IWRA is hosting a full day webinar on World Water Day 2021
 Monday, March 22nd, 2021
 From 9:00 am to 10:30 am CET, and
From 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm CET 
 For further information about topics and distinguished panellists, and to register, please visit the online event page 

P.S. The IWRA is also hosting an IWRA 50th Anniversary High Level Panel
"A Conversation on Water: Assessing the State of Knowledge and Achievement"
Thursday, March 25th, 4 - 5:30 pm CET
Learn more and register

CWRA National Conference

CWRA's national (virtual) conference will take place from May 31 to June 4, 2021, under the theme "Managing water risks and opportunities: sharing knowledge and expertise". The program includes sessions dealing with, among other things, water management in agriculture, the St. Lawrence River, modeling and measurement techniques, and water in times of pandemic. Experts from all backgrounds (academics, water professionals from the private and public sectors, environmental organizations, etc.) are welcome. 

Visit the conference website to learn about confirmed keynote speakers. Stay tuned - additional details will be posted as they are available! Consult the list of session themes here. For any questions, please contact

Vous êtes invités à soumettre votre résumé pour une présentation orale ou une présentation par affiche lors du 74e congrès national de l'ACRH. Le congrès se tiendra du 31 mai au 4 juin 2021, en mode virtuel. Le thème du congrès est : La gestion des risques et des opportunités liés à l’eau : partage des connaissances et des expertises. Les soumissions provenant d’experts de tous horizons (universitaires, professionnels de l'eau des secteurs privé et public, organisations environnementales, etc.) sont les bienvenues!

Pour en savoir plus sur les thématiques consultez la liste des sessionsPour toute question, veuillez contacter

Water we Reading?

Care for a book review? Here's a great one!

Wulf, Andrea. 2015. The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World.

One of our long-serving members (Bob Halliday *cough cough) recommended this book the other day and we wholeheartedly agree with his review. (Notice how dog-eared our copy is? We couldn't put it down!)

Alexander von Humboldt was a German polymath who made an epic five-year journey to South America beginning in 1799 and just one other significant trip, across Russia in1829. The South American trip alone led to a 34-volume account.  In effect, he invented ecology and set the stage for evolution, preceding Darwin and many others. The Americas are littered with his name, even in Saskatchewan, and in his day the only other person as famous was Napoleon. Today he has been consigned to ancient history, in part because of anti-German sentiment from two world wars. Wulf seeks to change that and succeeds admirably. Humboldt had a fertile mind that jumped from topic to topic. His account of declining water levels of Lake Valencia, Venezuela describe the Aral Sea problem perfectly. He even had the beginnings of understanding related to plate tectonics. Among his supporters and acolytes were Simon Bolivar, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau, and John Muir. (Alfred Russel Wallace was also a devotee although he is not mentioned in the book.) This is a fairly short book containing over 100 pages of notes, lavish illustrations including colour plates, and a few basic maps. Wulf is a graceful writer and the book is a pleasure to read. 

Check this out!

In BBC's monthly feature Then and Now, they reveal some of the ways that planet Earth has been changing against the backdrop of a warming world. This time they've turned their attention to the effects of extreme weather on a crucial reservoir that supplies water to millions of people in northern California.

Then and now: A 'megadrought' in California

Job Board

Wow, things are heating up at the Water Security Agency; they are hiring big time!
Please visit our job board for more information about each posting and instructions how to apply.
Position Title: Project Manager, Irrigation (2 Positions)
Competition Number: WSA-107-108-2020/21
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 21, 2021

Position Title: Project Lands Manager
Competition Number: WSA-109-2020/21
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 21, 2021

Position Title: Project Engineer, Irrigation
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Competition Number: WSA-106-2020/21
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 21, 2021

Position Title: Senior Engineer, Structural Design ( Temporary 15-months)
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Competition Number: WSA-110-2020/21
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 22, 2021

Position Title: Project Engineer OR Senior Project Engineer
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Competition Number: WSA-82-2020/21
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 24, 2021

Position Title: Technologist, Hydrometric Data Systems
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Competition Number: WSA-91-2020/21
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 26, 2021

Position Title: Manager, Approvals Assurance (South)
Location: Yorkton, SK
Competition Number: WSA-114-2020/21
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 28, 2021

Position Title: Ecologist, In-stream Flow Assessment
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Competition Number: WSA-112-2020/21 
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 30, 2021

And a job NOT from the Water Security Agency ...
First Nation-owned company Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth) has an opening:
 Intermediate Hydrologist
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Apply by: 5:00 PM March 26, 2021

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 for rate information.

Meet our Members

Thanks for keeping us organized John!

While John Van Der Eerden has served in almost every role possible at CWRA (and is coming up on 30 years of service!) right now he has an especially critical job as the National Secretary.

And John's not exaggerating when he says he likes to get off the grid when he's not working. This photo? Taken when he was prawning off Desolation Sound. He certainly looks like a happy man enjoying a well-deserved break!
What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
When I am not helping out with CWRA, I am the Vice President of Water Resources at Associated Engineering. Although I am located in Vancouver, I am fortunate that my position allows me to work with colleagues located in offices extending from Ontario to BC and in the Northern Territories. I am especially happy that I get to be involved in interesting Water Resources projects across Canada and abroad.

When did you first join the CWRA? 
I hate to say it, but I am starting to feel like one of the old timers of CWRA. In fact, I became involved in the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences in BC before there was an active BC CWRA Branch. I think that was 1992. However, soon afterwards the BC branch of CWRA was formed and swept up the CSHS and me along with it.

Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
It is very clear to me that if I had not joined and actively participated in CWRA my sphere of Water Resources knowledge and connections would be substantially smaller. While being a member of the BC Branch I transitioned through every position and acted in the role of President in the early 2000’s. While acting as Vice-President and President I also became a member of the National Board which increased my exposure to the rest of the Country. I have been on the National Executive since 2006. Volunteering in this position aligns nicely with my regular job by keeping me up-to-date with National initiatives and activities taking place within each of the Provincial Branches and National Subsidiaries.

What are you most excited for once we return to a  pre-pandemic normal?
I feel very fortunate to have access to significant recreational opportunities. Although the pandemic has kept me and my wife Andrea close to home, we have still managed to go off the grid while kayaking Desolation Sound this past summer, and I have managed to sneak away to the slopes of Whistler quite a few times this winter. As a result, I have not felt very constrained and have adjusted to the current restrictions. That said, I can’t wait to let down my guard and enjoy a maskless night out with friends and family.

Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
Before the pandemic I was travelling regularly and that came to a screeching halt last March. I am often asked whether I miss the travelling or appreciate not having to travel. Strangely, my answer is that I hardly notice the difference. Admittedly my commute has improved, but in-person meetings have been replaced by conference calls and the projects have remained just as interesting. The most important thing that I have learned is not about me – it is that my wife is a very patient person.

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!

Other News You Can Use

Registration is Open!
CWRA is proud to support the Western Canada 2021 AquaHacking Challenge in the role of Water Issue Leader for "On-farm nutrient capture and recycling". We are pleased to contribute to the program and to support students and young professionals in understanding this important water issue and developing a solution to address the question: "How can we capture and reuse the valuable nutrients from livestock operations and improve the health of nearby rivers, lakes and aquifers?" To learn more, watch the 8-minute webinar introducing the issueClick here to learn more and to register for the challenge by the April 15 deadline. For specific questions, contact Carolina Restrepo, Western Canada AquaHacking Challenge Coordinator.
Call for Nominations: 2021 Water's Next Awards
Every year, the Water’s Next awards program honours the achievements of individuals, projects, and technologies that are having a positive impact on the water industry in Canada and abroad. This year, they're accepting nominations across 15 categories. Be sure to get your nominations in by March 31, 2021Learn more here.
This newsletter is being sent to you from alongside the Columbia Wetlands, in the Upper Columbia River basin, on the traditional lands of the Ktunaxa Nation.

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