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CWRA Water News and Views
April 30, 2021

Hello <<First Name>>,

Hooray, hooray, the month of May (almost). We're ramping up for a full slate of AGMs and what is shaping up to be an excellent conference! If you haven't checked out the now searchable schedule or (gasp) haven't yet registered, don't delay! (Although early bird registration has been extended until May 7.) 

CWRA Webinars on Tap ...

Next Saskatchewan Branch webinar:
May 11, 12-1pm CT: Blooms, Nutrients & Water Quality – from Problems to Solutions. Helen Baulch, University of Saskatchewan.

Two webinars remaining in the series
Cost for CWRA members: $10 each
Cost for Nonmembers: $15 each

Find out more about the series and register here.

The first season of SYP Water Talks was very successful. We'd like to thank all the presenters and hope those who attended learned a thing or two. The six-webinar series will resume in September. Stay tuned!

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!)

CSHS UWaterloo Principles of Hydrologic Modelling (CIVE 781) is FULL
(but stay tuned, it will be offered again in 2022!)

This course addresses the development of computational models of watershed hydrology in support of water resources management and scientific investigation. The full model development and application cycle is considered: pre-processing, understanding, and generating input forcing data; system discretization and algorithms for simulating hydrologic processes; parameter estimation; and interpreting model output in the context of often significant system uncertainty. The course will include practical applications of models to alpine, boreal forest, prairie, and agricultural settings in Canada.

Water we up to at Home?

We have a full suite of AGMs happening across the country in May (and when we say full, we mean FULL!). Stay tuned for details, but in the meantime, make note of these dates:
BC Branch: May 13, 11:30 AM PT
MB Branch: May 20, 12:00 PM CT
ON Branch: May 20, 1:30 PM ET
CSHS AGM: May 26, 2:00 PM ET
CANCID AGM: June 1, 2:25 ET (During the Conference - this AGM will be open to all CANCID members, not just those attending the conference)
SYP AGM: June 1, 5 PM ET (During the Conference - this AGM will be open to all SYP members, not just those attending the conference)
CWRA National AGM: June 2, 4:30 PM ET (During the Conference - this AGM will be open to all CWRA members, not just those attending the conference)

CWRA/ARCH 2021 Updates

Early-bird registration has been extended to May 7!

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 virtual conference platform is now up and running, with a detailed and searchable conference program available! You can see the list of talks for each session and read the abstracts.

Register hereEarly-bird registration ends on May 7! For any questions, please contact

We also welcome interested sponsors and exhibitors to view our sponsorship packages. Take a look at our Sponsor and Exhibitor page to view the benefits of partnering with us. If you are interested in partnering or sponsoring but would like to discuss other partnership scenarios, send us an email!

La période d'inscription hâtive a été prolongée jusqu'au 7 mai!

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.

Visitez la plateforme virtuelle pour découvrir le programme détaillé de la conférence!

Inscrivez-vous iciInscription hâtive jusqu'au 7 mai! Pour toute question, veuillez contacter

Nous invitons tous ceux intéressés à devenir partenaire ou exposant à voir nos options de partenariat. Consultez la page Partenariat et exposition pour voir les avantages d’un partenariat avec nous. Si vous voulez devenir partenaire ou exposant, mais vous souhaitez discuter d’autres scénarios de partenariat, envoyez-nous un courriel!

CWRA would like to send out a heartfelt thanks to those sponsors confirmed by early this week. Check out the sponsorship page on the website for updates!

Water we Listening to?

From BBC Sounds, listen now to "Water: Too Much and Not Enough: Ecological crises".

"Journalist Alok Jha argues that if humans are to survive and thrive for the rest of the 21st Century we must urgently transform our relationship with water. In this episode, Alok shows how the global water crisis is inextricably linked to the climate crisis – and how neither can be dealt with alone."

Check it out!

Data can help transform ideas into action, delivering a water-secure world for all. Check out the new #WBWaterData portal and search World Bank open datasets related to water!

Job Board

Sorry, no jobs today. Good luck in your search.
Remember to check the CWRA job board  for updates!

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.

A reminder: Our CWRA Water News magazine is going online-only. This will allow us to publish more timely news and articles with live links and event listings, and it will be easier to share articles and follow up on what you read. We’ve updated our Winter/Spring 2021 edition of the magazine with our new interface so you can explore the layout. The Summer 2021 edition will be out in May!

Meet our Members

Steve Braun, our illustrious (and industrious) leader, will be passing the baton to President-Elect Stephanie Smith at our AGM this year. But don't worry, he's not going anywhere (OK, bad choice of words, NONE of us are going anywhere right now!). Steve will take on the role of Past-President and we fully intend to keep him busy as he hums and hopes for a quick return to crowded arenas and weekend jam sessions with friends. As Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Without music, life would be a mistake."
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I work as a water resources engineer at Matrix Solutions, which is a multidisciplinary environment and engineering consulting firm. I work mainly in the areas of flood mitigation, stormwater management, and river engineering. I’m also a part owner of a company, CB Shield Inc., that develops and manufactures urban stormwater treatment devices. Water and more water, all day long. My best days are spent designing things with others; interacting to get to solutions that improve our environment and reduce our risks. It's great when my job gets me out walking along river banks too.

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
I have been attending CWRA events since the 90’s and first became a member twenty years ago at a CWRA national conference in Guelph.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
The conversations with many interesting people. Learning what other water people do.

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
Unhidden smiles, travelling some miles, and concert turnstiles. Family visits too of course, and playing some music.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.

"---- --- -- ------"  Oops, sorry, I guess I was on mute. This last year I learned it’s OK to be on mute and be made fun of - and more than ever that it’s good to laugh. I also learned that at-home haircuts are a thing I’m not sure I can do without now. I wouldn’t have guessed that.

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

Are you looking to reduce flood risk and improve decision making in communities?

Natural Resources Canada would be delighted to introduce you to CanFlood, a new tool to support flood risk assessment in Canada. Join them on Tuesday May 4, 2021, 12-1 pm EDT to "meet" their new flood risk assessment tool. CanFlood launch (Once in the foyer, click on the zoom link.)
Registration is Open!

Tickets are now available for the 2021 Canadian Water Summit and Window on Ottawa.
Learn more hereRegister today to take advantage of the early-bird rate.
The World Water Tech North America Summit will be live online on October 5-6, 2021 for 1-1 meetings, interactive group discussions, start-up pitches and critical intelligence from industry leaders. Learn more here.
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