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Happy Friday! Just a short newsletter today. No time to waste - summer is half over!

Manitoba Branch Webinar
Aug 9: 12 -1 pm CT

Applying a Hydrodynamic Model to Estimate Fish Stranding Risk Downstream from a Hydropeaking Hydroelectric StationAndrea Kneale P.Eng., Instream Flow Needs – Ecosystem and Oceans Science – Arctic and Aquatic Research Division – DFO.

CWRA Member: $10
CWRA Non-Member: $15
Student/SYP Member: $10
Student/SYP Non-Member: $10

 
Full event calendar and registration links
Two webinars this week from 2021: First, an Alberta Branch webinar about "Identifying High-Runoff Areas During Peak Streamflow" by Michael Wagner.
And second, from the Manitoba Branch: "The Flood Risk Management Life Cycle" presented by Doug Bellomo.

Note: You'll be asked to log in as a member to view the webinars.

The first call has gone out for the fall issue of CWRA's Water News magazine and the Quebec Branch will be providing both the technical and profile articles.

We're going to mix things up as of the Winter 2023 issue though, we're moving to themed issues! First up - the cryosphere - what better way to celebrate hard-water season in Canada? Interested in submitting something? Drop us a line.

To learn more about posted jobs, including how to apply, visit our job board today, but remember to check for jobs posted between newsletters. Jobs are posted as soon as we receive them. Good luck!
Water Resources Engineer
nhc: northwest hydraulic consultants
Location: Edmonton, AB
Application Deadline: August 28, 2022

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 Curtis Hallborg!
(He/Him)

Look closely at the picture of Curtis. Now look behind him at the suspension bridge he just crossed. He's still smiling - which is great - because that means he's brave (a handy personality trait to have when you've volunteered to co-chair the 2024 National Conference in Saskatoon!).

Thanks Curtis!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it?
I manage the Flow Forecasting and Operations Planning team at the Water Security Agency (WSA). WSA is the provincial agency responsible for water management in Saskatchewan. The team I manage is responsible for hydrological forecasting to support operation of WSA’s infrastructure and to provide flood early warnings for the province. We are also responsible for the operational planning for WSA’s major dams and systems. This work is immensely rewarding as the benefits to the citizens of Saskatchewan are easy to see - I really believe we make a difference. Also, no two days are ever the same which keeps things interesting.

2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I think I had been a member for a few years prior, but I really got involved with CWRA through the Saskatchewan Branch starting in 2013 as they were in the final stages of organizing the last national conference hosted in Saskatchewan. At that time my mentor, Bart Oegema, was looking to step back from his involvement with the Branch and suggested that I get involved. That turned out to be some of the best advice he ever gave me.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA?
The people. No one can succeed alone and the network that CWRA has helped me build has been a tremendous benefit through my career. I have also enjoyed the opportunities to learn and develop through the workshops, conferences, webinars, and courses offered by CWRA and its affiliates. Finally, I think CWRA does a good job at bridging the gap between academics and practitioners.

4. What are you most excited about now that we are moving towards a somewhat normal post-pandemic way of life?
I am looking forward to getting back to travelling internationally. Pre-pandemic, we had promised our kids a trip to Disney World in 2021 so we’re going to have to deliver on that soon.

5. Tell us something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic.
It’s hard to narrow this down to one thing as this was such a bizarre time and was an opportunity for reflection. I developed a love for reading during the pandemic, becoming a regular at our local library. Also, when most things that kept my family busy pre-pandemic came to an abrupt halt in spring 2020, I enjoyed the slower pace (for a while) and realized how important it is to be intentional about slowing things down at times. Working from home also made me realize how important human interactions are and how energizing simple things such as exchanging a smile and greeting with a co-worker in the hallway can be. Finally, I realized I am not cut out for working from home or homeschooling my kids!

Water we Reading
 
From our friends at the University of Saskatchewan (via PhysOrg)
The challenge of unprecedented floods and droughts in risk management 

In a new paper published in Nature, a team of University of Saskatchewan (USask) and international researchers presented their findings from a global investigation to determine gaps in science and policy that require reinforcement to better protect the world from droughts and floods.

Kreibich, H., Van Loon, A.F., Schröter, K. et al. The challenge of unprecedented floods and droughts in risk management. Nature (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-04917-5

Other News You Can Use
 
Journey to Resilience: Communities, Climate & Biodiversity

27-30 November 2022 
Vienna & Online

Early Bird registration extended until Aug 15!

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