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Hello <<First Name>>,

It's leaf-peeping season in Canada and hopefully your weekend will include a chance to get outside and view the last of the annual spectacle. This week we're excited to announce that the 2023 CWRA Scholarship application period is now open. The Atlantic Branch folks have also just released their logo for #CWRA2023. Conference planning is well underway and we hope you've already set aside June 18-21 to join us in Halifax - CWRA conferences never disappoint!

Univ of Sask and CSHS: Oct. 31 - Nov. 10. Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology.
NASH workshop: Nov. 29, 9 am - 5 pm PT. NASH Salt Dilution Hydrometric Monitoring Workshop
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.
 
Full event calendar and registration links

Heads up!

CWRA will be participating in #GivingTuesday again this year. On November 29, we will be reaching out to you to support our long-standing, highly regarded (and appreciated) scholarship program. We hope you will consider a donation!


#CWRA2023
Ta da! Behold the #CWRA2023 Conference logo!

The folks at the Atlantic Branch had this to say about their logo: “Our logo was developed with an eye to having an immediate sense of connection to the location for the event in 2023, and also with the intent of building excitement across the country about the conference returning to the East Coast after a long hiatus. The colours were chosen to connect to those of the CWRA, and we hope it connects with our membership from coast to coast.”
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. Email for more info!
Water Resources Engineer, Floodplain Mapping
Conservation Halton
Location: Burlington, ON
Application Deadline: October 28, 2022

Ecologist, Water Quality
Water Security Agency
Location: Saskatoon, SK
Application Deadline: November 7, 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 Georgia Peck

When Georgia says she "wears many hats" she's not kidding. We've seen her in action first hand, and she can juggle with the best of them. And we certainly agree that while virtual meetings held things together for a few years, meeting in person is infinitely more rewarding! Thanks for joining CWRA Georgia, we're looking forward to doing great things together.

 
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it?
I am the Lakes Program Manager with Living Lakes Canada (LLC). Through this role, I oversee LLC's lake-related programming which includes the National Lake Blitz, Foreshore Integrated Management Planning (FIMP), and the Local Watershed Adaptation Program (LWAP). I have a background in conservation biology, community engagement, and project management. I grew up camping, canoeing, and birding with my family, which led to a deep appreciation and passion for lakes and the biodiversity they support. At LLC, The Lakes Program aims to build capacity for lake management initiatives throughout Canada, and does so through dynamic research projects, community outreach, engagement, education, and training. I love the many hats I get to wear with this role, and I get to share my passion for water with others, through various forms of engagement. I have the privilege of connecting with fellow water stewards from around the country, and I get to experience the love of lakes we all share, but from a myriad of wonderfully different perspectives.


2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I first joined the CWRA in early 2020, soon after I joined the team at Living Lakes Canada. I have since had the privilege of speaking at and learning from the recent CWRA conference, which led to some very meaningful partnerships and collaborative projects.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA?
One of the many reasons I like being a part of the CWRA is learning about other water-related initiatives around the country. I feel very motivated when I learn of interesting projects taking place, and the passion that drives this work. The CWRA provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, who share goals and an ultimate respect for water and our planet. 


4. What are you most excited about now that we are moving towards a somewhat normal post-pandemic way of life?
In-person events! The connections and relationships that are built through shared interest and engagement are invaluable to me. I always walk away from workshops, seminars, presentations, and similar events with a deep appreciation for the other water warriors in this field, devoting their lives and careers to protecting this country's freshwater. There is a spark that is lit when someone is sharing a cause they care about which unfortunately can get lost in translation, via Zoom. There is no way to replace in-person connection and I am so very appreciative to have these interactive opportunities once more.

5. Tell us something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic.
It seems to be a recurring theme in my answers, but during the pandemic I learned just how meaningful social interaction is, especially in a professional setting. We have an amazing and dynamic team at Living Lakes Canada, and I feel extra appreciative for the opportunities that bring us together in a shared space. Pre-pandemic, I would have taken team gatherings or seasonal get togethers for granted. Post-pandemic, I spend weeks looking forward to these events, and I feel energized and invigorated for weeks afterwards. In a field that can be clouded by the uncertainties of a climate-altered future, I feel grateful for any opportunity to recognize successes and share wins with those that share such a deep respect for our planet.

The application period for 2023 CWRA graduate scholarships is now open!

Applicants will submit one application to be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. 

The application deadline is January 31, 2023, and notification will be provided to all applicants prior to March 31, 2023.

Learn more and apply here

Bi-Weekly Paper Series
 
This BWPS features a sampling of papers representative of novel and interesting recent developments in the hydrological sciences. Vidrio-Sahagún and He (2022) provide a new technique for flood frequency analyses, whereas Piano et al. (2022) indicate how to understand if a model is realistic at the interface between physical hydrology and social sciences. Thaw et al. (2022) show that groundwater pumping processes increase the rate at which surface water enters aquifers. Reed et al. (2022) relate flooding to food security in Africa. Bourgeois et al. (2022) show how drugs can be detected in the livers of fish and introduce a new method for reducing the number of samples. 

1. Bourgeois ZM, Comfort J, Schultz M, Challis JK, Cantin J, Ji X, Giesy JP, Brinkmann M. 2022. Predicting Hepatic Clearance of Psychotropic Drugs in Isolated Perfused Fish Livers Using a Combination of Two In Vitro Assays. Environmental Science & Technology DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c03017
Improving bioconcentration measurements by in vitro techniques: detection of ionizable organic chemicals associated with psychotropic drugs in water as expressed by trout liver cell processes; and samples from 7 fish instead of 72+.

2. Piano S, Sheikholeslami R, Puy A, Saltelli A. 2022. Unpacking the modelling process via sensitivity auditing. Futures 144: 103041
DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2022.103041
How to know whether a model is realistic: sensitivity auditing to reduce spurious accuracy and quantify uncertainties; bringing together the social sciences and the humanities; and case studies for water requirements and sociohydrology.

3. Reed C, Anderson W, Kruczkiewicz A, Nakamura J, Gallo D, Seager R, McDermid SS. 2022. The impact of flooding on food security across Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119 (43): e2119399119
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2119399119
Mapping how floods are linked to food security in Africa: scale and assessing spatial time series relationships; variability in food security; and why flooding can have positive impacts for some regions and negative impacts for others.

4. Thaw M, GebreEgziabher M, Villafañe-Pagán JY, Jasechko S. 2022. Modern groundwater reaches deeper depths in heavily pumped aquifer systems. Nature Communications 13 (1): 5263
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-32954-1
Anthropogenic pumping of groundwater influencing groundwater recharge: tritium as a tracer to determine groundwater age and spatial patterns; and relationships with hydrological processes.

5. Vidrio-Sahagún CT, He J. 2022. The decomposition-based nonstationary flood frequency analysis. Journal of Hydrology 612: 128186
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2022.128186
Nonstationary flood frequency analysis and a novel decomposition method for this approach: stochastic models and particle filter assessment of results; overfitting and performance metrics; and theoretical reasons for utilization.

Other News You Can Use
 
Are you a student of agronomy, environmental science, hydrology, geology, ecology, or other sciences with an applied, outdoor focus? Are you conducting field-based research as part of your graduate or undergraduate studies? Several upcoming online, interactive workshops will help you to plan and conduct successful fieldwork. The workshops will be presented by Dr Sara Vero, author of "Fieldwork Ready: An Introductory Guide to Field Research for Agriculture, Environment, and Soil Scientists". 

16th November 2022 - Lone Working in Field Research
14th December 2022 - Vehicles in Field Research
25th January 2023 - The Three T's of Successful Field Research
22nd February 2023 - Risk Assessment and Safety in Field Research
22nd March 2023 - The Fieldwork Ready Researcher
Learn more here

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