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Hello <<First Name>>,

Lots of things on our radar this month and next. We're finalizing the move to Open Access for our Journal, fine-tuning a variety of policies, gearing up for our fall mentoring session, and helping the Ontario Branch plan an enlightening midterm workshop in Ottawa next January. And stay tuned - the Fall issue of Water News will be hitting your inbox next week!

Manitoba Branch webinar: Sept. 20, 12 pm CT. Treaty #3 Nibi (Water) Declaration with Lucas King.
BC SYP Weed Pull: Sept. 24. Invasive Species removal with the BC SYP and Invasive Species Council of BC.
Atlantic Branch webinar and AGM: September 29, 12 pm AT. Hydrologic Prediction and Flood Response.
Rain It In partner event: Oct. 22, 1 pm ET. Rain It In Competition.
Saskatchewan Branch workshop: Oct. 26, 9:30 am to 4 pm CT. 
Working Landscapes: Agricultural Water Management Technical Workshop.
Univ of Sask and CSHS: Oct. 31 - Nov. 10. Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology.

Atlantic Branch AGM and webinar

In advance of the upcoming Atlantic Canada Flood Mapping Conference taking place Oct 5-6th, the CWRA Atlantic Branch is happy to present a free webinar with two presentations from a flow prediction/flood forecasting and response perspective. In this webinar, we will hear from Nicole O’Brien on federal initiatives in hydrologic predictions, as well as from Steven McArdle on work in NL focused on developing tools to improve decision making for flood forecasters and emergency managers.

The webinar will be followed by the Atlantic Branch’s Annual General Meeting for CWRA members in Atlantic Canada, from 13:00 – 13:30 AST. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, and it’s a good time to meet the Branch Directors and hear about Atlantic Branch activities, including preparations for the CWRA 2023 National Conference in Halifax next summer. CWRA Members in NB, NS, NL, and PEI may vote during the AGM.

There is no charge to attend the webinar or AGM, but you do need to register below to receive the attendance link.

Register to attend the event and AGM
CWRA BC SYP is partnering with the Invasive Species Council of BC to help remove invasive species in an important local waterway. Blackberry canes were removed at an earlier event in August and the group will continue to clear and prep that same section of the slope for an October planting event. While they will be working on the slope, for those who are unable to do work on steep terrain they have some flat areas in the ravine that need attention too.
Please RSVP at syp@cwra.org to let us know if you’re attending!
Registration is now open!

CWRA is proud to once again partner with Rain It In, a competition that challenges post-secondary students to create climate-resilient solutions that have a specific focus on intense rainfall and flooding. The competition provides a unique experiential learning opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems affecting our communities. After the competition, Rain It In connects interested students with resources, mentors and programs to help with the transition from an idea to entrepreneurship and product commercialization.
 
Full event calendar and registration links
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!
Environmental Project Officer (3 Positions)
Water Security Agency
Locations: 1. Saskatoon, North Battleford or Meadow Lake
2. Swift Current
3. Moose Jaw or Swift Current
Application Deadline: September 26th, 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.

Reminder! Space is limited and we've already received a number of applications for the fall mentoring session! The deadline for the Fall Session is September 25.

The Fall 2022 session will run from October – November 2022 and will include two, two-hour group meetings (mid October and late November). The mentoring session will focus on applying for jobs and early-career development, but mentees at other stages of their career development (early undergrad, career development during employment) are welcome to apply and will be included as space permits. Newcomers to Canada with international experience in water resources fields who are looking for work in water in Canada are encouraged to apply.

Apply for Mentoring Program

Meet our Members
 
Say hello to Andrew Chan (and friends!)

Way back when, Andrew (second from right) was the one who invited me (Maggie) to become a member of the Alberta Branch. That's how it works around here. You invite someone, then they invite someone, and the next thing you know you are standing beside Sean (far left), Carmen, and Monica (far right) having a great time at a conference in Banff.
Thanks Andrew, for everything :-)
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it?
I work as a Principal Water Resources Engineer at Matrix Solutions Inc., a Canadian employee-owned engineering and environmental consulting company. I also serve as the Technical Discipline Leader for Urban Engineering at Matrix. My career has focussed on urban stormwater management – spanning all aspects of a project lifecycle including planning, modelling, design, construction, monitoring, and rehabilitation of conventional stormwater management infrastructure and sustainable green infrastructure/low impact development (LID) practices. I enjoy applying my experience and creativity to prevent (and help fix) urban flooding and water quality problems so that we can all live in safer communities and healthier environments. Although urban stormwater management infrastructure is mostly out of sight (and out of mind), I enjoy seeing my designs that are above ground (e.g., dry ponds, wet ponds, wetlands, and LID practices) being constructed and providing a variety of benefits to residents.


2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I think I joined around 2007 after attending an Alberta Branch conference here in Calgary. During the event, if I recall correctly, I asked Monica Wagner if I could help with the next conference organizing committee and I’ve been helping the Alberta Branch-run conferences (provincial and national) in some way ever since. I have also been on the National Board of Directors and served as Alberta Branch Vice-President (I can’t recall who I have to thank for that) and President.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA?
I enjoy giving back to the water resources community and I enjoy the community aspect of CWRA. Being a part of the CWRA lets me make connections and network with interesting like-minded professionals who may work in different aspects of water resources, who are at different stages of their careers, and/or working in different industries. The people I’ve met during my time with the CWRA have been great. 


4. What are you most excited about now that we are moving towards a somewhat normal post-pandemic way of life?
I’m excited that I get to see more and more people return to the office and work more face-to-face in our teams (not “Teams”) and also having more regular in-office in-person happy-hour socials. Outside of work, I am happy we are getting our kids back into a regular school routine and back on track academically.

5. Tell us something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic.
I tackled a few pandemic projects and I realized that I am much handier than I would have originally thought. I just lack the workshop space.

Water we Reading
 
The Maroni River on the Suriname-Guyana border was relatively unaltered in 1993, but by 2021, deforestation caused muddy flows. Credit: NASA Landsat/U.S. Geological Survey
Study shows 'unprecedented' changes to world's rivers

Published on September 13 in PhysOrg:

In the past 40 years, humans have caused unprecedented, consequential changes to river sediment transport, according to a new study by scientists at Dartmouth published in Science. Using satellite images from the joint NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program and streamflow data, the researchers examined changes in how much sediment was carried to the oceans by 414 of the world's largest rivers from 1984 to 2020.

"Humans have been able to alter the world's biggest rivers at rates that are unprecedented in the recent geologic record," said lead author Evan Dethier. "The amount of sediment rivers carry is generally dictated by natural processes in watersheds, like how much rain there is or whether there are landslides or vegetation. We found that human activities are overwhelming these natural processes and outweighing the effects of climate change."

Read the full article here. Abstract and more info: Evan N. Dethier et al, Rapid changes to global river suspended sediment flux by humans, Science (2022). DOI: 10.1126/science.abn7980

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