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Pretty calm around here right now, so just a quick read with some new jobs, a few interesting links, and say hi to our new president-elect. Yay, summer!

Post-conference Webinars

Post-conference streaming of presentations is still available.

Check your inbox! If you attended our recent national conference you will have received an email with information about accessing post-conference streaming using your email address and conference access code. Click here to log in and scroll through the program to watch what you missed (or watch again) at your leisure.

Water we Reading?

Canada in a Changing Climate: National Issues Report was released on June 28 by the Government of Canada. Led by Natural Resources Canada, the report provides a national perspective on how climate change is impacting our communities, environment and economy, and how we are adapting. Download the report here.
The Canadian Drought Monitor

According to Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, drought is a "creeping phenomenon" – difficult to define and measure, slow to develop, continuous, cumulative, and long lasting. There is no universally applicable tool for measuring drought; as impacts are non-structural, spread over large areas, and best described by multiple indices.

The Canadian Drought Monitor (CDM) is Canada's official source for the monitoring and reporting of drought in Canada. From this page you can access a variety of products and information about current drought conditions across the country. Download a high resolution map and narrative (PDF Version, 2.5 MB) suitable for printing.

Seen in Passing

From the Vanderhoof Omineca Express: This ‘Drought Level’ sign at the Stuart-Nechako Natural Resource District office in Vanderhoof was installed in the summer of 2020. Similar to the familiar ‘Fire Danger’ rating sign, the drought level sign indicates current conditions in the area related to water scarcity and drought. The drought level is determined by provincial water management staff by monitoring snowpacks, stream flows, groundwater wells and precipitation. 

Job Board

Position Title: Environmental Project Officer (2 Positions)
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Location: Swift Current, SK and Prince Albert, SK
Application deadline: July 9, 2021 TODAY!

This employee will undertake facility inspections and conduct water quality tests, providing guidance and expertise to plant operators to ensure compliant operations and to help diagnose problems and find suitable solutions. You will also respond to and provide advice in the event of water and/or wastewater works related upsets, emergencies or disease outbreaks, conduct formal investigations, and contribute to the development of drinking water and wastewater related external policies and internal and external operational protocols.

Position Title: Technologist, Hydrogeological Services
Saskatchewan Water Security Agency
Location: Moose Jaw, SK
Application deadline: July 21, 2021

An employee in this job will provide hydrogeologic interpretations and applied water well and water supply science to the public and other parties. In addition, this employee will assist in operating and maintaining corporate groundwater monitoring networks and the geophysical log database and will participate in other hydrogeologic studies and related activities required for the management and protection of the province’s groundwater resources.

Position Title: Environmental Flow Scientist
Ecofish Research
Location: Open
Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until the role is filled.

"We are looking for a dedicated and hard-working Environmental Flow Scientist to join our dynamic team! Are you looking for an opportunity to join a team of experienced and skilled professionals who thrive on innovation, collaboration, and integrity? While working alongside Ecofish experts in your field, we will support your career goals by providing great opportunities for growth and advancement through mentorship, training, and other professional development opportunities."

Visit the CWRA job board to learn more about these positions and how to apply.
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.

With the transition of our Water News magazine to online-only we have the opportunity to include more articles. What would you like to see? More technical articles? Research? Themed issues? Send us an email.

If you are interested in advertising in the digital edition, let's chat! In the meantime, check out our latest edition here.

Meet our Members

Say hello to Jeff Hirvonen. He's not new to CWRA, but he IS our new President-elect and we couldn't be happier. Jeff's a busy guy these days, and undoubtedly happy to be back in the field, but we managed to pin him down for a few minutes so we could all get to know him better. *Editor's note: I anticipate lots of great conversations with Jeff. Two of my favourite words? Fluvial geomorphology :-)
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
My day job has me working in the field of river corridor restoration. My company GeoProcess Research Associates works on river rehabilitation and restoration projects big and small. Our work includes field assessments (one of my favourite parts of the job), hydraulic/geomorphic analyses and, finally, design and implementation plans. I love seeing and comparing different river settings across Canada. While each is unique in its physiography, ecology and cultural heritage properties, it’s interesting to see signs of common river processes reflected time and time again in the shape of the river and its floodplain. 

2. When did you first join the CWRA? 
I first joined CWRA as a volunteer on the Ontario Branch Board of Directors in 2012.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
It’s a combination (in order of priority) of: A) the great people that make up our CWRA volunteer base, spanning all roles from president to SYP members to event participants; and B) the opportunity to learn from such a diverse group of members, having multidisciplinary backgrounds that are extremely wide ranging. To the latter point, I often find myself engaged in fascinating conversations with CWRA members who are employed in facets of the water industry about which I am completely unaware. 

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
CWRA is great at bringing together members (and non-members) in knowledge sharing and professional networking events. While online and virtual events have their place and have been a critical resource over the past 18 months, I believe there is no substitution for in-person events that bring together like-minded professionals for the promotion of sound water management ideals (one of CWRA’s core tenets). I look forward to resuming planning and attending these types of events.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
 Notwithstanding the comment above, I have learned the value of using online tools to continue the great work of CWRA, and believe that there is a ‘sweet spot’ to be found that balances online and face-to-face interactions. I hope that a new way of doing things emerges from these lessons learned, increasing opportunities to learn and interact with one another, while decreasing environmental footprints, costs, issues of accessibility, and other drawbacks to in-person events.

Other News You Can Use

The Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series began in 2010 and is hosted by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria. The next webinar will be held on Tuesday July 13, 9:30 - 11am PT.

"Working for Watersheds: How British Columbia Can Grow a World-Class Watershed Sector"

Drawing on key findings from the forthcoming Working for Watersheds study (Delphi, 2021), this webinar will explore the real opportunity to grow a world-class watershed sector in B.C. and highlight community-driven work happening now in watersheds across the province.
Register here.
This year, World Water Week will be held as a full-scale digital event on 23-27 August. The event is billed as "... an intensive week of learning and collaboration on the theme Building Resilience Faster". The organizers hope that "Together we can develop solutions to address climate change and other water-related challenges". Learn more here.

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!

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