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A few important items to note this week. Registration will open soon for the National conference; the scholarship committee is looking for some volunteers to review scholarship applications (a 4 to 8 hour commitment); our new members-only webinar archive is awesome; and the photo contest deadline is fast approaching! Happy reading, and don't forget to let us know if you have something you would like to share.

CWRA Saskatchewan Branch 2022 Webinar Series
March 8, Noon CT: Ice processes in Prairie Canada. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt. 

Comparisons between different river ice seasons, freeze-up, mid-winter breakup and spring breakup, will be made and illustrated with modelling applications from various sites across Canada. Register here.

CWRA SYP Ottawa Chapter
March 22, 6:30 pm ET. Inaugural event! Ottawa SYP launch - webinar and discussion on "reimagining flood management in the Ottawa River watershed".

The brand new Ottawa Student Young Professionals (SYP) chapter of the CWRA would like to invite you to join your friends and colleagues in water management and engineering for their inaugural event. The webinar will include an introduction to the short film “Wetsuits for Hire” by Trevor Cunningham on behalf of the river surf community in Ottawa, and short presentations followed by guided discussions with experts in urban flood management. They hope to foster creative discussion on water in the Ottawa River watershed and hear from you how you would like the new chapter to develop.

This event is free. Once you’ve registered for this event you will receive an email containing the zoom link to join the event. Register here.

National CWRA
March 22, 24, 29, 31. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Flood mapping webinars.

Info will be posted soon on our events page.

CANCID webinar series
March 24. 11 am MT. Silvio Gumiere.

Info will be posted soon on our events page.

CWRA SYP National Water Talks
March 30, 10 am PT. Identifying governing factors of streamflow recession behaviour. Hongyi Li, UBC.

Hongyi Li is a MASc student in geological engineering at the University of British Columbia. Previously graduated from the University of California with a BSc and BA degree, he now works with UBC’s HydroGeoScience for Watershed Management (HG-WM) research group to use newly developed statistical models to identify source, pathway and residence time of water within watersheds. Read the presentation abstract here. Registration will be available soon.

CWRA webinar info and registration
Heads Up!

April 12-14.* 10 am - 3 pm ET each day. CWRA Ontario Branch HEC-HMS Training. *Date change

The training will be delivered virtually through a mix of lectures and hands-on workshops, with the opportunity to follow up with the instructor following the course. The deadline to register is March 28. Learn more and register here.

May 9-13. CSHS Principles of Modelling Short Course (CIVE  781)

This course addresses the development of computational models of watershed hydrology in support of water resources management and scientific investigation. More information and registration here.

Oct. 31-Nov. 10. Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology (GEOG 827)

The University of Saskatchewan Centre for Hydrology with the assistance of the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences is once again offering this popular (and intensive) course on the physical principles of hydrology with particular relevance to Canadian conditions. The course is led by Dr. John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources & Climate Change, and taught by Dr. Pomeroy and a team of subject-matter experts. Further details about this course can be found here. Registration will open shortly.

Enter our Photo Contest: Deadline March 15!

Thanks to those of you who have already entered our photo contest. If you haven't yet sent in any photos - there's no time like the present! We're looking forward to seeing Canadian water through your eyes, showcasing your photos, updating our collection of water images, and selecting some favourites to feature in a special print edition of Water News and spotlight at our 2022 National Conference.

From now until March 15, submit up to five photos in each of our four contest categories: Work, Play, Rest, and Respect. This contest is open to anyone in Canada, and CWRA Members are encouraged to enter. 

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Sponsorship and exhibitor details and benefits are now available on our website. Additional details can be found within the Conference Prospectus. If you would like to become either a sponsor or exhibitor please email the conference planning committee at

Stay tuned! Conference registration will open soon!

The CWRA Scholarship Committee is comprised of academics, consultants, public servants, and retired professionals from all streams of water resources management. The mandate of the committee is to manage the administration of the CWRA Scholarship Program, which will be awarding six graduate level research scholarships in 2022 for a total value of $14,500.
CWRA is looking for volunteers to join the Scholarship Committee and to help contribute to the review process of the 2022 Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Committee Chair will issue packages to all committee members for review, along with established review criteria. It is requested that committee members provide their review results by March 23rd. The level of commitment is relatively light compared to other committees. It is expected that no committee member will need to spend more than 4-8 hours completing their reviews, and this is the only request of committee members.

We would like to hear from interested volunteers by March 4 (TODAY!). Send us an email.
EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.
Intermediate to Senior Hydrologist
Location: BC, YT, Alberta, Saskatchewan
Application deadline: March 4, 2022

EDI is looking for a hydrologist, with a minimum of 5 years experience, who is "ready to take their career to the next level". Responsibilities will include field data collection, data management and analysis, report writing and review, project management, and business development. Our ideal candidate has in-depth experience in hydrology in western/northern Canada, with strengths in hydrologic analysis, hydrologic modeling, forest hydrology and the regulatory environment. To learn more, including how to apply, visit our job board.

Lorax Environmental
Hydrologist/Water Resources Engineer
Location: Vancouver, BC

Lorax Environmental is recruiting for an intermediate- to senior-level hydrologist or equivalently skilled water resource engineer to join their interdisciplinary technical team comprised of  geochemists, hydrogeologists, hydrologists, engineers, toxicologists and numerical modelling specialists. Prior experience in the resource development sector will be an asset, particularly in the hard rock and coal mining sectors.To learn more, including how to apply, visit our job board.

Remember to check our website for jobs posted between newsletters. Jobs are posted as soon as we receive them.

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 for rate information.

Bi-weekly Paper Series
In anticipation of spring occurring later this month, this BWPS offers a broad sampling of topics related to modelling, measurement, and climate with an emphasis on understanding, predicting, and forecasting environmental change. Shen et al. (2022) indicate why models should be calibrated over an entire time series instead of splitting the time series into successive calibration and validation segments. Konapala et al. (2022) use network theory to model drought propagation and to identify source areas, whereas Rajulapati et al. (2022) characterize the geography of heat waves in Canadian cities. Kinar and Brinkmann (2022) introduce the first 3D-printed open-source standardized measurement platform for water quality observations, including design files provided under a permissive licence. Finally, as the days become longer and the dark and cold characteristics of winter fade from memory (at least until the next snow season), Illingworth and Wake (2021) provide a good overview on how game designers can effectively create games that communicate scientific principles-- perhaps these games (designed during the summer) can provide some fun and comfort over the following winter season.  
1. Illingworth S, Wake P. 2021. Ten simple rules for designing analogue science games (S Markel, ed.). PLOS Computational Biology 17 (6): e1009009 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009009

How to design games that effectively teach and communicate science: identifying topic and audience; why games can be adapted; using gameplay instead of text to convey meaning; a need for graphics, fun and accessibility; and examples related to pollution, global warming, and climate change.

2. Konapala G, Mondal S, Mishra A. 2022. Quantifying Spatial Drought Propagation Potential in North America using Complex Network Theory. Water Resources Research: e2021WR030914 DOI: 10.1029/2021WR030914

How to examine droughts and drought propagation using network theory: identification of source regions in the Americas; and event synchronization, connectivity, and coevolution between locations in the context of atmospheric conditions.

3. Kinar NJ, Brinkmann M. 2022. Development of a sensor and measurement platform for water quality observations: design, sensor integration, 3D printing, and open-source hardware. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 194 (3): 207 DOI: 10.1007/s10661-022-09825-9

This paper describes the first 3D-printed water quality measurement platform: validation and calibration of standardized hardware and software to measure turbidity, temperature, and total dissolved solids (TDS).

4. Rajulapati CR, Gaddam RK, Nerantzaki SD, Papalexiou SM, Cannon AJ, Clark MP. 2022. Exacerbated heat in large Canadian cities. Urban Climate 42: 101097 DOI: 10.1016/j.uclim.2022.101097

Heat waves and cold waves for Canadian cities: 18 cities and data from CIMP6 models; climate projections, indices, and historical trends; and why location matters in the context of climate regions, scenarios, and model uncertainties.

5. Shen H, Tolson BA, Mai J. 2022. Time to Update the Split‐Sample Approach in Hydrological Model Calibration. Water Resources Research 58 (3) DOI: 10.1029/2021WR031523

This paper indicates that the commonly used split-sample test is not optimal: validation, calibration, and why calibration over an entire time series is more optimal; 463 catchments and decision trees for handling model failure.

Got a project you're excited about? Got something you'd like to share?
 Drop us a line!

Meet our Members

Say hello to Selena Schut

Selena joined National as CWRA's Communications Assistant a few months ago and we couldn't be happier. Enthusiastic and eager to try new things, Selena just says "I'll figure it out" if asked to do something they've never done before. Selena recently took over posting to our social media channels. Are we following you? Should we be? Have something to share? Send a quick email to and we'll get right on it. Selena has also been working hard on restructuring our members-only webinar archive and it's now a thing of beauty - thanks Selena!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I currently have two jobs. The first is working with CWRA National as a Communications Assistant. I love this job because I get to meet other people who are as passionate about water resources as I am and I get to expand not only my technical skills (who thought I'd be editing websites?!) but also my communication skills. My second job is a Research Assistant at the University of Alberta where I get to practice my data wrangling and coding skills, both of which I very much enjoy doing. I also get to learn about boreal forest biodiversity - which is pretty cool.

2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I first joined the CWRA in January of 2020 when I attended the Principles of Hydrology Short Course in Kananaskis. 

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
I enjoy being a member of the CWRA because I get to be involved in a community of likeminded individuals who don't look at me like I have three heads when I start talking about water and hydrogeology. 

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
I'm most looking forward to being able to safely travel around Canada and the world with my partner.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
I've learned that I am very much "solar-powered". I've relocated my at-home "office" (ok - it's just my desk) at least three times during the pandemic in search of the location with the coziest sunbeams throughout the day :)

Other News You Can Use
Join Polis on March 8, at 9:30 am PT, for their third annual Water Research Roundup! A panel of emerging researchers will discuss their work on topics related to freshwater management and governance, including hydrologic changes on social and ecological systems, community-based monitoring, and Indigenous laws and ways of knowing.
Learn more and register here

Living Lakes Canada has just released a comprehensive case study of the Columbia Basin Water Hub — the open access database Living Lakes Canada developed for the Canadian Columbia Basin that launched in March 2021. The case study is an in-depth explanation of the background, development process, and data management structure.
Read the Report
ECCC Lake Winnipeg Basin Program Webinar - Indigenous Engagement

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Program invites you to join the on March 14, 2pm CT, for a virtual information sharing webinar featuring talks from three projects, focused on Indigenous engagement, that received funding from the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. This webinar is part of an ongoing series of information sharing events related to nutrient reduction efforts in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. There is no need to register and there is no fee to attend.
Click here for the Teams link
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