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The three most important words you will read today if you plan to attend the annual conference: Book. Your. Room. Canmore is filling up fast and rooms are becoming a hot commodity for the week of #CWRA2022!

Reminder: conference registration is open!

  • Book your room ASAP - Canmore is filling up fast!
  • #CWRA2022 will be an in-person conference, but we have created a limited virtual attendance option
  • Registration includes a COVID-19 Registration Agreement
  • You can register for tours, workshops, and Virtual Water Gallery events when you register for the conference

Sponsorship opportunities and Exhibitor spaces are still available!

Sponsorship and exhibitor details and benefits are 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

Full event calendar and registration links

Strategic Planning Update
As a result of some of our early discussions on strategic planning, the CWRA Board has decided to update our name and mission later this year to reflect a new focus on interplanetary water resources management. Our new name, the Canadian-Martian Water Resources Association/ Association canadienne-martienne des ressources hydrique, reflects the extension of our mission to include the effective management of water resources on Mars. As we wore heavy sweaters and surveyed chilly landscapes across the country during our strategic planning this winter, the board determined that the fact that Martian water is mostly ice would bring an interesting new cryospheric perspective to the organization. We do not expect the spring thaw to lessen our dedication to this new path for CWRA.

As we prepare the updates to our logo and website, we would also like to announce a Spring webinar series featuring some of our new members. Stay tuned for our first presentation from Dr. Marvin Marshunn on "Contemporary Issues In Martian Water Resources: That Rascally Rabbit". This webinar is free to attend, but you must register here.
Missed out on a webinar you were hoping to attend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Recordings of most webinars, and in some cases, the presentation slides, are available in our members-only webinar archive.
We’ve recently updated the archive so that webinars are more easily accessed. The update included creating a section highlighting the most recent webinars and organizing them based on the hosting branch or affiliate. You can also find the webinars based on topic. In upcoming newsletters, be sure to check out the "From the Archives" section as we give past webinars another opportunity to be in the spotlight!

Calling all Professors!

Our reinvigorated (and uber-energetic) National SYP has helped launch several new SYP Chapters this year. Are you interested in helping with CWRA student events at your university? Think your university needs its own SYP Chapter? Send us an email!

To learn more about these jobs, including how to apply, visit our job board
Remember to check for jobs posted between newsletters. Jobs are posted as soon as we receive them.

Water Security Agency (WSA)
Vice President, Agriculture and Economic Development
Location: Moose Jaw or Regina, SK
Application deadline: April 5, 2022

As a Vice President you will provide leadership and direction for the strategic and operational delivery of agriculture services, irrigation development and economic development for Water Security Agency (WSA). The incumbent ensures compliance with established strategic direction, policy and legislative requirements.

Water Security Agency (WSA)
Flood Mitigation Specialist
Location: Moose Jaw, Regina, or Saskatoon, SK
Application deadline: April 7, 2022

Reporting to the Manager, Watershed Services, an employee in this position will provide project management services on WSA flood mapping initiatives as well as other flood and drought mitigation and water related hazard identification and risk assessment studies and assignments. In addition, the employee will apply subject matter expertise in the development and implementation of survey plans, data management plans, GIS applications, computer modeling and extension and outreach plans.

Water Security Agency (WSA)
Technologist, Rural Water Services
Location: North Battleford, SK
Application deadline: April 7, 2022

Technologists in our Rural Water Services group provide front-line service to a wide range of customers from farmers and homeowners, to rural municipality administrators and councillors, people who work with other government agencies, watershed associations, irrigation districts, engineering consulting companies and others. You’ll divide your time between the office and the field, handling a broad spectrum of water management activities, including project inspections, water supply issues, dam structure operations, agricultural drainage, flood protection and others.

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.

Mount Royal University
Assistant Professor – Hydrology
Location: Calgary, AB

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position which will commence July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval, at the Rank of Assistant Professor.

Mount Royal University
Assistant Professor – Earth Resources Geoscientist
Location: Calgary, AB

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position, which will commence July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval, at the Rank of Assistant Professor.

University of Manitoba
Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Review of applications will begin April 11, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering (Position 31642) commencing July 1, 2022, or on a date mutually agreed upon. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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
As Spring progresses and seasonal changes in hydrology become more evident, the BWPS continues to provide a series of papers related to variability, change and assumptions. Reaver et al. (2022) identify why Budyko curves and equations may not always be suitable and indicate that the curves can be used as constraints for hydrological processes. Bahremand (2016) advocates the use of parameter allocation in lieu of autocalibration and Bahremand et al. (2021) shows how this modelling philosophy works in practice. Mai et al. (2022) intercompare different hydrological models for the Great Lakes and also compare hydrometeorological processes and spatial effects; a novel website for model visualization is also provided (and this is why the paper is not an ordinary modelling study). Basu et al. (2022) show why algal blooms are challenging with respect to antecedent Nitrogen present in watersheds. 
1.Bahremand A, Ahmadyousefi S, Sheikh V, Komaki CB. 2021. A parameter allocation approach for flow simulation using the WetSpa‐Python model. Hydrological Processes 35 (1) DOI: 10.1002/hyp.13992

Companion paper showing why the parameter allocation approach of Bahremand (2016) works in practice: the Shemshak-Roudak watershed of Iran; application of the WetSpa Python model; parameter allocation with evaluation and benchmarking; and validation with conclusions that support intelligent model application.

2. Bahremand A. 2016. Advocating process modeling and de-emphasizing parameter estimation. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20 (4): 1433–1445 DOI: 10.5194/hess-20-1433-2016

Why parameter allocation should be used for hydrological models instead of optimization: the need for meaningful and reasonable initial parameter values; trial and error for refinement; and sensible constraints.

3. Basu NB, Van Meter KJ, Byrnes DK, Van Cappellen P, Brouwer R, Jacobsen BH, Jarsjö J, Rudolph DL, Cunha MC, Nelson N, et al. 2022. Managing nitrogen legacies to accelerate water quality improvement. Nature Geoscience 15 (2): 97–105 DOI: 10.1038/s41561-021-00889-9

Antecedent Nitrogen present in biogeochemical cycles and links with water quality: why eutrophication and algal blooms are challenging to mitigate; watershed and stream levels of Nitrogen; and modelling and management.

4. Mai J, Shen H, Tolson BA, Gaborit É, Arsenault R, Craig JR, Fortin V, Fry LM, Gauch M, Klotz D, et al. 2022. The Great Lakes Runoff Intercomparison Project Phase 4: The Great Lakes (GRIP-GL). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions: 1–54 DOI: 10.5194/hess-2022-113

Comparing different models in the Great Lakes region: 13 models assessed with respect to streamflow, hydrometeorology, and gridded datasets; spatial aggregation effects; and a novel website for model visualization.

5. Reaver NGF, Kaplan DA, Klammler H, Jawitz JW. 2022. Theoretical and empirical evidence against the Budyko catchment trajectory conjecture. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 26 (5): 1507–1525 DOI: 10.5194/hess-26-1507-2022

This paper challenges Budyko framework assumptions and applicability of catchment-specific parameters: assessing soil moisture models and curve trajectories, and why Budyko curves can be used as constraints for physics-based models.

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

Winter issue online now, Spring issue available next week!

Meet our Members
Say hello to Cristy Gau

Cristy is one of our newest CWRA members, but she's making up for lost time by immersing herself in the SYP program. After joining the SYP national executive she quickly rallied some troops and has now helped launch our newest SYP chapter. We're looking forward to great things - thanks Cristy!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I work for professional organizations locally and provincially. Currently, I am the Director of Membership at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Ottawa, where we work on building a more inclusive, equal, and diverse community to promote the retention and advancement of all women engineers in the Ottawa area. Secondly, I am the Seminar Chair of the Climate Change Group at Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). We emphasize the adaptation and mitigation of Climate Change issues and help the regulatory committee integrate Climate Change into the strategic plan, future regulations, and standards for professional engineers. Recently on Mar 22, 2022 - World Water Day, I launched the CWRA SYP Ottawa Chapter as the regional president. Thanks to our supportive board members’ work from Gillian Walker(CWRA Ontario Liaison), Marieh Rajaie (VP of membership), and Xiatong Cai (VP of marketing). CWRA SYP Ottawa is aiming to become a strong "bridge" between academics and industries, "highlight" advanced technologies in water resources fields, and "guide" students and young professionals in career development.

I am extremely passionate about making changes to peoples’ lives through my efforts in those organizations, either technically or spiritually. I strongly believe that we can achieve a lot with teamwork, not only for the water industry, not only for women engineers, not only for the climate crisis, but within the wider engineering world.

2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I joined CWRA in September 2021 when I helped to organize a "Water Talk" webinar with a speaker from OttawaU. After that, I joined the national executive meetings several times where I found it exciting that I could work with many outstanding pioneers. It was not only about arming myself with updated water resources knowledge, but also about getting new role models that I could learn from.

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
It was rewarding to see that we can have a platform for nationwide water resources students and professionals, keep updated with the latest technologies, and help make some contributions to bridge the gap between academics and industries.

4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
Definitely to meet people. We have virtual meetings now and then during the pandemic. But I truly hope to have deep conversations with people who have similar interests and goals.

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
Find your real passion and focus on it. You will finally find yourself surrounded by people with shared values, backgrounds, and missions.

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