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The excitement is building as the clock ticks down to our annual national conference (hello Halifax!). Lots to do in advance, including prep for our bi-annual National Board of Directors meeting and our AGM. All members are eligible to attend the AGM, and it's a great opportunity to learn more about the association and meet fellow water peeps. We come in all shapes and sizes, united by our desire to effectively, sustainably, and responsibly manage Canada's water resources. Hope to see you there!

Webinars, Courses, and AGMs
MB Branch luncheon: May 16, 12 pm CT. “Walking with Water” with Taylor Galvin. Learn more and register here. Note: There is a fee to attend the luncheon.

NEW AT Branch webinar: May 17, 12 pm AT. Climate Change Data in the Atlantic Region and Water Resources. Presented by Alex Cadel (Nova Scotia Specialist) and Emma Poirier (Science & Adaptation Specialist). This webinar is free, but registration is required.

NEW ON Branch AGM: May 18, 2 pm ET. Register here.

CSHS webinar. May 24, 1 pm ET. Exploring Practical Approaches for Modelling Wetland Features in an Urban Setting. Presented by Michael Takeda from GeoProcess Research Associates, and Christian Gabriel and Daron Abbey from Matrix Solutions. Learn more and register here.

National SYP AGM: May 30, 2 pm ET. You can find the agenda and attendee link here.

NEW CSHS webinar. June 8, 1 pm ET. Stream temperature response to forest harvesting: Why hydrology matters. Presented by Dr. Jason Leach, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service. Learn more and register here.

NEW MB Branch webinar: June 13, 12 pm CT. Long-term Trends in Riverine Nutrient Loads, Ratios and Streamflow in the Red-Assiniboine Basin. More info coming soon!

NEW NASH Workshop. July 12, 10am - 4pm MT. NASH Flow Regatta Training Workshop at Lethbridge College Research Farm (and post-workshop networking). Learn more and register here.

Full event calendar and registration links

Job Board
Sorry, no jobs on the board today, but visit the CWRA Job Board often, we post jobs as we receive them. (And Corporate members, don't forget that one of your corporate benefits is a limited number of free job ads!)
Did you know that all 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.
Reminder! The Spring issue of CWRA's Water News is now online

Conference News

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draft program
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Register for workshops and tours
Volunteer at the conference
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CSHS Student Paper Award (new deadline is May15)
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#CWRA2023 National Conference Website
Key Natural Channels Conference 2023 Dates to Note

Early Bird Registration closes: May 31
ROM Fish ID Course: June 21 to June 23
Sediment Transport in Stream Channel Assessment and Design Workshop: June 24-25
Fish Passage, Fish Behaviour and Fish Passage Design Workshop: June 25
Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Training: June 25
Conference days: June 25-28


Register for the conference
Read the draft schedule
Nominate someone for the Conference Award of Recognition
Enter the photo contest to get featured at the conference
Sign up for the banquet and to hear Rob de Loe speak about "What is natural?"
Sign up for a training course (there are limited spaces!)
Natural Channels Conference Website

Members Save Money on Books!

Because Canadian Water Resources Association publishes our journal with Taylor & Francis, CWRA members are entitled to a 30% book discount. Previously, members were given a code to enter at checkout, but the discount will now be applied at checkout automatically. This discount is valid on any full priced CRC Press or Routledge book. Please click the code below button for the exclusive 30% discount on the Routledge site.

Meet our Members

Say hello to Russell Boals

Whenever Russell attends a CWRA meeting, the first question we ask is not "How are you?" it's "Where are you?". Known to sign in to meetings at midnight his time, he is generous with both his time and his expertise, and we lean on Russell for advice, for our mentoring program, and as one-half of the long-time leadership of Project WET. (Ed Dean is the other Project WET lifer.) Thanks Russell!

Editor's note: It's disappointing, however, that he still hasn't taken me up on my offer to scribe his notes or schlep gear during one of his adventures!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it?
I graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc. in Engineering many years ago. Upon graduation I was recruited by the Water Survey of Canada and my first posting was in Regina. Water Survey of Canada was part of Environment Canada. I had the opportunity to move around Canada with postings in Winnipeg and Ottawa before returning to Regina some ten years later. My career focused on the introduction of new technologies for hydromet data collection, the introduction of satellite transmission systems for real-time data reporting, automation of the national data processing system, and the conversion of the hydromet program from using Imperial units to SI. I was also involved in transboundary water issues for the St Mary-Milk, Souris, and Red river basins. The latter years involved managing Environment Canada’s hydrometeorological monitoring program for the three Prairie Provinces and the NWT and fulfilling the program's obligations to our cost-share partners. It was a great career with a good mix of field and office work, the opportunity to be continuously challenged, and the opportunity to work with several world class professionals and skilled water managers.

Currently, I am an Independent Consultant involved with hydromet, transboundary water issues, climate adaptation, and natural hazard risk reduction projects in Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.  I mostly work for international consulting firms. Again, a good mix of learning opportunities and challenges.

2. When did you first join the CWRA?
A good question. I remember attending a National CWRA Board meeting when I was posted in Winnipeg, so my best guess is the late 1970’s or the early 1980’s.

3. Why do you like being part of the CWRA?
CWRA has been a most rewarding experience and continues to be. It has provided me the opportunity to network with many well-respected water resource professionals throughout my career. It has enabled me to appreciate the perspective of the water professionals working at all levels of government, the academic community, and the private sector. The introduction of the SYP group to CWRA in the early 2000’s has brought a unique and vibrant dimension to my learning opportunities and perspectives on water management.

4. What are you most excited about now that we are moving towards a somewhat normal post-pandemic way of life?
I had to think on this question some. The return to in-country and in-person work on international projects vs only remote delivery via Zoom was rewarding. All in all, there was not much of change, given the nature of international projects and that I began to travel once some of the travel restrictions were lifted. Spending two weeks in isolation upon arriving in a country gives you an opportunity to focus.

5. Tell us something new you learned about yourself during the pandemic.
I learned that whatever obstacle is placed in front of you, there is always a way to move forward and progress. I used some of the downtime during the pandemic to expand some of my technical skills via the great series of webinars that were being offered, such as those hosted by CWRA. I believe that I now appreciate more the opportunities to be continually learning and for discovery.

Bi-Weekly Paper Series
This week, the BWPS highlights papers that provide insight into the characterization of hydrological processes over time and space. Bergelin et al. (2022) relate an ice core dataset from Antarctica to geological events associated with glacial advances and retreats. Soulis et al. (2020) examine patterns in saturated hydraulic conductivity over a watershed characterized by wildfire events. Schultz et al. (2023) use remote sensing to detect water body dynamics in boreal forest peatlands, whereas Jonard et al. (2020) show how remote sensing can be used to obtain estimates of plant transpiration dynamics to quantify hydrological fluxes. Gies (2023) provides a commentary and overview of research that indicates how rivers have been hydrologically disconnected from oceans due to human activities.      

Bergelin M, Putkonen J, Balco G, Morgan D, Corbett LB, Bierman PR. 2022. Cosmogenic nuclide dating of two stacked ice masses: Ong Valley, Antarctica. The Cryosphere 16 (7): 2793–2817 DOI: 10.5194/tc-16-2793-2022
Dating a buried ice mass found in Ong Valley, Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica: Cosmogenic nuclide methods and a forward model of geological events; qualitative and quantitative observations; and quantifying glacial advances.

Gies, E. 2023. The Oceans are Missing Their Rivers. Nautilus Magazine. Link:
How rivers have been hydrologically disconnected from oceans during the Anthropocene: changes in sediment, nutrients, and biogeochemical cycles; sinking land surfaces, reduced eddies and currents; and the role of dams in a global story.

Jonard F, De Cannière S, Brüggemann N, Gentine P, Short Gianotti DJ, Lobet G, Miralles DG, Montzka C, Pagán BR, Rascher U, et al. 2020. Value of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence for quantifying hydrological states and fluxes: Current status and challenges. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 291: 108088 DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.108088
How remote sensing of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence can obtain plant transpiration information to better quantify hydrological state and fluxes: drought, water stresses and the soil-root zone in the context of uncertainties.

Schultz S, Millard K, Darling S, Chénier R. 2023. Investigating the Use of Sentinel-1 for Improved Mapping of Small Peatland Water Bodies: Towards Wildfire Susceptibility Monitoring in Canada’s Boreal Forest. Hydrology 10 (5): 102 DOI: 10.3390/hydrology10050102
The use of Sentinel-1 SAR remote sensing to map surface water bodies in peatlands: small and large wetlands in Canada characterized by backscatter; and signatures, pixel geometry and temporal changes.

Soulis KX, Londra PA, Kargas G. 2020. Characterizing surface soil layer saturated hydraulic conductivity in a Mediterranean natural watershed. Hydrological Sciences Journal 65 (15): 2616–2629 DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2020.1831694
Spatial and scale-related differences in saturated hydraulic conductivity for the Lykorrema stream watershed (Greece): measurements and statistics in a area characterized by wildfire events and relationships to hydrological processes.

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