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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Registration is now open for #CWRA2022, June 5-8, in beautiful Canmore, Alberta. To celebrate our 75th anniversary, the national conference has come back home to the province in which CWRA was born. The theme this year is "Our Shared Waters" and the Alberta Branch has done an incredible job planning the program. They've attracted high-caliber keynotes and presentations (278 abstracts!) and lined up exceptional experiences. And the best part? We'll finally be able to see each other face to face instead of screen to screen! P.S. We also have a zillion webinars on tap and lots of jobs on the job board - check them out ...

Conference registration is open!

A few things to note:

  • Although we are planning a full in-person conference (woohoo!) 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
  • Book through our room block at the hotel early, as rooms are limited!

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 Chair.CWRA2022@cwra.org

National CWRA
March 22, 1 pm ET: Introducing the Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program (FHIMP). Brain Perry, NRCan.


In this presentation, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide an update on Canada’s Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation’s current flood mapping activities. Of particular interest, they will share new information about the launch of FHIMP, a joint initiative led by NRCan and supported by both Public Safety and Environment and Climate Change Canada. This program aims to produce flood hazard data and maps for high priority areas across the country by collaborating with provincial and territorial jurisdictions to deliver mapping products that will be accessible to all Canadians. Updates will also be provided on the progress of various initiatives related to guidance, data and products for flood mapping.

This webinar is free to attend, but you must register here.

CWRA SYP Ottawa Chapter
March 22, 6:30 pm ET. Inaugural event! Ottawa SYP launch - webinar and discussion about "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 a creative discussion about 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.

CWRA SYP Winnipeg Chapter
March 22, 1 pm ET: City of Winnipeg Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment Process. Remi Adedapo, City of Winnipeg.


Celebrate World Water Day by learning all about water treatment and wastewater treatment in Winnipeg.

This event is free and will be held both online and in-person. All SYP Winnipeg Chapter members present will be eligible to win a gift card! To register for the event, please email: cwra@umanitoba.ca

CWRA SYP Alberta Chapter
March 22, 6 - 7:30 pm MT: Career Panel and Networking Event.


To celebrate World Water Day 2022, CWRA SYP Alberta is hosting an online career panel! Featuring a wide range of industry professionals, the panel will allow students and young professionals a rare opportunity to pick the minds of some of the best the industry has to offer. Following the panel, there will be a networking event for all the professionals and attendees.

This event is free. Please register before March 20. To register, or for more information, please email casyp@cwra.org with the subject line: World Water Day.

National CWRA
March 24, 11 am HE: Accroître La Résilience Du Canada Face Aux Inondations : Introduction Du Programme D’identification Et De Cartographie Des Aléas D’inondation (PICAI). Maxim Fortin, RNCan.


Une cartographie des inondations de haute qualité, actuelle et accessible, aidera les gouvernements, les collectivités et le public à mieux comprendre les risques d’inondation. Dans de nombreuses régions du Canada, il manque des cartes à jour qui délimitent clairement les zones d’inondation, ce qui est essentiel pour la planification et l’atténuation des risques. Le gouvernement du Canada investit $63.8M dans le Programme d’identification et de cartographie des aléas d’inondation (PICAI) afin d’aider les Canadiens à mieux planifier et se préparer aux risques d’inondation futurs.

Ce webinaire est gratuit mais vous devez vous inscrire.

CANCID webinar series
March 24. 11 am MT. Integrated Agricultural Water Management: Measuring and Monitoring. Silvio Gumiere.

Info will be posted soon on our events page.

CWRA National
March 29 (English) and 31 (French), 1 pm ET: Marc-Andre Faucher, Atlas of Canada Project Manager.

More details on the talks are coming soon (registration is open).

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


Hongyi Li is an 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 Atlantic Branch
March 31, 1 pm AT. A look at New Brunswick's new Flood Hazard Map.


This webinar will explore the new flood hazard map for the province of New Brunswick including some of its new features, how the map can be used to inform land use planning and how we can adapt buildings to flooding risks.

This event is a partnership of the CWRA Atlantic Branch and the New Brunswick Environmental Network. Learn more about the speakers and register here.

 
Full event calendar and registration links
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)
Technologist, Approvals Assurance, Agriculture Client Services
Location: North Battleford, SK
Application deadline: March 30, 2022

Since 2015, WSA has been working with producers and industry groups to refine and design its approach to agricultural water management. This new approach is centered around working together to help producers gain approvals in larger networks, while improving customer service delivery throughout the province. The Technologist - Approvals Assurance is dedicated to deal with drainage applications, drainage networks and compliance related follow-up.

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.

Beaty Water Research Centre, Queens University
Research Administrator
Location: Kingston, ON
Application Deadline: March 27

Reporting to the Director, Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC), the Research Administrator is responsible for assisting with ongoing operations and administration of research projects affiliated with the BWRC. This position supports routine logistical aspects of the research projects, including coordinating and communicating with research teams, optimizing success in grant competitions by assisting faculty in applying for research grants, completing literature reviews, compiling Curriculum Vita, coordinating workshops, seminars, and symposiums, and performing a variety of administrative functions. The incumbent is responsible for scheduling meetings and keeping meeting records, maintaining program websites.

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 info@cwra.org for rate information.

Bi-weekly Paper Series
 
As Spring arrives in the Western Hemisphere along with the Persian New Year (Nowruz), and hydrological cycles change during this important transition period, the BWPS presents a few interesting papers related to environmental change and quantification of changes. Mishra and Coulibaly (2010) use information theory to assess regional data sparsity for the Canadian hydrometric network. Tafvizi et al. (2022) identify spatiotemporal characteristics of watersheds in the Boreal Shield, whereas Miller et al. (2021) identify changes in coastal saltmarsh areas. Liu et al. (2022) provide a novel dataset for quantification of CO2 emissions from streams, whereas Ren et al. (2022) examine future fire dynamics and climate change in the western USA. 
       
1. Liu S, Kuhn C, Amatulli G, Aho K, Butman DE, Allen GH, Lin P, Pan M, Yamazaki D, Brinkerhoff C, Gleason, C, Xia X, Raymond P. 2022. The importance of hydrology in routing terrestrial carbon to the atmosphere via global streams and rivers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119 (11): e2106322119 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2106322119

Quantifying CO2 emissions from rivers and streams: a novel dataset with 5910 global measurements; correlations with hydrological processes; spatial and seasonal differences; and relationships with discharge and biogeochemical cycles.


2. Miller CB, Rodriguez AB, Bost MC. 2021. Sea-level rise, localized subsidence, and increased storminess promote saltmarsh transgression across low-gradient upland areas. Quaternary Science Reviews 265: 107000 DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107000

Understanding landscape dynamics of changes in saltmarsh areas: paleoenvironmental reconstruction over 700 years for sites in North Carolina; remote sensing images; saltmarsh transgression rates; subsidence and sea-level rise.


3. Mishra AK, Coulibaly P. 2010. Hydrometric network evaluation for Canadian watersheds. Journal of Hydrology 380 (3–4): 420–437 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.11.015

Assessing hydrometric networks in Canada: a quantitative approach using entropy measures; sensitivity analysis related to missing values; and regional "transinformation" mapping showing areas of improvement.


4. Ren J, Hanan EJ, Abatzoglou JT, Kolden CA, Tague C (Naomi) L, Kennedy MC, Liu M, Adam JC. 2022. Projecting Future Fire Regimes in a Semiarid Watershed of the Inland Northwestern United States: Interactions Among Climate Change, Vegetation Productivity, and Fuel Dynamics. Earth’s Future 10 (3) DOI: 10.1029/2021EF002518

Indicates fire regimes are influenced by climate change in the western USA: modelling influences of CO2, aridity and vegetation in the Trail Creek watershed of Idaho; different GCMs, land cover and atmospheric CO2; and why regional fires can decrease rather than increase.

5. Tafvizi A, James AL, Yao H, Stadnyk TA, Ramcharan C. 2022. Investigating hydrologic controls on 26 Precambrian shield catchments using landscape, isotope tracer and flow metrics. Hydrological Processes 36 (3) DOI: 10.1002/hyp.14528

Characterization of catchments in the Boreal Shield using isotopes and measurements of hydrological processes: climate, flow-based metrics and seasonality; spatial variation and isotope dynamics; and clustering using PCA.

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


Meet our Members
 

Say hello to Sylvie Spraakman

Sylvie says she's learned to not do a million things at once, but you couldn't prove that by us! She's been one of the drivers of our reinvigorated National SYP and she's one of the key people behind our photo contest (all while moving west to the coast, taking a new job, and finishing up her PhD). Thanks Sylvie - I'm not sure you truly understand the definition of "chill out" though!
1. What do you do as a career? What do you like about it? 
I'm a water resources engineer at the City of Vancouver, and I am responsible for designing and implementing green stormwater infrastructure in the public right-of-way. I really like dealing with practical stuff (no modelling for me!) and that my work contributes to improving the environment.  


2. When did you first join the CWRA?
I first heard about CWRA through going to a HEC-RAS training course with my first job in consulting. I helped out with SYP Waterloo early on, then moved around and tried out different volunteer opportunities, and came back to CWRA while doing my PhD at University of Toronto because I'd gone to a bunch of Blue Drinks Toronto events and my friend Meg Olson said that the SYP group could use some help.  

3. Why do you like being a part of the CWRA? 
It's definitely the people - it's like I've found my tribe of fellow water nerds.


4. What are you most excited for once we return to a pre-pandemic normal?
Will anything ever be normal again? Lol. I think this pandemic has really brought CWRA together in a lot of ways, we're much more truly National now with our web conferencing capabilities! But I am looking forward to an in-person CWRA Conference. I am working on a plan for an SYP house near the venue :P 

5. Tell us something new you have learned about yourself since the beginning of the pandemic.
 I've learned it's ok to chill out and not be doing a million things all the time. I haven't completely got rid of my need to always be doing something, but I'm *slightly* less neurotic than before.

 
Other News You Can Use
 
RFI Industry Engagement Day - Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program

Natural Resources Canada has shared a Request for Information with regard to the Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program. They are inviting suppliers within the private water resources engineering sector to respond and to register for the Industry Day event scheduled for April 13th, 2022.
Link for NRCan RFI
You're invited to participate in a free webinar on the draft 2022-2026 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, the Government of Canada's plan for healthy ecosystems, clean growth, and a sustainable future that is cleaner, greener, and more resilient.
When: March 21, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

 
Learn more and register here
Join the Water Institute on March 22, for exciting virtual events celebrating World Water Day.

1:00 - 2:30 pm: A Cross-Country Checkup on Canada’s Groundwater: Perspectives on the Future of one of Canada’s most Valuable Resources
4:00 - 5:30 pm: The Legacy of Environmental Racism in North America: Perspectives from Canada and the United States
6:00 - 10:00 pm: World Water Day Evening Social
Learn more and register here
Learn more and register here
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