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Upcoming Events

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National 2018 Conference 

Our Common Water Future: Building Resilience through Innovation

May 29 - 31, 2018
Victoria, BC

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The Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) presents:

Kananaskis Short Course on Principles of Hydrology

January 10 - 21, 2018
Kananaskis Valley, Alberta

This ten-day course takes place in the Kananaskis valley, near the Marmot Creek hydrologic research basin. Through both classroom and field work, students examine the physical principles and processes that govern hydrology, with special reference to Canadian conditions. The deadline to register is December 1, 2017. Space is limited and fills up every year, so sign up early to guarantee your spot.

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AB Branch 2018 Conference

Mine the data, Mind the Resource

March 25 - 27, 2018
Red Deer, Alberta


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Upcoming Webinars


Recent drought effects on Alberta’s forests under a changing climate

November 21, 2017

12:00 Mountain

Ted Hogg, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service

Since the turn of the 21st century, conditions have been exceptionally dry across large areas of the western Canadian boreal forest, especially in Alberta.  In our research, we are using a combination of tree-ring analysis and monitoring of forest plots to examine the impact of recent severe droughts on the growth and health of aspen (poplar) and white spruce forests across the region.  The work includes application of two indicators of moisture conditions relevant to water stress in forests: the Climate Moisture Index and the Soil Moisture Index.   Our results have revealed that the exceptional droughts of 2001-2002 and 2014-2016 have led to widespread decline in both of these commercially important tree species across Alberta’s boreal and parkland zones.  This poses a serious concern for the future, based on model projections of warmer and drier conditions across the region in future under a changing climate.  From a forest management perspective, successful adaptation may require the application of innovative practices aimed at minimizing the negative aspects of climate change (e.g., increased drought, fire and insect damage) while realizing its potential benefits (e.g., increased tree growth from longer growing seasons).

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Saskatchewan 2017/2018 Webinar Series

All webinars start at 12:00 noon Central time

To Register: http://cwraskbranch.wixsite.com/webinars

Tuesday,  December 12, 2017

Environmental Flows for  Large River Deltas

Tim Jardine, University of Saskatchewan


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Advances in Ice-Jam Forecasting

Karl Erich-Lindenschmidt, University of Saskatchewan


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards

Janine Heinrich, Moose Jaw River Watershed Stewards


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Balancing Act: Multipurpose Water Management and Species at Risk

Corie White, Water Security Agency


Tuesday,  April 10, 2018

International Water Experiences: Future Considerations for Shaping Canadian Water Management

Russel Boals, Consultant


Tuesday, May 81    2018

Smith Project Naturalization/Decommissioning 

Brad Uhrich, Ducks Unlimited Canada


Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Al Pietroniro, ECCC & University of Saskatchewan

 Become a member and watch recorded webinars at your leisure.


CWRA is currently undergoing a website redesign.

Our new website launch date is early 2018. 

Thank you for your patience.

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Conferences and Documents Library

69th National Conference 

Water Management at all Scales - Reducing Vulnerability and Increasing Resilience



68th National Conference 

More Extremes? Preparing for Future Challenges to Canada's Water Resources

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Winnipeg, Manitoba June 02-04, 2015

Conference Presentations from the 68th Annual CWRA Conference can be reviewed here.

67th National Conference 

Water: What is the Future We Want?

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66th National Conference 

CWRA, CMOS and CGU Scientific Congress

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan May 26-30, 2013

65th Annual CWRA-CGU National Conference: Earth, Wind and Water – Elements of Life

Banff Alberta, June 05-08, 2012

The 2012 CWRA-CGU National Conference provides an excellent forum to exchange thoughts and ideas on innovations in water resources and geosciences: relevant research and policies; and their
contributions in Canada and globally. Delegates' attendance at this conference and presentations on wide range of water resources and geoscience topics in more than sixty sessions shows the
strong commitment to protecting, conserving and valuing our precious natural resources to ensure their security and sustainability now and in the future.

Conference Program

64th Annual CWRA National Conference: Our Water - Our Life - The Most Valuable Resource

2011 – St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador The Newfoundland and Labrador Branch of the CWRA hosted the 64th CWRA National Conference in the City of St. John's. You and your colleagues are invited to join us to share your views on how to ensure and promote the security and sustainability of our precious water resources.

More Information

63rd Annual CWRA National Conference Information, Infrastructure & Environment: What is our Water Legacy?

2010 – Vancouver, British Columbia


Conference Program

62nd Annual CWRA National Conference

2009 - Québec City, Québec

Conference Proceedings (CWRA Members Only)


60th Annual CWRA National Conference

2007 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Conference Proceedings (CWRA Members Only)

59th Annual CWRA National Conference

2006 - Toronto, Ontario

Conference Proceedings (CWRA Members Only)



CWRA National Documents

Toward a Canadian National Water Strategy
2008 Final Report - Rob de Loe

Significant threats to water resources exist across Canada. Climate change is an emerging challenge in all parts of the country, but numerous long term problems also exist, with serious implications for Canada’s environment, economy and society. The process outlined in this report begins with the formation of a leadership team, comprised of people who can speak to the needs, concerns and interests of the various stakeholder groups identified by or in the report.

Toward a Canadian National Water Strategy

Posted: June 18, 2008

This report, commissioned by the CWRA with funding from the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, was authored by Professor Rob de Loë of the University of Guelph. It sets out the benefits for effective and efficient management of water that flow from a coherent, comprehensive, and facilitative national framework for water management.

Press Release (pdf)

Final Report(pdf)

Sustainable Water Management: State of Practice in Canada and Beyond

Posted: January 22, 2007

Executive Summary(pdf) (CWRA Members Only)

Full Document (pdf) (CWRA Members Only)

Protecting Ontario's Water. Supplement to the Globe and Mail

Posted: June 27, 2007

The CWRA Ontario Branch recently participated in a special supplement to the Globe and Mail on June 27, 2007 entitled, Protecting Ontario's Water. The special 6 page insert allowed the Ontario Branch an opportunity to promote its recent publication entitled "Mainstreaming Climate Change in Drinking Water Source Protection Planning in Ontario" which was produced by Pollution Probe and the Canadian Water Resources Association.

Supplement (pdf)


Career Opportunity Posting Information

CWRA website Job Posting policy is described below.

  • Employment ads will be prepared and posted for one week at a price of $200. 
  • Job Postings displayed on the CWRA home page will consist of the job title, 50-75 word brief description with a link to the detailed job description and application process.
  • Continuing the ad for more than one week will be possible at a cost of $100 per week.
  • CWRA members will be given a 10% discount on the Advertisement.
  • Job Postings are not only advertised on the home page but included in our weekly email to members and other subscribers.
  • An email blast to CWRA members is not performed.
  • We will require 1 business day advance notice for a posting to be completed.


If you are interested please submit the posting material to the  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and confirm your billing address and include:

  1. a copy of the advertisement including links to further information (with French version if needed),
  2. date posting should begin, and
  3. date posting is to be removed.

Career Opportunities

  How to Submit a Job Posting

Work at CWRA

Webmaster - Part Time - Open until suitable canditate is found


Executive Director, Environmental & Municipal Management Services - Water Security Agency - Closes November 24, 2017

Water Security Agency (WSA) is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic leader for our
Environmental & Municipal Management Services group. This group is vital in helping WSA
achieve its vision to support water protection, economic growth, quality of life and environmental
well-being for the people of Saskatchewan. An opportunity exists at this time and with this role
to sustain existing and create and apply new concepts to facilitate developing, implementing
and evaluating WSA’s drinking water, wastewater, water quality, aquatic habitat protection
approvals and habitat assessment programs to achieve this vision.
To learn more about the work we do and this position, visit www.wsask.ca.

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