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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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Upcoming Webinars
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The Ice Boom Broke! Now What?? Understanding and Managing Ice During the Construction of the Keeyask Generating Station  

Understanding and managing ice on the mighty Nelson River in northern Manitoba is critical to reduce ice related risks during the construction of the Keeyask Generating station.  Years of monitoring and modelling of the ice processes along the river indicated that an ice boom would be required to protect the construction areas, but what happens when the ice boom fails? This presentation describes the ice processes, the ice boom design and construction and some of the actions that were required when the ice boom failed.

November 16th, 2017 (1-2pm) at the University of Manitoba (EITC E2-105)

Presented by : Mike Morris, M.Sc., P.Eng.  Manitoba Hydro

Free for CWRA-SYP! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Webinar fee for professionals: $10 – register via PayPal here.

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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Ute Holweger Bio

Ute Holweger is a Professional Landscape Architect with extensive knowledge and over 18 years of public sector experience in water and watershed management, natural resource management, landscape-based planning, agricultural sustainability and landscape ecology. This experience includes providing professional expertise on issues like Lake Winnipeg water quality.
She currently is the President of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA), and has been an active CWRA member for over 12 years.
Ute is employed at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) where she is a Manager of Knowledge and Technology Transfer within the Science and Technology Branch. She is effective in developing and fostering strategic partnerships and collaborative approaches with various government agencies, non-government organizations, volunteer groups, academia and other stakeholders.
Ute holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (1992) and Master of Landscape Architecture (1998) from the University of Manitoba and has also obtained a Certificate of Strategic Leadership from the Banff Centre (2013).
Area of Expertise: watershed planning, agricultural management practices, water and nutrient management in farming systems, Lake Winnipeg Basin water management

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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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