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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. 

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Putting Prediction in Ungauged Basins into Practice

 Putting Prediction in Ungauged Basins into Practice J.W. Pomeroy, C. Spence, and P.H. Whitfield (Complete Book) 


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Putting Prediction in Ungauged Basins into Practice J.W. Pomeroy, C. Spence, and P.H. Whitfield



How to Maximize the Predictive Value of Available Data in Ungauged Basins? – Chinese Lesson S. Liu, X. Mo, C. Liu, J. Xia, and W. Zhao



Maximizing the Predictive Value of Information from Different Sources: An Amazon Case Study R.T. Clarke and D.C. Buarque



Predicting in Ungauged Basins using Physical Principles obtained using the Deductive, Inductive, and Abductive Reasoning Approach J.W. Pomeroy, X. Fang, K. Shook, and P.H. Whitfield



Flood Risk Assessment in a Poorly Gauged Basin A. Gelfan



Choosing and Assimilating Forcing Data for Hydrological Prediction D.C. Garen



How to use new information technologies for prediction: Ensemble flow forecasting, verification, and post-processing M. Renner and M. Werner



Prediction in Ungauged Basins – The Challenge of Catchment Non-Stationarity H. Wheater, N. McIntyre, N. Bulygina, C. Fraser, and B. Jackson



Regionalizing Hydrological Response under a Changing Climate D.A. Post



How to combine inductive and deductive approaches to prediction? P.F. Dornes



PUB in Practice at the National Scale: The Case of South Africa D.A. Hughes



Estimating Mean Monthly Streamflow in the Lugenda River, Northern Mozambique M. Minihane



Creating a Runoff Record for an Ungauged Basin: Peyto Glacier, 2002-2007 D.S. Munro



Parameterization of a Physical Hydrological Model for a Mountain Region in Alberta S.W. Kienzle



Regionalization of Rainfall-Streamflow Models for Estimating Flows in Ungauged Basins: Towards Reducing Uncertainty I.G. Littlewood



Prediction of Near Real Time Natural Flows in Gauged and Ungauged Watersheds of South Saskatchewan River Basin – What are our options? A. Gupta, W. Herrera, G.N. Wijesekara, C. Valeo, D.J. Marceau, and N.Moreno



Towards Improved Hydrologic Model Predictions in Ungauged Snow-Dominated Watersheds Utilizing a Multi-Criteria Approach and SNODAS Estimates of SWE D.P. Boyle, C. Barth, and S. Bassett



Using Satellite Imagery and the Distributed Isnobal Energy Balance Model to Derive SWE Heterogeneity in Mountainous Basins A. Kahl, A. Winstral, D. Marks, and J. Dozier



Using the Wetland DEM Ponding Model as a Diagnostic Tool for Prairie Flood Hazard Assessment R. Armstrong, C. Kayter, K. Shook, and H. Hill



Summary and Synthesis of Workshop Break out Group Discussions P.H. Whitfield, R.D. Moore, and K. Shook



Synthesis of Major Findings at Pub 2011 and Recommendations for Future Directions D. Hughes, C. Spence, and R. Woods





Canadian Perspectives on Integrated Water Resources Management

integratedwaterresourcesEdited by Dan Shrubsole
ISBN 1 896513 26-3
123 pages

Canadian Perspectives on Integrated Water Resources Management contains papers selected to provide a measure of integrated water resources management in Canada and to encourage a comprehensive approach to water resources management activities.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:
The Status of Integrated Water Resources Management in Canada.
By: Vida Ramin

Chapter 2:
Watershed Resources Planning and Management: Lessons Learned from Comparative Case Studies.
By: K.S. Calbick, Thomas I. Gunton and J.C. Day

Chapter 3:
Walking the Talk: Integrated Watershed Management in Atlantic Canada.
By: Stephen Hawbolt

Chapter 4:
First Nations Integrated Watershed Management.
By: Peigi Wilson

Chapter 5:
Drinking Water Source Protection: A Challenge for Integrated Watershed Management.
By: John FitzGibbon and Ryan Plummer

Chapter 6:
Integrated Floodplain Management.
By: R.A. Halliday

Published by the Canadian Water Resources Association

Pricing and Ordering Information

The book is available for CDN$23 including shipping and handling. To obtain an order form, follow this link: Order Form (pdf)

For more information, please contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (613) 237-9363

Reflections on Water The History of the Canadian Water Resources Association 1947 - 1997

reflectionBy Bruce Mitchell and Robert de Loë

In 1997, the Canadian Water Resources Association marked its 50th anniversary, a significant benchmark for a nongovernment organization. "Reflections on Water" provides not only a history of the organization, but also information and insights into major Canadian water policies and decisions with which CWRA has been involved as well as a critical assessment of its accomplishments.

Pricing and Ordering Information

Price: $20.00 + applicable taxes + postage if outside of Canada.

To order click here [PDF] to obtain an order form.

Every school library should have a copy of this really interesting history of water resources management in Canada. To find out how to obtain a copy for your library, please send an email to the CWRA Membership Services Office.

Prediction in Ungauged Basins: Approaches for Canada's Cold Regions

PUB CoverEdited by C.Spence, J.W. Pomeroy and A.Pietroniro.

In March, 2004 Water Survey of Canada and the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences co-hosted a workshop in Yellowknife to discuss how to improve our community’s abilities to predict streamflow in the Mackenzie Valley and similar cold regions of Canada. The workshop’s objectives were to 1) provide outreach to practitioners of the results of recent studies in cold regions hydrological regimes in the context of predicting streamflow, 2) assess “state of the art” techniques to predict streamflow in ungauged basins in northern landscapes and 3) define technical needs and recommend a research agenda that can deliver these over the next decade. The workshop was attended by 53 participants from government regulatory agencies, water research institutes, academia, private industry and consultants from Canada, the United States, Russia and Australia.

This book summarizes presentations by invited speakers on the subjects of:

  • Statistical hydrology and hydrometric network planning
  • Cold regions hydrological processes
  • Application of hydrological models to cold regions
  • Advances in distributed hydrological modelling

A synopsis chapter summarizes discussions during the workshop. These were focused on defining practical requirements, future goals, and a research and monitoring agenda for streamflow prediction in the Mackenzie Valley and similar cold regions. This chapter also includes an attendee recommended design for this agenda, which includes ideas for designing a strong, sustainable and effective hydrometric network and Canadian participation in the International Association of Hydrological Sciences Prediction in Ungauged Basins (PUB) initiative.

This book is valuable to all water resource professionals interested in the understanding and management of the water resources of northern Canada and similar cold regions. It is a reference for streamflow prediction in the Mackenzie Valley for both water resource managers and practitioners alike.

Selected Chapters

Pricing and Ordering Information

Price: $15.00 + applicable taxes + postage if outside of Canada

To order click here [PDF] to obtain an order form

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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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