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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

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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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CSHS News, Minutes, Events & Publications

Principles of Hydrologic Modelling UW Graduate Course and Professional Short Course

June 19-24, 2017* 

University of Waterloo

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This course addresses the development of computational models of watershed hydrology in support of water resources management and scientific investigation. The full model development and application cycle is considered: pre-processing, understanding, and generating input forcing data; system discretization and algorithms for simulating hydrologic processes; parameter estimation; and interpreting model output in the context of often significant system uncertainty. The course will include practical applications of models to alpine, boreal forest, prairie, and agricultural settings in Canada.

*Date change from original publication

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Webinar - Hydrology of Prairie Wetlands: Scientific Foundation for Management and Conservation

Thursday, February 16, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm GMT-5

Presented by Masaki Hayashi, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology at the University of Calgary (www.ucalgary.ca/hayashi).



Abstract:   Prairie landscape is dotted by wetlands called sloughs in Canada and potholes in the USA. These wetlands control many aspects of hydrology and have important ecological functions. Hydrological understanding of the wetlands has far reaching implications for protection, restoration, and management of the prairie environments. I will present a unique case study, where long-term monitoring and focused experiments over the past 50 years have generated a body of fundamental scientific knowledge that is beginning to guide policy development for protection and restoration of prairie wetlands. The key findings are: 1) long-term monitoring of basic hydrological and ecological variables is necessary to assess the response of wetlands to natural and anthropogenic stresses; 2) effective management of wetlands requires the consideration of wetland complexes, as opposed to individual wetlands, and the hydrological linkage between wetlands and surrounding uplands; and 3) biodiversity of prairie wetlands depends on the diversity in water regimes (e.g. ephemeral, seasonal, permanent) within a wetland complex, in other words, hydro-diversity

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Global Water Futures Research Program Webinar

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 pm GMT-5

Presented by Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and director of the U of S Global Institute for Water Security and CFREF-funded program leader.

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The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Water Futures overarching goal is to deliver risk management solutions—informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools—to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. 

The information in this webinar is presented by Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and director of the University of Saskatchewan Global Institute for Water Security, who leads the CFREF-funded program. “No institution nationally or internationally has assembled such a large-scale and multi-disciplinary water research initiative of this kind,” said Wheater.

See full flyer here. 

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The Raven Hydrological Framework Workshop

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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario
9:30 - 5:00 pm MDT
Friday, October 14, 2016

Instructed ​by ​Dr. ​James ​Craig. ​Learn ​how ​to ​use ​the ​Raven ​Hydrological ​Modelling ​Framework. ​It's ​a ​flexible ​and ​user-friendly ​software ​tool ​for ​simple ​and ​complex ​watershed ​models ​that ​enables ​the ​user ​to ​customize ​their ​model ​to ​different ​landscapes ​in ​Canada, ​and ​contains ​a ​suite ​of ​diagnostic ​tools ​for ​assessing ​and ​improving ​model ​quality. 
Practitioners, ​consultants, ​researchers, ​and ​organizations ​for ​flood ​and ​reservoir ​forecasting, ​climate ​change ​impact ​assessment, ​regional ​water ​resource ​planning ​activities, ​and ​research ​applications ​currently ​use ​Raven ​across ​Canada. ​Users ​include ​BC ​Hydro, ​TransAlta, ​New ​Brunswick ​Ministry ​of ​the ​Environment, ​Alberta ​WaterSmart, ​and ​the ​National ​Research ​Council. More info here. 

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A Raven hydrologic modelling workshop, co-sponsored by the CWRA, CSHS, and Carleton University Geography department, was held in Ottawa this October 14th at Carleton University, and instructed by Prof. James Craig from the University of Waterloo. Eleven  attendees from academia, government, and consulting participated. The day started with an discussion of the challenges to trustworthy model development, covered the basics of modelling with the flexible Raven hydrologic modelling framework, and ended with hands-on watershed model development exercises. Plenty of interesting questions were asked and participants enjoyed the stimulating discussions both at the breaks and during post-workshop drinks at the Carleton student centre. Plans are underway to offer the Raven workshop at the CWRA conference in Lethbridge in June 2017. For more information about the Raven modelling framework, or for future Raven workshops, go to http://www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/jrcraig/Raven/Main.html 



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January 10-21, 2017

CSHS Short Course in Physical Principles of Hydrology
Kananaskis Valley, Alberta

This ten-day field course examines the physical principles and processes that govern hydrology, with special reference to Canadian conditions. The deadline to register is December 1, 2016.
Space is limited and fills up every year, so sign up early to guarantee your spot.

Webinar: Diminishing Andean Water Resources: Understanding how glacier recession impacts water availability in Cordillera Blanca, Peru

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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CSHS, in association with CWRA, is proud to present work by Dr. Jeffrey McKenzie, McGill University. This webinar will showcase his research on the effects of climate change in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range in Peru. An estimated 400 million people rely on meltwater from these, and other glaciers, around the world. Results from recent studies will be presented that identify the flux and storage mechanisms that control water resources with particular focus on low-gradient alpine meadows. 

FREE for CSHS Members. 


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The Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) is currently exploring if there is interest among the hydrological and water resources community for professional hydrology certification in Canada. Several jurisdictions outside of Canada have already established a professional certification for hydrologists. One example is the American Institute of Hydrology (http://www.aihydrology.org/hydro-certification.html). 

 The results of this anonymous survey will be presented and discussed at the CSHS Annual General Meeting at the upcoming 2016 Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) Conference in Montreal on May 25. Results will also be posted to the CSHS website.

OSTRICH - a Software Toolkit for Calibration and Optimization of Hydrological Models.

May 18, 2016

L. Shawn Matott

CSHS, in association with CWRA, is proud to present Shawn Matott's work, OSTRICH: Optimization Software Toolkit for Research Involving Computational Heuristics - A model-independent multi-algorithm optimization and parameter estimation tool.

Stay tuned for availability of recording.

Water: An Ethical Opportunity for Canada
April 20, 2016

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Dr. Jeremy Schmidt will discuss some of the key ethical aspects affecting water management in Canada. The discussion will proceed both historically, in reference to the explicitly ethical claims that aligned water management with the state; and politically, in reference to how ethical challenges to state-led water management from indigenous and environmental communities have shaped recent developments in Canada.

Stay tuned for availability of recording.

The Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) Executive is encouraging all CSHS members to attend the CSHS AGM being held over lunch on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the CWRA National Conference in Winnipeg. CSHS is asking their membership to review the proposed new Terms of Reference for CSHS, and participate in the vote on the new CSHS Terms of Reference. The following provides a link to the:

(1) Original CSHS Terms of Reference, and
(2) Proposed new CSHS Terms of Reference (Final)

Please review the documents and plan to participate in this important upcoming meeting at the CWRA National Conference in Winnipeg.

On October 6 – 7, 2011 the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) hosted a 2 day workshop on operational river flow and water supply forecasting. The workshop was intended to promote and facilitate communication, heighten awareness of the breadth of forecasting methods, illuminate their effects on forecast performance, and explore the operational practicability of the technologies. Click the link below to view the workshop program and presentations.

From March 2 – 11, 2010 at the University of Calgary’s Biogeoscience Institute’s Barrier Lake Station in the Kananaskis Valley, the Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan offered an intensive short course version of Geography 827, Principles of Hydrology. Subjects such as precipitation, interception, snow accumulation, snowmelt, evapotranspiration, infiltration, groundwater, streamflow, and river hydraulics were taught by a selection of the best hydrologists in Canada. These processes were framed within the context of distinctly Canadian landscape features such as glaciers, peatlands and seasonally frozen ground. State of the art statistical methodologies were presented. Students were exposed to an overview of each subject, and introduced to recent scientific findings and new cutting edge theories, tools and techniques. Click


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Friday, December 04, 2009
Call for Abstracts.
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Friday, August 21, 2009
The Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) sees its niche among Canada’s water associations as being the primary facilitator for the conveyance of state of the art hydrological science and information to the practicing hydrology community. We, i.e. the CSHS executive, have been busy the last few years, and we would like to thank all members for their support. After a very successful conference in Québec City in June 2009, we thought it would be good to take this opportunity to inform the membership of some of the products and activities they have supported.
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Report now available The report assesses the most appropriate program to meet the data needs of the user community.
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Comments, questions or concerns about the contents of this discussion document written by Robert Halliday may be sent to Bruce Davison - CSHS Secretary.
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Canadian National Committee for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (CNC-IAHS)
June 2003
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CSHS Meeting Minutes

CSHS Conference Call - February 25, 2010 Minutes (pdf)
CSHS Conference Call - January 07, 2010 Minutes (pdf)
CSHS Conference Call - December 01, 2009 Minutes (pdf)
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CSHS Conference Call - April 25, 2008 Minutes (pdf)
CSHS Conference Call - February 20, 2008 Minutes (pdf)
CSHS Conference Call - January 21, 2008 Minutes (pdf)

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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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