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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
River Ice Speaker Poster 2017 Professional

 

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

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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

NASA SWOT Mission

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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BC Hydrometric Program Business Review

The British Columbia Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management (MSRM) recently completed a business review of the hydrometric program. The report titled “Water Quantity Monitoring in British Columbia: A Business Review of the BC Hydrometric Programs”, assessed the ability of the existing network to provide the data that users in the private sector and government need to make business decisions. The process also acted to inform the user community of the challenges faced in maintaining the network and assessed how that community can participate in obtaining and paying for their data requirements.

The business review used focused consultations with users and service providers selected for having their fingers on the pulse of their sector. These people provided high-grade information and commentary on water quantity-related business needs and the essential underlying data requirements. As well, over 50 water management professionals were consulted at a workshop sponsoured by the BC Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA). This workshop provided additional insight into the various sectors through the eyes of the engineers who provide clients with water management services.

The report has five parts. Part I covers the business review purpose, the need for water quantity information and data, and the networks used to gather data. Part II provides a unique and innovative look at the economic benefits of hydrometric data. Part III describes how major sectors use hydrometric data for business decisions, and the economic benefits of data to the sector. Part IV provides an assessment of how users’ business needs are being met by existing programs. And Part V provides recommendations to renew the hydrometric program and make it a more effective, client-focused operation.

The hydrometric program has many problems — some consider it to be “broken” — and the report’s recommendations focus on program renewal. MSRM is called upon to reaffirm its commitment to the hydrometric program and provide the critical leadership needed for renewal. A renewed program would be more business-oriented and user-focused and actively promote its benefits to users and other supporters. To consolidate and then expand the network size and available data, mechanisms are required to develop funding support from private-sector and government users. The implementation of a standards management system is also recommended to capture, quality-assure and disseminate the considerable amount of non-WSC data being collected in B.C. To make all this happen, a Hydrometric Program Management Board is recommended to oversee the direction and management of “whole” system.

This report can be found on the EcoCat website here. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Hydrologic Engineer, Aquatic Information Branch, BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource 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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