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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

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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Project WET Support Materials - Activity Booklets

Kids In Discovery Series

Colourful, 16-page activity booklets for students ages 8 through 12 provide a fun, informative introduction to a water concepts. Creative and hands-on investigations, demonstrations, science experiments, educational games and stories stimulate understanding of each booklet’s topic.


Discover Recycling, Take Action!

Green Means Go Once you gaze through “green goggles,” it will colour your view of our world.  Overflowing with engaging, hands-on activities, this booklet imparts an appreciation for the need to protect our environment, as well as the know how to reduce the waste stream

waterstory-12 75x98 The Water Story
Games and exercises introduce water artifacts and cultural celebrations, water friendly cleaning alternatives, and the maze from water source through treatment plant to homes and out again.
celbratwetlands-08 75x97 Celebrate Wetlands!
With everyday tools such as coffee filters, sponges, celery and food colouring, readers learn about the life of wetlands. A 27.5 cm x 40 cm poster reminds kids of the many spectacular plant and animal species of the wetlands.
hwhpkids 75x97 Healthy Water, Healthy People
Through informative text, activities, investigations, and experiments, the booklet is designed to illustrate water quality topics and issues and make them intriguing, relevant, and fun for kids.
fishfishingthum 75x98 Fish & Fishing
From facts about fins to funny phrases, kids learn about the lives of fish and human-kind's long history of pursuing them. "A Fine Kettle of Fish" increases awareness of water pollution, whirling disease, drought, loss of habitat, and over-fishing.
DiscGW Springs 75x96 Discover Ground Water and Springs
Interactive lessons such as filling glasses with sand, gravel, and clay show readers principles related to water flow. Watershed animals, hot and cold springs, and everyday ground water uses are vividly illustrated and demonstrated.
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Conserve Water
Kids test their water IQ by matching familiar plants and animals with their water content, then get outdoors to learn "catchment," and think about their own neighbourhoods in the "Water Detective."

Water-Works 75x99 Water Works
Highlights Hoover Dam. Upper elementary and middle school aged students will discover how dams such as Hoover ensure that we have water to drink, to use for recreation, to provide power to our homes, to provide water for agriculture and business and to provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
WatershedProtection 75x98 Watershed Protection
What is a watershed? How can you protect a watershed using simple, everyday actions? Who manages a watershed? What watershed habitats support different plants and animals? Learn the answers to these questions and more through this interactive booklet. Kids can even become a certified Watershed Hero!
BigRivers 75x97 Big Rivers
Readers explore big rivers and watersheds in North America, meet famous river explorers, calculate a river's rate of flow, discover how the river environment is unique, investigate the many ways that rivers are important, and recognize the role of water managers.
kids drought 75x97 Discovering Drought
How can there be a drought in a rain forest--or in the desert? What exactly is a drought? Learn these answers and more, such as the roles of snowpack and ground water, droughts around the world and throughout history, predicting and planning for drought, plant and animal adaptations, and dendrochronology. For students age 8-12.
kids sagebrush 75x97 Explore Sagebrush Prairie
Explore the Sagebrush Prairie ecosystem where a region of minimal rainfall yields a great diversity of life. Through mazes, math, and mapping, students will learn about a multitude of animals and plants as well as the importance of the ecosystem to human populations over time.
kids nativewaters 75x98 Native Waters - sharing the source
“Where is our river coming from Grandpa? Where does it go?” a child asks. Conversations between young people and elders thread through the booklet as readers discover key water concepts from a Native American perspective. Interactive reading, science, art, and culture activities reinforce concepts. Developed through the Native Waters Program, with emphasis placed on the Missouri River Watershed.
Kids stormwater 75x97 Discover Storm Water
Pull on your rain boots and try to imagine what your town would be like without storm drains. Readers can calculate runoff on permeable and impermeable surfaces, follow the maze of point and nonpoint source pollution, and apply best management practices.
kids water every drop counts 75x96 Water Every Drop Counts
This 16 page activity booklet is packed with fun and engaging activities about where water comes from, where it goes, and how important it is to our lives. Students age 8––12 will explore the hydrologic cycle, worldwide water quantity, basic water quality issues, water and personal health and how water connects people worldwide. All activities reinforce the message that when it comes to water, every drop counts!
Explore-Oceans 75x98 Explore Oceans
Have you been asked why the ocean is blue, or why is it salty? Maybe your students want to know how storms build. Explore Oceans teaches the answers along with navigation concepts and watershed principles.
Discover Ports and Harbors
On this journey, students take the helm as they explore the features of ports and harbors. Whether it’s from the bow of a tug or the stern of a ferry, students learn about the challenges a pilot faces when navigating a boat or ship. Other activities teach students about ports as hubs for global commerce, the routes products take when imported and exported, and what can be done to protect ports and harbors for years to come.
This book is brought to you by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Project WET.
Bays and Estuaries Discover Bays & Estuaries
Learn how we all impact and depend on bays and estuaries. Students work their way through a food web, identify animals that live in the "mixing zone," and decide how to conserve, protect, and restore bays and estuaries by drawing pictures of Best Management Practices (BMP) throughout a watershed.
Discover Marine Mammals
Swim in the ocean with a dolphin or under the sea with a blue whale. In this book, activities lead students on a journey of discovery as they explore the world of marine mammals. Lessons on the habitats in which marine mammals reside, the conditions and challenges marine mammals face, and how to be a marine mammal steward are taught through hands-on activities.
This book is brought to you by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and Project WET.
floods-kids-booklet Discover Floods
Overflowing with learning opportunities!
When water is on the rise, students’ imaginations are bound to be swept away. Saturated with important-to-know facts and engaging hands-on activities, it’s a force of nature that’s ideal for making a splash in the classroom.
Published in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization.

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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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