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CWRA SYP Vancouver Chapter


The Vancouver chapter was founded in 2005 by a diverse group of water enthusiasts with backgrounds ranging from law and policy to science and engineering. Years after its inception the group strives to provide engagement people interested in all aspects of water resources. The main goal of the group is to promote awareness of Canadian and international water resource management through education and interdisciplinary collaboration. We achieve this goal by hosting seminars and workshops as well as networking events amongst students and professionals.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the group as a core member or just want to receive emails about events we host please contact us! Core members generally meet once a month to discuss chapter initiatives and organize events. If you have an idea for an event or seminar topic, we are always interested in hearing suggestions for topics and speakers.

Contact Person

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - SYP Chair 2017

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Vice Chair 2017


Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2016

Thank you to those who were able to come out and support the CWRA Student and Young Professionals and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Event at Tower Beach. It was a great evening for networking, socializing, discovering new places, all while supporting a great cause! Special thanks to Katie De Rego for leading the organization of the event and making sure we were fully geared for the evening (including post cleanup cookies and lemonade!). We were able to collect two garbage bags full of trash and three bags of plastic and glass recyclables. The type of trash and quantities were recorded by our group and will be reported back to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup organizers. The recorded trash information will be used by Shoreline Cleanup to better understand the sources of shoreline litter and educate about the impacts of litter on wildlife and people. 

We look forward to meeting more CWRA members at exciting events to come!
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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2015 

For over 20 years, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has been a great way for Canadian volunteers to join with their communities and tackle the problem of litter along local shorelines. The B.C. SYP Chapter began their involvment in 2015 and contributed to the more than 3000 km of shoreline that have been cleaned as part of the event. After a successful event in 2015, they set out to do it again in 2016. In the second outing, they gathered a large group of SYPs at the UBC campus. A local section of shoreline was cleaned while SYPs had a chance to meet each other and have some fun.

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World Water Day 2016 Blue Drinks Event

B.C. SYPs hosted an evening of presentations and networking at The Railway Club in Vancouver. Harwan Hassan, Professor of Geomorphology at UBC, spoke about his experiences working in the Yangtze, Yellow and Mississippi River basins and his long-running project to manage field research stations in the coastal mountains east of Vancouver. Erica Ellis, a fluvial geomorphologist, discussed her work on the Fraser River and river and creek systems in B.C., Yukon, Northwest Territories and Washington State.

The presentations were followed by a Blue Drinks event, which is an informal evening of networking for water-minded pracitioners, academics and entrepreneurs. This Blue Drinks event was jointly organized by the Canadian Water Network, BC Water & Waste Association, and the CWRA.

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Tour at Vancouver's Drinking Water Treatment Plant

Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant, North Vancouver (Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve)
Where does our drinking water in Metro Vancouver come from? How is it treated before it flows out of your water tap at home? And what are the newest technologies of drinking water treatment? The CWRA BC Branch is inviting students and young professionals to attend a guided tour of the Seymour-Capilano Filtration Plant on Saturday, May 10th at 9:00 am. The event is free of charge to all students and young professionals (under 35 years of age, or under 10 years of related experiences), but space is limited, and registration is based upon first come, first serve. After the tour, there will be time to enjoy a conversation and networking during a small picnic in the beautiful scenery of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.

All Things Water Seminar Series 2011 

A seminar series on diverse water resources issues that took place every second Friday in March and April, 2017.
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