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Now that January has arrived, just a reminder about the upcoming National Workshop “Climate Extremes:  National Collaboration on Floods and Drought” being hosted by CWRA, CSHS and ECCC in Ottawa at the Westin Hotel on Friday January 27th, 2017. We’re encouraging folks to start their new year’s resolutions and register early for both the workshop and accommodations at the Westin.  Please note that the discounted hotel room rate has been negotiated for workshop attendees and is a time limited offer – It’s only available until Friday, January 6th!  This is approximately $40 savings from their regular room rate!  Internet access in your hotel room is also complimentary when booking with the CWRA Group rate.

Please take a look at the attached flyer for the list of expert speakers and workshop details!  A detailed agenda for the day will follow up in the coming weeks.  

Registration Link -  Climate Extremes: National Collaboration on Floods and Droughts

Westin Hotel Registration Link  (reduced rates available through this link until Jan. 6)

Request for Application and Qualification -

DUE January 13, 2017 - EXTENDED

The Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) is seeking a research consultant to complete a 3-month contract to determine the feasibility of a Professional Hydrologist (P. Hydrol.) designation in Canada. The selected consultant will effectively communicate research findings with CSHS-PHCC and CSHS Executive Committee.  Click here for the complete document.






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UPDATE 08.29.2016
National Flood Guidelines Draft Document

Natural Resources Canada is aiming to have the next version out for CWRA review in late 2016. The 100-year flood design will remain policy. It will be, as has been the case, up to the discretion of the provinces and territories to design for larger events. A climate change directive policy element is being considered and will be guided by a board of experts.

The final product will be a series of 8 handbooks:
Canadian Flood Plain Mapping Framework  (Fall 2016)
Bibliography of Best Practices Related to Flood Mitigation  (Fall 2016)
Hydrologic and Hydraulics Procedures for Flood Plain Delineation  (Fall 2016)
Flood Plain Maps: Guidelines and Specifications (Fall 2016)
LiDAR Data Acquisition for Flood Mapping (Spring 2017)
Flood Risk Assessment  (Spring 2018)
Climate Change Impacts on Flood Modelling  (to be confirmed)
Canadian Risk-Based Land Use Planning Guide  (to be confirmed)

Thank you to all those who contributed feedback to the previous version. Those comments have been forwarded to NRCan and were gratefully accepted. Stay tuned for more updates and to find out how you can contribute.
National Principles, Best Practices and Guidelines - Flood Mapping Draft Document
Background Summary

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Join CWRA, along with the most exciting leaders in the water and wastewater industry this October, at World Water-Tech North America, part of the newly launched Ontario Water Innovation Week.

Supported by CWRA, the theme for this year’s summit is “Accelerating Innovation in Energy Optimized and Climate Resilient Infrastructure”, and is a unique opportunity to hear from 60+ utility leaders, investors, and innovators on the latest approaches to energy optimization, resource recovery and re-use.

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Alongside the speaking program, you can take advantage of the water industry’s best networking tool to pre-set meetings with your most important contacts, including international delegations looking to meet US and Canadian partners.

Register Today to Save Up to $300
If you’d like more information on how to get involved, please 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It’s going to be a great event and we look forward to seeing you there.

Rick Ross, CWRA Executive Director



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Canada's Most Precious Resource? Water Not Oil - An OpEd from Dave Murray, President, CWRA

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