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 2018 Midterm Workshop

Water Without Borders: Breaking Down Barriers to Achieve a More Integrated Approach to Watershed Management

January 26, 2018 

Winnipeg, MB

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National 2018 Conference

Our Common Water Future: Building Resilience through Innovation

May 28 - June 1, 2018
Victoria, BC

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International Conference and 69th International Executive Council

Meeting of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage

August 12-17, 2018

Saskatoon, SK
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Alberta Branch Conference

Mine the data, Mind the Resource

March 25 - 27, 2018
Red Deer, Alberta
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CSHS Modelling Shortcourse

Principles of Hydrologic Modelling UW Graduate Course

and Professional Short Course 

June 4 - 8, 2018
University of Waterloo

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Saskatchewan 2017/2018 Webinar Series

All webinars start at 12:00 noon Central time

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Date  Topic Presenter
Tuesday, Feb 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 18, 2018 Smith Project Naturalization/Decommissioning  Brad Uhrich, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 NASA SWOT Mission Al Pietroniro, ECCC & University of Saskatchewan

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CWRA is working with CatIQ and Public Safety Canada to design this important workshop. 
We hope to see you there. CWRA members will receive a $100 discount (login to CWRA members area to obtain the discount code) 

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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.

Career Opportunities

  How to Submit a Job Posting

Director of Hydrology & Groundwater Services - Water Security Agency - Closes January 31, 2018

Water Security Agency (WSA) is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic leader for our Hydrology & Groundwater Services group. This group is vital in helping WSA achieve its vision to support 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 create the vision and methods for water forecasting in Saskatchewan that will persist into the future. The position encompasses a large scope of  responsibilities including overseeing the operation and maintenance of WSA’s hydrometric network and database, forecasting stream flows and river and lake stages,
operation planning for major reservoirs and provincial water systems, operation and maintenance of the provincial observation well network, development of aquifer management plans, providing recommendations on the issuance of allocations and associated conditions, and provision of professional engineering and geoscience services in the areas of hydrology, watershed modelling, hydraulics, and hydrogeology.

To learn more about the work we do and this position, visit www.wsask.ca.

Technologist, Hydrometric Operations - Water Security Agency - Closes January 26, 2018

Water Security Agency (WSA) is currently seeking 3 Technologists in our Hydrometric Operations group.  Our technologists’ measure and record critical information about lake levels and stream flows from 283 stations throughout Saskatchewan. This information helps the Province forecast and respond to floods and drought, and is used in all scales of infrastructure projects, from deciding the size of culverts required in a road, to major bridge and dam construction. Citizens also use lake level and stream flow information regularly – it’s the most visited section of our website. If you like to work carefully with data, to see Saskatchewan, and to spend time outdoors, this job could be a great fit for you. We offer rewarding career opportunities, competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package.

To learn more about the work we do and a full scope of duties for this position, visit www.wsask.ca.

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