Upcoming CWRA Alberta Branch Lunch-n-Learns, Dinner Seminars, Webinars and Workshops

 To register for events hosted by other CWRA branches, please visit our national website: http://www.cwra.org/en/

 

2018 Water Webinars for Alberta

We are pleased to present a series of six free webinars to Albertans on new research, policy and best practices related to water science and management. Whether you’re interested in water for personal or professional reasons, there is something here for you!

Take a look at the schedule below and sign-up early, before space runs out!

 

 Interested in presenting at a CWRA webinar?

 The CWRA is always looking for speakers who are interested in sharing their work or ideas on water management. Do you have some interesting insights into water research, policy or international best practices that you’d like to share? Send us your ideas by filling out the form below and we’ll follow-up.

Submit your idea here! 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/ZDF5Wqyp53pV6BWB2

Submissions for the Water Quality (December 2018) Webinar:

Please submit abstracts related to Water Quality before the end of September 2018. Topics related to First Nations problems with water quality will be preferred.

 

2018 Webinars Schedule

Webinar Title

Date

Climate change, extremes and variability Part I:

Newest ways of using climate models in water resource applications

6-Apr

Climate change Part II:

Managing the water risks from climate extremes and variability

Postponed

Managing Waterway Public Safety Around Dams

26-Jun

Standards and Guidelines for Water Management

20-Aug

A practical approach towards probabilistic flood risk assessment in a changing climate

23-Oct

Managing water resources in a changing climate: understanding impacts and uncertainties 

28-Nov

Water Quality

1-Dec

 

Climate change, extremes and variability Part I:

Newest ways of using climate models in water resource applications (Webinar) 

Date: April 6, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1906892201427451137

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

Abstract:

Learn from practitioners and researchers about better understanding the assumptions within climate projections and how you can make the most of of them practical applications in Alberta. This webinar will feature a two-part presentation followed by a panel Q/A session.

Presenter(s):

The UQAM’s Assistant Professor Julie Thériault will focus on her research with the Global Water Futures initiative in Rocky Mountains.

Credit Valley Conservation’s Manager of Engineering, Christine Zimmer, will focus on how the CVC has used climate projections in understanding watershed impacts and developing adaptation actions in an urban context.

Cost: Free

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Climate change Part II:

Managing the water risks from climate extremes and variability (Webinar)

Date: Postponed

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Sign up herehttps://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1404831002616625666

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

Abstract:

This webinar is the second part of a two-part series on climate change and water. The focus will be on strategies that are being used to manage the risks of a changing climate on water in Alberta.

Presenter(s):

To be announced shortly! Stay tuned.

Cost: Free

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Managing Waterway Public Safety Around Dams (Webinar)

Date: June 26, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Sign up herehttps://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2962324407733452802

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

Abstract:

Dam owners across Canada have become increasingly more concerned with Dam Safety Management in the recent past.  This has been especially true since the Canadian Dam Association published their Public Safety around Dams Guidelines in 2011.  Overall, dam safety is given the largest consideration due to the potentially extreme, widespread consequences of a dam safety incident; however, Public Safety incidents are responsible for several fatalities a year in Canada and as such deserve serious consideration by all dam owners, if not equal treatment. The CDA Public Safety guidelines describe how to develop a managed system using the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” process. This managed system consists of 5 major components that are in a continuous state of review: Policies and Objectives; Risk Assessment and Treatment Planning; Implementation; Monitoring; and Auditing/Improving. Several dam owners, have already successfully implemented these types of systems and the lessons learned from this experience shows that the CDA process is effective, scalable and can be relatively simple to implement compared to other types of managed systems. Utilities that have implemented these systems, including Manitoba Hydro, have been open in sharing their experiences to help other dam owners develop new programs and avoid some of the issues that they encountered.  Some of the lessons learned that are highlighted include: that the process is inherently iterative and requires that the dam owner recognize this and be prepared to revise the various components as new information becomes known; to embrace the phased approach to provide the simplest most potentially successful solutions at a reasonable cost; to utilize the experiences of others to inform your program and minimize the potential rework needed in the future; and finally, to keep it simple and try not to overthink all the requirements and make reporting and documentation streamlined so it will be completed and maintained.

Presenter(s):

David Bonin, David is a Hydrotechnical Engineer from Hatch’s Winnipeg Office. He has over 20 years of experience in dam safety and design.

Cost: Free

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Standards and Guidelines for Water Management (Webinar)

Date: August 20, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Sign up herehttps://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8265333859683153154

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

Abstract:

What standard should I use for a water conservation program? What’s the best way to track risks? How do I know how to comply with water laws? These are all questions people involved with water management routinely ask. Want to know the answers to these and many other questions related to international standards around water management? This webinar is your chance to learn about ISO’s water standards and the newest vintage of the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s certification programs.

Presenter(s):

Zillay Ahmed, Standards Council of Canada

Edwin Pinero, Alliance for Water Stewardship

Cost: Free

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A practical approach towards probabilistic flood risk assessment in a changing climate (Webinar)

Date: October 23, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Sign up herehttps://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1222544069359329282

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

Abstract:

Flooding, as a major natural disaster worldwide, threatens human lives and causes billions of dollars in damage each year. Increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme precipitation, rain-on-snow events, and storm surges due to climate and land use change can exacerbate flood events. Therefore, accurate flood risk assessment, through proper representation of flood hazards, vulnerability and exposure, is crucial for the design, planning and management of societies and infrastructure. In this webinar I will discuss some of the observed and projected impacts of climate and land use change on hydroclimatic extremes and then present a probabilistic flood modelling framework integrated with a risk assessment module to characterize flood risks.

Presenter(s):

M. Reza Najafi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University. His research involves developing and improving nonstationary statistical and physically based modelling frameworks to characterize and predict hydroclimatic extremes.

Cost: Free

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Managing water resources in a changing climate: understanding impacts and uncertainties 

Date: November 28, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mountain

Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2842588694497837571

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you.

Abstract: 

Freshwater systems in Canada are changing rapidly in response to a changing climate and resulting snow and ice cover loss.  Under future climate scenarios, significant warming and changes in the precipitation are projected to occur, with a potential to further affect the water resources systems.  Thus, the consideration of climate change impacts needs to be incorporated into planning, design and management of water resources infrastructure, as well as adaptation measures to mitigate the impacts. In this webinar, I will introduce steps in assessing hydrologic impacts of climate change, including selection of GCMs, emission scenarios, downscaling and hydrologic modelling. I will also discuss the spatial and temporal variability of future hydrologic changes, including nonstationarity and uncertainties that are associated with changes.   

Presenter:

Rajesh R Shrestha, Ph.D., P.Eng. is a Research Scientist at the Environment and Climate Change Canada.  His research focuses on assessing the impacts of climate variability and change on hydrologic regime, including methods to characterize interactions, uncertainties and nonstationarity in hydrologic projections.

Cost: Free

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Water Quality (Webinar)

Date: early December 2018 (date dependent on submitted abstracts)

Call for Presenters

Presenters will be chosen based on abstracts recieved under the topic Water Quality. Topics related to First Nations problems with water quality will be preferred. Please submit your abstract before the end of September 2018 for this topic.

Submit your idea here! 

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/ZDF5Wqyp53pV6BWB2

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

A registration link is not yet available.

Abstract:

Check out our Call for Presenters above!

Presenter(s):

To be confirmed after the Call for Presenters has been completed. 

Cost: Free

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Past CWRA Alberta Branch Lunch-n-Learns, Dinner Seminars, and Webinars

 

Project WET - February 2018 Workshop

Calgary Public School Board Teacher's Convention 

Project WET is a water resource educational program for youth. It introduces young people to water issues and enables them to engage in good stewardship of our water resources. The next training workshop will be hosted at the Calgary Public School Board Teacher’s Convention, February 15-16, 2018. Facilitators from Alberta Environment and Parks will host this workshop for participants to learn about the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 (the Guide).

While the Guide has 65 complete multi-level lesson plans, showcased activities at the workshop will be tailored to Alberta’s current water issues such as aquatic invasive species. All workshop activities will be fun, hands-on, cooperative learning activities. By the end of the workshop, participants will have learned how to use the Guide and have experienced activities targeted for each age group.

Date: February 15-16, 2018

Cost: $44

The workshop cost includes a printed copy of the 592-page Project WET Cirriculum and Activity Guide 2.0.

Registration Link: 

https://www.regonline.ca/builder/site/?eventid=2038815

Project WET Contacts:

Provincial Coordinator

     Janine Higgins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

CWRA-AB Project WET Liaison

     Alida Thiombiano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Drought / Climate Change Effects on Forests (Webinar)

 Date: November 21, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Cost: Member - $10; Non-Member - $15; Group of 3 or more - $25

 Abstract:

To be provided.

Presenter:

Tedd Hogg, Natural Resources Canada

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2075673

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

  

Wildfire Impacts on Rocky Mountain Source Waters in Alberta (Webinar)

 Date: September 19, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Cost: Member - $10; Non-Member - $15; Group of 3 or more - $25

 Abstract:

To be provided.

Presenter:

To be provided.

  

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2024049

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

 

 

Living with Wildland Fires: Have We Learned Anything from Fort McMurray? (Webinar)

 Date: June 27, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Cost: Member - $10; Non-Member - $15; Group of 3 or more - $25

 Abstract:

Fire happens in Canada’s forest. Every year, thousands of small fires and dozens of large ones occur somewhere in Canada’s vast forest landscape.  It has been the story for centuries and will continue. Now more than ever people work, build, live and play in the boreal forest but disaster can occur when people and fire intersect.  This was the case in Fort McMurray resulting in unprecedented evacuations of 90,000 people, insurable losses over $3.7 billion and a negative impact on National GDP. Have we learned from this catastrophic fire and can we co-exist with fire?

Presenter

Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (currently a three way partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada and the University of Alberta). He received his BSc (Physics) from the University of Manitoba, his MSc (Atmospheric Science) from Colorado State University and his PhD (Plant Sciences) from Cambridge University. Dr. Flannigan's primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires and landscape fire modelling. He has been studying fire for over 35 years and has published over 200 papers. Dr. Flannigan was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire (2002-2008) and has taken on leadership roles with the US National Assessment on Global Change, IPCC, IGBP Fire Fast Track Initiative and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) efforts on the global impacts of fire.

  

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=2004393

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

  

Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series Workshop

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2017  

Time:

     - Registration: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM MST

     - Workshop: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM MST

Cost: Early Bird Tickets $70 - Deadline is March 26, 2017

Location: Four Points by Sheraton Calgary Airport, 2875 Sunridge Way Northeast, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 7K7   (403) 648-3180

The Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines workshop, hosted by CWRA on behalf of the Government of Canada, has been arranged in order to present and gather input regarding the recently developed Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series documents. The workshop aims to identify gaps in the published documents, as well as further opportunities for research going forward. Overall, it is intended to provide a forum for diverse members of the flood management community to collaborate toward the common goal of mitigating Canada’s costliest natural disaster: overland flooding.

Keynote speakerBob Sandford will open the workshop. Aside from having authored and co-authored a number of high-profile works on water, Mr. Sandford is currently the EPCOR Water Security Research Chair at the United Nations University. He will be followed by speakers from Natural Resources and Public Safety Canada, who will provide brief overviews of the documents contained in Version 1.0 of the Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series and discuss plans for future development. The afternoon sessions will then provide an opportunity for all participants to contribute to ongoing work by addressing three specific topics of relevance: climate change impacts on floodplain mapping, strategies for stakeholder outreach and gaps in existing Guidelines documents.

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1960113

 

Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series Version 1.0 (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (English) 

Time: 12:00 PM MST

Cost: Free

Natural Resources Canada will present a brief overview of the revised Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Servies Version 1.0 documents in preparation for the two workshops to be held March 28th and 30th in Toronto and Calgary, respectively. The presenters will briefly elaborate on the guidelines' contents and uses, and describe next steps going forwards. The French version of this webinar will be provided on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Please visit http://www.cwra.org/en/ to obtain the link for the webinar provided in French. 

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/830358159061990403

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 

 

Town of Canmore - Lessons Learned from the 2013 Floods (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM MDT

Cost: $10 for CWRA Members, $15 for non-members, $25 for groups of 5 or more (honour system)

During this webinar Andy Esarte, Manager of Engineering Services, and Felix Camire, Project Engineer, will discuss policy and mitigation for steep creek hazards. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.ca/canmore_2013_floods

After you pay for the webinar, you will be promted to register for the webinar itself. 

System requirements to join the webinar: http://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003

 

Strategies for Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure (Webinar)

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM MDT

Cost: Free!

Incorporating green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) into the management of rain water is increasingly becoming a necessity. Using examples from Canada and the United States, this webinar will discuss practical strategies for municipalities and communities wishing to incorporate GSI into their landscape. We also will introduc a new tool, the Stormwater Scorecard, developed in paternship with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. This tool was designed to help communities understand how they are doing in terms of managing rain where it falls, as well as benchmark progress across Canada.

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8089037057411657474

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed  to you. 

 

Near Real Time Water Data Management

Thursday September 29, 2016

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go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6019079970810746372

 

Shelley Morris, Team Lead, Groundwater, Water Supply and Soil Contamination Alberta Environment and Parks will present a 30-minute discussion on how near-real water supply data is acquired from the field monitoring stations and shared with the public Alberta River Basins webpage and phone app.
Other data sets used in the department and where they can be found will also be discussed. 

 

Alberta’s Fish Culture Program Lunch-N-Learn

September 26, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta

Operating two brood facilities and two production facilities, Alberta's fish culture program produces over 2 million trout annually to create, maintain and enhance fish populations to support the provinces put and take recreational fishery. The program also produces a limited number of Walleye fry for restorative stocking. Moving into the future, the program endeavors to improve the stocking program through in-depth assessment of our trout strains and water bodies and through investment into aging infrastructure and equipment to ensure that the program meets the demands of Alberta's recreational fishery.

The presentation will include a guided tour of the hatchery.

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Speaker:    Mr. Ryan Lyster Facility Supervisor (Acting) Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery

A passion for the outdoors and fishing led Ryan to obtain a diploma in Natural Resource Technology from Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta and eventually a B.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. After a number of years in the lab industry and involvement with well site reclamation and remediation, Ryan obtained a position with the Alberta government at the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery. For the last five years, he has held the position of hatchery technician and is currently the acting facility supervisor.

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