Pre and Post Conference Workshops

Workshops

CWRA is excited to announce our suite of workshops before, during, and after our conference.  Requirements for each workshop vary so please review the details carefully.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Flow Forecasting using WATFLOOD(R) and GreenKenue(TM)

This flow forecasting short course will feature a hands-on application of importing a GRIB2- format numerical weather forecast and applying it to a southern Ontario watershed after an introduction to the WATFLOOD® hydrological model and the National Research Council’s GreenKenue™ processor.  On completing this workshop and with the help of a detailed manual (download here) you will be able to carry out a forecast on a watershed configured for the WATFLOOD model.

Recent severe flood events in Canada have pointed out the need for accurate and timely flow forecasts to help evacuate threatened locations and mitigate flood damage by preventative measures. Over the past few years, high resolution numerical weather forecasts with up to two weeks lead time have become readily available. The distributed (gridded) hydrological model WATFLOOD™ and the pre & post processor GreenKenue™ have been coupled and configured for use in real-time streamflow forecasting applications. WATFLOOD® due to its gridded approach to hydrological modelling and routing can take full advantage of the equally detailed numerical forecast thus highlighting locations of concern in a watershed.

WATFLOOD® (WF) is free & open source. Green Kenue™ (GK) is free.

Workshop topics

  • Watflood overview and example of the 2019 spring forecast for a river in Southern Ontario
  • GK: Pre & Post processor for Watflood
  • GK: File formats, display capabilities
  • Outline of real-time data availability for flow (or flood) forecasting
  • Downloading in GRIB2 format:
    • RDPA – CaPA: CMC Regional Deterministic Precipitation Analysis (for hindcasting)
    • CMC Regional Deterministic Prediction System (RDPS) – 10 km
    • CMC Global Deterministic Prediction System (GDPS) – 0.24 X 0.24 degree resolution
  • Downloading the past month CWS recorded flows for streamflow nudging in the model
  • Processing sequence using WF programs to create WF readable GK format files for use by the WF model
  • Description of the WF files (event) setup for doing daily flow forecasts
  • Executing a forecast
  • Question & Answer

Includes morning refreshment break and lunch – breakfast is on your own

Presented by: Nicholas Kouwen

Date and Time: Sunday, May 26, 8:00 – 16:00

Capacity: 20

Cost: $150

Register for the free the pre-workshop webinar on Wednesday May 15: CSHS-hydRology: Introduction to R

 Understanding Indigenous Culture: Knowing Wampum as Woven Through the Ojibway Anishinaabe Tradition

Brian Charles is an off-reserve Band member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and currently lives along the western shore of Lake Simcoe near the village of Hawkestone, ON.  He is working collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to research and assemble a physical repository of wampum belts that document Ojibwa history. The presentation will illuminate how wampum was used to record not only relationships and treaties between the First Peoples of the Eastern Woodland, but also with settler societies in Canada.

 As we reflect on how to meaningfully respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action in Canada, this workshop provides a framework for creating a shared historical understanding of the relationships and treaties that have shaped our land and offers a model for how we can treat Indigenous and Euro-Canadian knowledge systems with equal respect.

This workshop is essential for those working in sectors that promote responsible, innovative, and effective water resources management. Past participants’ responses to this workshop have been overwhelmingly positive. The workshop provides an important framework for understanding our complex historical relationships, allowing for a better integration of traditional values and relationship requirements into our collective work.

Includes morning refreshment break and lunch – breakfast is on your own

Free parking is available in the day lots at Blue Mountain Inn

Presented by: Brian Charles, Educator

Where: Conference Centre.  Room TBA

Date and Time: Sunday, May 26, 10:00 – 15:00

Capacity: 30

Cost: $145

 Enhancing engagement in Canadian water management: Involvement and collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders and authorities

This workshop is designed for those interested in designing and implementing collaborative approaches of engagement in water resource management.  We focus on two types of engagement, involvement and collaboration, with diverse stakeholders and authorities (including Indigenous rights-holders).

The themes of Water Week at Blue focus on collaboration and partnerships. As water management challenges have become more complex than ever before and diverse perspectives are increasingly prioritized, the ability to create spaces for deliberation and to effectively engage with stakeholders and authorities is vital to the success of managing activities and sustainably using water resources. Furthermore, involving communities and Indigenous rights-holders or partnering to share management responsibilities (collaboration) can be more effective at identifying problems early, generating innovative solutions to problems and reducing risks – if implemented well.

This workshop consists of a series of speakers and active participation that will build capacity for participants to implement meaningful engagement and move towards collaborative water management

First, speakers will share examples, lessons and frameworks for meaningful engagement from across Canada. Then, a stakeholder mapping exercise will allow participants to visualize their contexts, discuss opportunities for coordination and identify gaps in engagement (e.g., strategies to ensure all relevant interests and perspectives are represented at the table).

Lastly, a group backcasting exercise will reflect on current challenges, generate a desired vision and brainstorm specific actions towards enhanced collaborative water management for practical application in the workplace. Participants will receive templates for stakeholder maps and a follow-up report that summarizes workshop discussions.

Co-facilitators: Elaine Ho and Sondra Eger, University of Waterloo

Panelists:

  • Brad Bass, Environment Canada
  • Andrew Spring, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Christy Doyle, Muskoka Watershed Council
  • Rob de Loë, University of Waterloo

Logistics:

Cost: $75

Time: Sunday, May 26, 12:00 – 16:00

Limited to 25 individuals (first-come-first-served)

Where:  Blue Mountain Resort Conference Centre.  Room tba

Afternoon Refreshment break will be provided.

Free parking is available in the Day Lot at the resort

A brief pre-workshop questionnaire will be sent out to registered participants.

Includes refreshment break – lunch is on your own

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

 Designing Water Roles & Relationships for Mutual Benefit

This workshop will introduce several Great Lakes engagement projects that explore our relationships to water. Participants will practice working within a relational worldview by naming the dynamics between the animated parts, Your task will be co-designing key indicators that mark what a healthy relationship status with water looks like.

Presented by: Paul Baines, Great Lakes Commons

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 29, 15:30

Room: tba

Capacity: 40

Registration: Included with conference registration

 Indigenous Approaches & Engagement in Watershed Planning

Watershed planning has been undertaken in Ontario for many years, although recent policy changes and emerging ecological stressors have underscored its important role in the protection of water resources. A watershed-based approach to protection, restoration, and enhancement of interconnected natural heritage and water resource systems will typically require cooperation among municipalities, Conservation Authorities, Indigenous communities, and others. From an Indigenous community perspective, watershed planning can be a process of building partnerships, developing an understanding of the watershed, achieving consensus on a plan of action, and providing for implementation and adaptive management. This presentation proposes an outline of guidance for Indigenous watershed planning.

Presented by: Gary Pritchard

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 29, 13:30

Capacity: tbc

Registration: Included with conference registration

Thursday, May 30, 2019

 NASH Flow Regatta

Flow regatta training focuses on the newest technologies emerging in hydrometrics and allow participants the opportunity to get hands on training and develop their best practices. More details will be provided soon.

Presented by: North American Stream Hydrographers

Date and Time: Thursday, May 30, 8:00 – 17:00

Location: Meet at Tim Horton’s in Collingwood, 501 Hume Street then travel to The Pretty River by private vehicle.

Capacity: 30

Price: $40 each

Sessions and Workshops

CALL FOR SESSIONS IS NOW CLOSED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS FOR SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS!  OUR PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU SOON.

Check back here for session and workshop information.

The Canadian Water Resources Association announces a call for session proposals for the 72nd CWRA National Conference “Shared Water, Competing Ethics: Collaboration in Water Management” to be held at Blue Mountain near Collingwood, Ontario on May 26th to May 29th, 2019. Join CWRA followed by the Canadian Water Summit for Water Week at Blue!

The Canadian Water Resources Association is a non-profit organization that is committed to raising awareness of the value of water and promotes responsible and effective water resource management in Canada.

For the 2019 Annual Conference, we are now accepting Session Proposals  that highlight aspects of the conference theme including:

● Our ethics and values for water in Canada
● Water governance, managing shared waters
● Water resource science and engineering
● Great Lakes matters
● Adapting to a changing climate

Possible topics under these themes include:

● First Nations and Indigenous roles in water governance and knowledge
● Cross-sector collaboration in water
● Water apportionment and Water Security
● Collaborative leadership – does it exist in water management in Canada?
● Flood management – from mapping floodplains to insuring the flooded
● Contaminants of emerging concern
● Public-Private Partnerships in water management
● Engaging and empowering citizens in collaborative water management
● Adaptation and building resilience in neighbourhoods, cities, and watersheds
● Advances in watershed management including cumulative effects assessment
● Sustainability Goals – Is Canada on track for water ?
● Advances in wastewater treatment
● Risk Communication in the Water Industry

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