Call for Abstracts: CWRA BC Conference 2015

Floods, Droughts and Everything in Between


The CWRA BC Branch Conference is scheduled for November 18-19, 2015, in Vancouver, BC. The following topics have been outlined by our conference committee as we endeavour to put together a conference that can speak to the wide range of issues that our colleagues in academia, government and private consulting are faced with in an ever changing water environment. We have moved from an age of natural abundance to the age of natural scarcity and the challenge moving forward will be to find new ways for developing, protecting, and managing healthy ecosystems. Water is critical to the survival and proliferation these ecosystems and our success depends on collective change regarding the management of this precious resource.

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Abstracts will only be accepted through online submission. Please identify the theme that best fits with your abstract and presentation. If the abstract fits multiple themes, up to two themes can be identified. There is a 300 word limit.

Abstract Submission is now closed.

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A. Water Quality and Ecosystem Health

Pressure is mounting on water quality and ecosystem health. Water resource managers, engineers and scientists engaged in various sectors of government, industry and research need to work together to reverse the trend in water quality deterioration and maintain/improve the health of aquatic ecosystems. This session will address potential impacts to water quality and ecosystem health, including:


  • aquiculture processes and influx of invasive species, as well as potential mitigation and improvement processes
  • quantification and prediction of ecosystem health
  • best management practices to achieve sustainable water quality
  • fish and wildlife friendly design practices


B. Policy, Planning and Governance

There are many uncertainties when it comes to managing water in the future. It is important to share knowledge, tools and approaches from water managers and practitioners, and to augment this information with new and innovative ideas. Discussion on the Water Sustainability Act and trans-boundary issues fall within this theme, as well as any social and community aspects of water resources management.


C. Floods, Droughts, and Extreme Events – The Science and Management

Climate scientists expect that the earth will be subject to more frequent and greater extreme climate events. Climate extremes coupled with other human influences on the hydrologic cycle could result in floods, droughts, and other extreme events beyond anything experienced in recent history. This session will provide a forum to discuss the challenges of identifying impacts of climate extremes and implementing management strategies. Submissions are solicited for the following sub-themes:


  • Climate change and impacts to hydrologic regimes
  • Hydrologic analyses for extreme events
  • Impacts of extreme events on people, environment and economies
  • Infrastructure planning for extreme events
  • Emergency Preparedness for water quantity and quality extremes
  • Liability and responsibility for the management of extreme events


D. Urban Water Challenges and Social and Community Components

Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) is commonly seen as a strategy for achieving the goals of Water Sensitive Urban Design. IUWM seeks to change the impact of urban development on the natural water cycle, based on the premise that by managing the urban water cycle as a whole; a more efficient use of resources can be achieved providing not only economic benefits but also improved social and environmental outcomes. One approach is to establish an inner, urban, water cycle loop through the implementation of reuse strategies. Developing this urban water cycle loop requires an understanding both of the natural, pre-development and post-development water balances. Accounting for flows in the pre- and post-development systems is important for limiting urban impacts on the natural water cycle. This session will highlight some of the current and future water challenges municipalities are facing and discuss potential management strategies.


E. Water, Energy, and Natural Resources Extraction

Water, energy, and the extraction of natural resources are closely connected in the Canadian marketplace. Water is a key component in either direct energy production (hydropower) or in terms of energy resource extraction (oil and gas / mining). This session will explore the use, reuse, and potential overuse of water that supports our energy and resource needs.


F. Oil Spill and Contaminant Modeling:

With growing international demand for Canadian oil, shipping traffic on both east and west coasts of Canada is expected to increase. The threat posed to the marine waters, freshwaters, and the environment by the development of new pipelines and additional marine traffic needs to be quantified in order to fully understand the risks. Effective mitigation plans should cover a range of components from the early stages of the regulation process through detailed assessment of the probabilities of accidents and malfunctions, contaminant spill numerical modelling, Environmental Impact Assessments and Human Health Risk Assessments, spill response plans, the protection of source water intakes and clean-up methods. We welcome abstracts that will provide an overview of the different steps in understanding the fate of a contaminant spill and the associated emergency response to protect our waters.



G. Agriculture and Water Issues --- Okanagan / Fraser Valley areas

The impact of climate change and climate variability will lead to increased stresses on agricultural production at the same time as there is an increasing demand for both food and non-food products. Agriculture is dependent on having access to water, land and other resources for which there is a growing competition from other sectors. Potential impacts on both water quantity and quality also need to be considered in addressing future water management challenges related to agriculture.


H. River and Lake Ice

River and lake ice and its impacts on the socio-economy continue to be of great importance to Canada, especially in light of increased development and resource extraction in the North. This session brings forth new advances in technology related to ice research and management including field sampling methods, modelling approaches, remote sensing techniques and overall understanding of ice processes. Additional advancements have been made by including more socio-hydrological aspects of ice such as incorporating traditional and local knowledge and the involvement of local community agencies, stakeholders, and interest groups in ice research and management.