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CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference 2016

Groundwater and Surface Water Management: Interactions, Challenges and Opportunities

April 3-5, 2016

Edmonton, Alberta


We had around 120 attendees, and by all accounts the conference was a huge success!  The organizing committee would like to thank all of the sponsors and exhibitors that help make this conference a success.


Conference Description

Our water resources have historically managed surface water and groundwater as distinct components. However, as water resources professionals we know that approach is often an over-simplification. The need to consider the interaction of surface water and groundwater is becoming more important as we intensify land development and natural resource extraction. Ignoring these interrelations may have unintended or harmful consequences in the quantity and quality of our waters. 


Conference Program and Presentations

The conference program is available here.

Links to Presentations are available here.


Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

CWRA would like to thank the following Sponsors and Exhibitors for making the conference a success!


Silver Level

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Bronze Level

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Conference Presentations

Conference Proceedings

Program April 2016 Printed first page picture

Individual presentations where available are linked to the talks below - click to access


CWRA 2016 Alberta Branch Conference Program

Sunday April 3    
Start Time Description
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pre-Conference Workshop
Stormwater Modelling using PCSWMM / EPA SWMM5 with Groundwater Routine
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tour of the Edmonton Valley Zoo
Organized by the Edmonton SYP Group
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Registration and Meet & Greet
Monday April 4    
7:30 Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 Welcome
8:45 Keynote Speaker

“Flowing fast and slow” – Young and old water in rivers and groundwaters

Scott Jasechko – University of Calgary

9:45 Break
  Morning session 1A – Understanding regional groundwater and surface water interactions Morning session 1B - Agricultural practices and surface water and groundwater quality
10:00 Providing geoscience to enable a better understanding of groundwater and surface water interaction in Alberta

Brian Smerdon, Alberta Geological Survey

Potential effects of earthen manure storage lagoons on the groundwater quality in central Alberta

Jacqueline Kohn, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

10:40 Waterton Dam and surcharged aquifer management challenges

Sean Douglas, Alberta Environment and Parks

Investigation of the impact of irrigation returns on river water quality

Janelle Villeneuve, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

11:20 Natural discharge and its role in Athabasca River quality: resolving complex systems

Jon Fennell, Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd.

Evaluation of nutrient beneficial management practices in agricultural watersheds

Barry Olson, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

12:00 Networking lunch
  Afternoon session 2A – Understanding water levels in Alberta's lakes Afternoon session 2B – Technologies for finding aquifers, and modelling irrigated agriculture
1:30 A water balance study of skeleton lake, Alberta

Michael Seneka, Alberta Environment and Parks

Using Quantum Direct Matter Indicator Technologies (DMI) to find fresh water aquifers

Richard Hatala and Gerry Gurba, Integrative Technologies International Inc. (ITI)
and Ron Wey, ITI and Finding Water for the World

2:10 Development of generic shapes of Alberta lakes to support water policy development

Zahidul Islam, Alberta Environment and Parks

Modelling the irrigated agriculture sector of southern Alberta using system dynamics

Mohamed Ammar, University of Alberta

2:50 Break
  Afternoon session 3A – Modelling for improved stormwater management Afternoon session 3B - Approaches to regional water resources management
3:00 Discharge improvement zone study - modelling pollutants in stormwater

Brandyn Coates and Manas Shome, Matrix Solutions Inc.

Doing it the “Dutch way”?: Perceptions of adapting the Room for the River approach in Alberta’s flood management

Eva Bogdan, University of Alberta

3:40 Application of One Dimensional (1D) and Two Dimensional (2D) Coupled Numerical Models in Storm water management

Akinbola George, Associated Engineering

The role of environmental governance networks in Alberta’s regional-scale integrated resource management system

Judy Stewart, Lawyer

4:20 Break
5:30 Cocktails
6:00 Dinner
Tuesday April 5    
7:30 Continental Breakfast
8:30 Welcome
8:35 Keynote Speaker

Wetlands, Water, and Integrated Resource Management: A Shifting Landscape in Alberta

Thorsten Hebben,
Director, Surface Water Policy, Alberta Environment and Parks

9:20 Alberta Wetland Policy tools for wetland assessment, mitigation and replacement

Matthew Wilson, M.Sc., P.Biol.
Wetland Mitigation and Replacement Specialist, Alberta Environment and Parks

10:00 Break
10:20 Wetland policy implementation – a practitioner’s perspective

Tracy Scott, Head - Industry and Government Relations – Alberta, Ducks Unlimited Canada

11:00 Exploring opportunities within the Alberta Wetland Policy

Marissa Koop, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

11:40 Lunch
  Afternoon Session 4A - Managing natural and constructed wetlands Afternoon Session 4B - Understanding and managing wetlands and stormponds
1:00 Measures of progress and how to determine whether constructed wetlands are naturalizing over time

Amy McLenaghan, Tetra Tech EBA

Design of pervious water management environments

Bernie Arnell, Source2Source Inc.

1:40 Reclaiming peatlands & understanding the role of water interactions

Kevin Kemball, Millennium EMS Solutions Ltd.

Adaptive management plans for urban wetlands

Carly Silver, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

2:20 Mitigating water supply losses in natural wetlands within the Cornerstone Communities

Rick Carnduff, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Hydrodynamic modelling of an Edmonton stormwater pond

Mahyar Mehdizadeh, University of Alberta

3:00 Break
3:15 Evaluating water supply reliability from lakes using the water resources management model

Graham Waugh

3:55 Assessing cumulative effects of SAGD operations with a fully integrated model

Dirk Kassenaar, Earthfx Inc.

4:35 End of Conference