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Water is a singular noun in every language that I know of. There is just one water. There are many containers for water such as the atmosphere, rivers, lakes, aquifers, glaciers, oceans, pipes and toilet bowls but there is just one water occupying all of those containers. Water is essential for life, yet there is just one water. ...

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Group of Water Survey Canada hydrologists in the 1970s.

Photo: Lynne Campo, 2nd row, fourth from the left, shown in a group photo taken sometime in the 1970's. The Water Survey of Canada has under-gone a lot of change (including gender distribution!) since that time. Lynne has been the pioneer of much of that change. I have had the great pleasure of several decades of overlap of my career with that of Lynne Campo who...

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Stu Hamilton in a kayak on a Yukon river.

There’s a certain amount of comfort in knowing that tomorrow will be familiar. Familiar routines, familiar opportunities and familiar challenges are all welcome because the only alternative, creating new experiences, is unpredictable. People are risk-averse and we like predictability. This is true whether we are a hydrometric agency needing to modernize or an individual embarking on a new adventure. I make this comparison because I see...

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Graphic depicting the 4 products of Aquatic Informatics.

This week, Aquatic Informatics welcomed Tokay Software to our growing family of digital water solutions, joining recent arrivals Linko and WaterTrax. Read: Aquatic Informatics Expands Municipal Digital Water Portfolio  A proven leader in backflow prevention and cross-connection control management, Tokay is a natural extension of our platform. For our team, this partnership represents another critical step toward our mission – to protect life by providing open and timely...

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Last year, we celebrated International Women’s Day by kicking off our first ever “Women in Water” feature with a highly popular blog series showcasing the achievements of women working in the water industry. This year, we thought we’d continue the tradition by rallying around the official theme of International Women’s Day 2019, #BalanceforBetter....

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I am very happy to announce that the paper: The Role of the Hydrographer in Rating Curve Development has now been published in Confluence: Journal of Watershed Science and Management. Marianne Watson, Robin Pike, and I all learned a lot from each other in the process of writing this paper, resulting in a product that is greater than the sum of the inputs....

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Laboratory analysis of a water quality sample links a lot of data to a singular point in time and space. However, the objectives for monitoring may span scales from point (e.g. at an outfall) to watershed (e.g. to characterize waters; identify trends; assess threats; inform pollution control; guide environmental emergency response; and support the development, implementation, and assessment of policies and regulations)....

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Evidence-based decision-making is a useful framework for the development of policies and practices to ensure water security, ecosystem resilience, and productive societies. The term “evidence-based” is gradually yielding to the term “data-driven” as focus shifts from specified data (i.e. fit-for purpose) to data discovery (i.e. big data) as the source of evidence....

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