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Ducks on an algae-covered pond.

The theme of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) 2015 conference in Winnipeg this year was “More Extremes? Preparing for future challenges to Canada’s water resources.” Fittingly, the North American Stream Hydrographers (NASH) held 3 sessions that were dominated by discussions of how to resolve several of the daunting challenges inherent in measuring water. All of the other sessions – whether talking about water quality; policy, planning...

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Dillbert Comic.

It’s all over the news these days: Agile this, Lean that. It seems like another round of business process lingo is having its day in the sun. Remember "Synergies" anyone? But maybe this time there’s really something to it. In fact the whole Agile fad started in the software industry and we software types think it’s a pretty big deal. We’ve been transforming the way we build our products at Aquatic...

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Laptop with Data Spreadsheet.

This week, I’m delighted to announce the release of AQUARIUS Time-Series 3.9, which features a wide array of water monitoring industry report templates and an enhanced reporting engine for customized reporting. The new report templates offer flexibility to build and save an unlimited number of customized reports, enabling users to quickly and efficiently derive environmental intelligence from their vast water, meteorological, and other environmental data sets. Flexible...

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An illustration of drain pipe pollution.

How is it that a benign, renewable resource like water could result in as much hardship and suffering as water does? Water, like air, is a common-pool resource. Without water you will die in days; without air you will die in minutes. Both air and water vary in quality and the temporal and spatial distribution of differences in quality has a big impact on the suitability of...

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William Shatner hugging a globe.

William Shatner has recently started a kickstarter campaign to save California. He proposes that by raising US $30,000,000,000, a pipeline could be built to transport water to California from Seattle, Washington. Shatner, most famously known for boldly going where no man has gone before, is neither being particularly bold, nor is his proposed enterprise going anywhere new. Continental-scale, inter-basin water transfer schemes have been around for...

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Stage vs. discharge plot.

A recommended read for anyone interested in uncertainty is Keith Beven's (2015) 'Facets of uncertainty: epistemic uncertainty, non-stationarity, likelihood, hypothesis testing, and communication,' (Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2015.1031761). There are many points that Keith Beven makes that I strongly agree with, but today I would like to focus on one question he uses as a section heading: "Can we talk of confidence rather than uncertainty...

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Top Employer Award.

On the heels of receiving an EBJ Business Achievement Award, I’m excited to share that Aquatic Informatics was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2014 and 2015! Now entering its 2nd year, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers is a national Mediacorp competition that recognizes the small and medium enterprises that offer the best workplaces and forward-thinking employee programs. If you ask our team what it means to work here, you’ll hear shout-outs for our incredible passion, collaborative atmosphere, and great work environment.

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