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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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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Happy 2015 World Water Day! To celebrate World Water Day this year, Aquatic Informatics launched the inaugural 2015 AQUARIUS Impact Awards. What better day to celebrate the outstanding work our customers do every day in managing and protecting the world’s most precious resources - water! This year on World Water Day the focus is "Water & Sustainable Development." We all know that our global water cycle...

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