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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Monkey eating a banana.

The rejuvenation of the hydrometric workforce is apparent everywhere I look. The bi-modal demographic of pre-retirees and new recruits is rapidly changing to a positive-skew, long tail, age distribution. This is both exciting and worrisome. The long tail of experienced veterans is continually getting shorter. What is left is a cadre of (mostly) young, very smart, capable, well-educated and enthusiastic stream hydrographers. This transition is very timely...

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