A photo of working with a stream velocity rod.

There are several highly sophisticated technologies available for measuring streamflow. However, no amount of electronic wizardry will guarantee that you come home with a good discharge measurement. There are many things that can wrong such as with the electrical power or electronic communication between the system components. In the event as an electronic failure you are screwed because these devices are so expensive that no...

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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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Peyto Lake in Banff.

The NASH symposium this year was held at the joint CWRA/CGU national convention in Banff, Alberta. This was the first joint convention between the Canadian Geophysical Union - the home of Canadian research hydrologists - and Canadian Water Resources Association - the home of Canadian water resources engineering practitioners. There has always been a big gap between research and practice in hydrology. Practitioners need to be...

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