An illustration of an hydrometric savant.

Imagine, for a minute, your stereotype of a person of learning; especially one with detailed knowledge in some specialized field of science. I expect the person filling your mind’s eye is not a ruddy-faced bloke with a substantial belly and a thick Queenslander accent wearing shorts and R.M.Williams boots. Appearances are deceiving. I first met Ray ‘Rainman’ Maynard in Nelson, New Zealand....

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Illustration of international rating curve standards.

Stage-discharge rating curves define a unique relation between water level and discharge, enabling continuous derivation of streamflow from water level record. This is important because water level (which is relatively easy to monitor) is only locally relevant whereas discharge (which is relatively difficult to measure directly) is the integral of all runoff processes upstream of the gauge. The vast majority of all streamflow data that...

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Beaver in the grass.

Canada was built on the back of beavers but — much to the chagrin of stream gaugers ever since — beavers managed to outlive the fashion of top hats. After the end of the fur trade, beavers started to re-populate the north with impunity. Anyone unlucky enough to have the responsibility of stream gauging on a beaver infested stream knows how difficult it is to produce...

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Ripples in water from a water drop.

Those who work closely with data recognize the value of incremental investment in data quality; however, there is despair that this value can be quantized in terms that are meaningful to the bean-counters who control and allocate funding for monitoring programs. The discussion prompted by 'Economics of Data Quality' remind me of aspects of the novel 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' by Robert...

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A photo of the Duke Energy Centre.

Day 2 of the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference in Cincinnati, OH was an interesting day of presentations. The rest of the week appears to be just as fascinating. It has been great reconnecting with old peers, making new connections, and listening to the presentations on some very thought-provoking projects. The passion for water resources expressed by this year’s attendees inspires me, and I think...

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