Stu Hamilton and Bruno Tassone with others.

Stu Hamilton, Vic Neimela, Bruno Tassone, Gord Tofte, and Lynne Campo at Bruno’s Retirement Lunch … this small group has over 178 years of hydrometric program management experience spanning more than half a century.

I recently had the pleasure of joining my colleagues, young and old, to congratulate Bruno Tassone on his retirement after 35 years of service to the Water Survey of Canada. Had Bruno been a structural engineer, we would have been able to point to a legacy of concrete and steel.

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A hydrologist in India.

I have just returned from a trip to India where I provided training to a group of hydrologists and water resource managers from the United Nations and from the Afghanistan Ministry of Energy and Water. This trip was enlightening, challenging, and perspective changing. I always thought of my work in the Arctic with Water Survey of Canada as some of the most challenging field work there was. The...

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Monty Alford and two friends on his 90th birthday.

Photo: Monty Alford (middle) celebrating his 90th birthday with two of my predecessors. Alex Van Bibber (left) is now 97 years old and assisted Monty for almost 30 years of hydrometric surveys before I was hired. Vic Ponisch (right) also assisted Monty during that era. Tomorrow marks the 90th birthday of my first supervisor at the Water Survey of Canada. Monty Alford hired me in 1978...

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“Annual data doesn’t help Saskatchewan or Winnipeg when there’s a flood event happening— we need to provide data to our customers instantaneously.” —AJ Leitch Policies that protect our water are borne, in part, of good water monitoring. The process generally involves visiting a monitoring site once or twice a year, collecting the data from the sensors, and returning to the lab to analyze it, generate a report,...

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