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CWRA celebrates World Water Day and Canada Water Week


March 18, 2015
By Ground Water Canada

March 18, 2015, Lethbridge, Alta. – The
Canadian Water Resources Association is strongly encouraging Canadians
to recognize and celebrate World Water Day on March 22.

March 18, 2015, Lethbridge, Alta. – The
Canadian Water Resources Association is strongly encouraging Canadians
to recognize and celebrate World Water Day on March 22. 

This year’s theme is Water and Sustainable Development to highlight water’s role in the
sustainable development agenda. World
Water day takes place during Canada Water Week, which runs from March 16 to 22 and
provides us with an opportunity to raise the profile and understanding for the
need to practice sound water management practices, the CWRA said in a news release.

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This year’s theme of Water and Sustainable Development
reinforces that message.  2015 also marks
the 10th year of the United Nation’s Water for Life Decade.  The
primary goal of the decade is to promote various efforts in support of
international commitments made on water and water related issues. 

“CWRA sees World Water Day and Canada Water Week as
important initiatives that promote wise water use in Canada and throughout
the world,” noted CWRA president Ute Holweger, in the release.
“These designated events also remind us of the need to manage water in a
sustainable manner not only on special occasions but on an ongoing basis in
order for us to be able to sustain ecosystem functions, as well as, current and
future generations.”

During Canada Water Week,
the CWRA is hosting or co-hosting a series of events in cities across Canada
including Vancouver, Saskatoon and Toronto:

Thursday, March 19 – Ontario Branch is hosting its 4th Annual World Water
Day panel discussion at 6 p.m. at the Canadian Textile Museum in Toronto. Speakers include Lisa Prime (Director of Environment and Innovation, Waterfront
Toronto), Ryan Ness (Senior Manager Research and Development, Toronto and
Region Conservation Authority), and Derek R. Gray (Acting Associate Director,
Environment and Aviation Infrastructure, Toronto Pearson International
Airport).  Mark Mattson, Founder and
President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Dan Pujdak, Intergovernmental Affairs
Senior Policy Advisor, Chiefs of Ontario. For further information
contact Meg Olsen at olson.meg@gmail.com.

Friday,
March 20 – Saskatchewan Branch is partnering with The Global Institute for
Water Security (CIWS) to host the Water Leaders Lecture Series at 1:30 p.m. at
the Diefenbaker Canada Centre with Keynote Speaker: John Giesy, Canada Research
Chair Environmental Toxicology and winner, Water Security Research Excellence
Award. This event will be followed by a
Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Competition and a Wine and Cheese
Reception at 4:15 p.m. For further
information, contact kate.wilson@usask.ca .

Sunday,
March 22 – The British Columbia Student and Young Professional Chapter is
hosting the screening of the documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars, which has premiered at the
Vancouver International Film Festival and won the Audience Choice
award. This event will be held at
Stretch Yoga in Vancouver at 6:30 p.m. For further information, contact cwra.syp.van@gmail.com.

The CWRA is Canada’s
largest professional non-government organization dealing with water. This national organization is made up of water
resource professionals from the public, private and academic sectors who are
committed to raising public awareness of the value of water and to promoting
responsible and effective water resource management in Canada. We have branches in British Columbia,
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia
and Newfoundland & Labrador. To find out more about CWRA or your provincial
CWRA branch.