Western Canada Water Environment Association
Western Canada Water Environment Association is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the water environment in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories. We promote professional development of our members, dissemination of educational information to the public, and exchange/ advancement of science and technology related to protection of public health and the environment.
Water Environment Federation Now Offers Free Webcasts
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is pleased to announce a new webcast program that will provide free training to WEF members and the entire water profession. Featuring a range of timely topics, the monthly webcasts are made possible at no cost through the financial support of industry organizations and companies.
Traditionally hosting between two and four webcasts per month, WEF has historically charged for these events on a fee per site basis, generally $195 per site with unlimited attendees per site. As an added benefit for WEF members and the profession as a whole, this new program allows viewers to participate at no cost while increasing the visibility of the sponsors through the placement of company logos, ads and/or links during live and archived webcasts.
Each webcast features top experts in the field, detailed information from case studies, and the opportunity for participants to submit live questions through the system software. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) may also be earned on a case-by-case basis.
Click here for upcoming event and registration details.
World Water Monitoring Challenge Program Logs a Quarter-Million Visits to Waterways Worldwide in 2012
People on six continents engaged in hands-on water quality testing at
6,000 sites ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A total of 254,459 visits were made by people worldwide to their local streams, rivers, lakes and other water bodies as part of the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) in 2012, according to the
program's Year in Review report released this week by the Water
Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA).
As an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world, WWMC engages citizens in basic monitoring of their local water bodies. Although some participants acted as individuals, many took part with
schools, universities, civic, environmental, and faith-based groups. Data was reported from 66 countries, including the United States with 2,971
monitored sites, followed by Spain (1,320), Romania (176) and Canada (175).
Participants from Albania to Zimbabwe tested their local waterways for four key water quality indicators: dissolved oxygen (DO), pH (acidity),
temperature, and turbidity (clarity). Some groups also monitored for the presence of certain macroinvertebrates such as dragonflies, mayflies and
scuds. Samples were taken in a range of settings-agricultural, commercial, residential and industrial-on six continents. Throughout 2012, the program
distributed more than 12,000 WWMC monitoring kits worldwide.
WWMC grew out of the World Water Monitoring Day program in 2012. While an official "day" continues to be observed each year on September 18, the
broader "challenge" encourages people everywhere to test the quality of their waterways, share their findings and protect our most precious
resource. Participants can monitor and report data to the WWMC database anytime from March 22 (World Water Day) until December 31.
For information on participating in Western Canada, contact the WCWEA office