NRCan 3rd National Workshop on Groundwater

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Where: 11, rue Laurier, Gatineau, Québec, J8X 4A6 (Place du Portage Phase III (Tower C) -room I-514)
Date: November 6-7, 2014

Meeting Objectives

  • Re-affirm our long lasting collaboration in the field of groundwater science.
  • Discuss common opportunities for collaboration and priorities for medium-term planning.
  • Obtain jurisdictional input to guide strategic planning of the NRCan groundwater geoscience program.


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Day 1 November 6, 2014

Goal for the Day: Groundwater science responsibilities that lead to collaboration:
Taking stock of the past and present to build the way forward

8:00 amRegistration (hot and cold beverages and snacks provided)
8:30 amWelcome, introduction and expectationsDonna Kirkwood & Yves Michaud
The Past
9:00 amIntroductionHazen Russell
9:05 amFederal Mandate on Groundwater Andrée Bolduc
9:15 amPerspectives on Groundwater since the Canadian Framework for Collaboration Alfonso Rivera
9:30 amESS (GSC/CCMEO) Aquifer studiesHazen Russell
9:45 amQ’s & A’sFacilitated
9:55 am Break (hot and cold beverages provided)
10:05 amProvincial Overview Steve Holysh
10:20 amAlberta: Water for Life Overview Dan Palombi & Steve Wallace
10:35 amQuébec: PACES (Programme d’acquisition de connaissance sur les eaux souterraines) Diane Myrand
10:50 amOntario: Clean Water Act and Source Protection Program Overview
The Ontario Geological Survey’s Groundwater Initiative
Scott Bates & Kathryn Baker
Andy Bajc
11:15 amBritish Columbia: Water Sustainability Act Mike Wei
11:30 amInteractive Q’s & A’s sessionFacilitated
11:40 am Lunch (not provided)
Emerging Thematic Groundwater Science Hazen Russel
1:00 pmTable discussion with plenaryFacilitated
2:00 pm Break (hot and cold beverages provided) & Voting on Topics for Discussion on Friday
Present Groundwater Knowledge Delivery Boyan Brodaric
2:20 pmIntroductionBoyan Brodaric
2:30 pmU.S. National GW Monitoring Network Bill Cunningham
2:50 pmCanadian Groundwater Information Network (GIN) Boyan Brodaric
3:10 pmA Provincial Perspective on Managing and Disseminating Data Gavin Kennedy
3:30 pmInteractive Discussion: Towards a Better ToolFacilitated
4:25 pmWrap-up for the DayAndrée Bolduc

Day 2 November 7, 2014

Goal for the day: Confirm Canada’s top priorities of national interest and ways to enhance collaborative work.

8:00 amRegistration (hot and cold beverages and snacks provided)
8:15 amWelcome, Report on progress and Key Messages from ThursdayAndrée Bolduc & and Yves Michaud
Future - Canadian Groundwater Availability and Accounting
8:40 amIntroductionAlfonso Rivera
8:50 amU.S. Water CensusKevin Dennehy
9:15 amApproaches and Methods for National Groundwater Evaluation and AccountingAlfonso Rivera
9:40 am Break (hot and cold beverages provided)
Future: Collaborative work on priorities of national interest Alfonso Rivera
10:00 amTable Discussion (top issues from Thursday)Facilitated
11:00 amResults of PlenaryFacilitated
11:30 amWrap - up for the WorkshopDonna Kirkwood