Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, 2004:
The 2004 CAWRA annual meeting was held on 5 pm, June 28, 2004 at The Grand America Hotel during the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress of ASCE 2004 Conference. Approximately 23 people, from Canada,Singapore, Taiwan and US were present. Later we learned that speakers from China would attend if they had their visa approval in time. Among the meeting participants, four were current graduate students at the Taiwan University who also had papers to be present in the conference; welcome!
Highlights of the meeting:
T-Shirt sell: Dr. Cheng Yuan initiated a T-shirt sell this year. It is a white T-shirt with the CAWRA logo. There is only one-size-extra large. "You get more for the money", Dr. Cheng said. The money collected goes to CAWRA fund! Dr. Cheng envisions several CAWRA sponsored activities could be realized when funding becomes available. For example, to partially support a student member to prepare and attend a CAWRA poster in the conference (where CAWRA annual meeting holds).
Discussion: The around-the-room discussions covered water resource
issues in Canada, mainland China, Taiwan, and US. Having participants with knowledge about water resources topics in different geographic regions and with diverse expertises, various interesting discussions and exchange were initiated. Some of the topics included: Prof. Shaw-Lei Yu (BMP), Prof. William Yeh (water resources management), Prof. Jan-Tai Kuo (water resources development in Taiwan), Prof. Qizhong Guo (water issues in TianJin), Dr. She Nian (economic needs vs. environmental concerns), Prof. Yee-chung Jin and Prof. Yiping Guo (water resources development and education in Canada)....innovative water pollutant removal...Discussions by Dr. Weiming Wu, Dr. Xiaobo Chao, Prof. Ximing Cai, Dr. Yanqing Lian.... Almost everybody participated in the discussion.
Service Award: The service award, started this year, was presented to Dr. Cheng Yuan, Prof. George Leung, Prof. Sam Wang, and Dr. Yichun Xu. David Soong explained that the selection was based on his experience and for the efforts concluded in the past year only. Although some members might have been missed in this year's preparation, David Soong considers it is important to start the award to let members know that CAWRA appreciate the efforts they put in and their services are important to the CAWRA members. The awards will continue and will be better prepared, and we hope more members will receive the awards next year.
Announcements: David Soong described the need to establish talent pool and web library for benefiting communication among members and for others to look up information on specific water resources topics. The need was more obvious especially after discussing the issues and needs in different geographic regions. However, no information was collected at present. He asked members to provide itemized information on (name, affiliation, contact information, expertise (subjects or geographic regions)) to get a database started. If you can provide the information now please do so by emailing the data to email@example.com.
Special notes: The special session on "Water Resources Development in Mainland China and Taiwan" went well, judging from the discussions generated after both sessions. Thanks to all speakers and participants for their discussions, to Prof. James Guo, Prof. Jan-Tai Kuo, and Prof. Wang Lianxiang for organizing the sessions, and to Dr. Cheng Yuan, Dr. Yanqing Lian, and Dr. She Nian for serving as moderators of the sessions. Summary of the sessions will be provided later in the newsletter. With the interests generated this time, it is suggested to continue the special sessions next year. However, improvements can be made in various areas including topics and format and others. Also this year's session were in the same time slots with Prof. Shaw-Lei Yu's BMP sessions. The first thing for a better preparations will be to have a proposal ready.
If you have suggestions on topics or others for next year's session, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, one potential topic can be the recent climate anomaly that created disasters in Taiwan and Mainland China (Mandulli Typhoon in Taiwan and Dujuanhwa (Azalea) in China). Other suggestions are welcome.
It was a memorable and joyful time. Please view the following photographs. You may recognize some of professors, professional engineers, researchers, and friends. We all came from different global regions and made new friends in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(Professor LianXiang Wang (3rd from left, front), leader of the delegation from China; Dr. David Soong (1st left front), CAWRA President; and other experts, professors, professional engineers, researchers, and scholars. )
(Professor Jan-Tai Kuo (2nd from right) and Professor Nien-Sheng Hsu (4th from right) and graduate students of National Taiwan University, and Dr. Yuan Cheng (1st from left))
Sessions on Water Resources Development and Challenges in Geographic Regions of China , 2004 EWRI Annual Conference
The subject sessions were held from 1:30 to 3:00 pm and from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on June 20 at Venezia Room, the Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah, during the World Water & Environmental Resources Congress 2004. 10 scholars from China and Taiwan area presented their work/experience on contemporary water resources. Drs. James Guo and David Soong organized the sessions and Drs. Yuan Cheng; Yanqing Lian, and Nian She moderated the sessions.
Jan-Tai Kuo, National Taiwan University; Water Resources Development and Management in Taiwan. (invited)
LianxXang Wang, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research; Brief Introduction of South-to-North Water Transfer. (invited)
Jiren Liu, Center for Remote Sensing Technology and Application, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research; Application of Remote Sensing to Water Resources in Arid Regions of China.
Guibao Li, Department of Environment and Water Resources Engineering, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research; Water Resources Quality and Research Progress in China.
Xiangming Zhan, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research; Development and Utilization of Water Resources in Northern China.
Ching-Gung Wen, National Cheng Kung University; Pollution and Water Quality Evaluation for Tseng-Wen Reservoir.
Xiaohong Chen, Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Zhung-Shan University; Spatial Variability of Water Levels in River Network of the Pearl River Delta.
Shi-feng Huang, Minister of Water Resources; Primary Ecological Effect Analysis of Emergent Water Transportation in the Lower Reaches of Tarim River Based on Remote Sensing Technology.
Ximin Yuan, Flood Control, Drought Disaster Reduction, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research; Application of Improved Artificial Neural Network in Runoff Forecast during Non-flood Season on Upper Yellow River.
Chun-Lin Zhang, Department of Water Resources, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research; The Discussion on Compensation for Water Resources Restoration.
During the sessions, the moderators asked audiences to hold their questions until all speakers presented their talks; and asked each speaker to discuss their ideas within a 15-minute time frame. The format worked well and the allocated 15-minute discussion time was not enough for either session. Discussions had continued through the intermissions. It is apparent that the special sessions provided opportunities for communicating the water resources issues among scientists from the US and both sides of Taiwan Strait and for promoting further collaborations. The special sessions could have accomplished more functions if we had planned better. But clearly there is willingness from all participants to continue such interactions in the future. A special session has been proposed for the 2005 EWRI Conference. We will provide updated information once its available.