Prairie Water Virtual APM 2022



Thanks to everyone who came to our 5th Annual Partners Meeting for the Prairie Water project!

For those who couldn't make it, you can watch the presentations from the research theme leads below, as well as access much of the meeting information, and recent research outputs.







This page serves as the homepage for the meeting. Below, you will find  a 'Primer for Discussions' document, meeting agenda ,and other information that gives an idea of where we are with the science. With the challenges we have all been experiencing meeting in person, the opportunity to engage with you virtually is more important to us than ever. 

For this year's APM, we want to set a strong foundation for expanding collaborations and parnershipsactivities. Our focus will be on starting conversations around how we can work together to put Prairie Water research products into the hands of water managers and users on the prairies. To help you come prepared with questions and discussion points, we have put together a short summary of the progress of the Prairie Water project and its three research teams. We have also included questions that we would like you to consider before coming to the APM.

We ask that you read the summary document and give thought to how Prairie Water research outputs does, does not, or might relate to your work. If you have the chance, we welcome some feedback before the meeting, which we will try to incorporate into the structure of the meeting.

If you would like more information on Prairie Water's research, we encourage you to look through some of the links below.

In order for us to do our work, we would like to acknowledge support from the Global Institute for Water Security and the Global Water Futures program. We encourage you to also check out their websites to learn about the many other ongoing water-related projects occurring within Canada and beyond.

We hope to see you on the 17th of February!


Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that we come together virtually from many lands and locations. The Prairie Water project is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this land and reaffirm our relationships with one another.

We acknowledge that our collaborators also come from Treaty 2, Treaty 4, and Treaty 7 Territories. We invite you to reflect on the history of the land in which you come from, our relationships, and shared responsibility.


Links to further information

Below are links to documents and videos illustrating some of Prairie Water's project progress, research outputs, and workshops. If you have any difficulty accessing any of these resources, please email

Collaboration and integration across Prairie Water teams

Baulch et al. 2021. A synthesis of science - findings of Canadian Prairie wetland drainage.

Wolfe et al. 2019. A watershed classification approach that looks beyond hydrology: application to a semi-arid, agricultural region in Canada


Water availability

Spence et al. 2021. Assessing thydrological sensitivity of grassland basins in the Canadian Prairies to climate using a basin-classification based virtual modelling approach

Manitoba Cooperator. Unique pothole landscape allows annual spring groundwater recharge on Prairies

Western Producer. Climate change may dry up potholes

Perra et al. 2021. Commingled fluids in abandoned boreholes: Proximity analysis of a hidden liability

Jellicoe et al. 2022. Changes in deep groundwater flow patterns related to oil and gas activities


Aquatic Ecosystem health

Mantyka-Pringle et al. 2019. Antagonistic, Synergistic and direct effects of land use and climate of Prairie wetland ecosystems

Malaj et al. 2020. Spatial distribution of agricultural pesticide use and presdicted wetland exposure in the Canadian Prairie Pothole Region

Malaj et al. 2020. Spatio-temporal patterns of crops and agrochemicals over 35 years

Malaj & Morrissey, 2022. Increased reliance on insecticide applications in Canada linked to simplified agricultural landscapes

McFarlan, 2021. Where's the P in prairie potholes? Identifying patterns of phosphorus accumulation in Canadian Prairie wetlands


Water Management Practices and Governance

Asare et al. 2022. Spatially explicit modelling of wetland conservation costs in Canadian agricultural landscapes.

Thapa, 2020. A collaborative approach for disaster risk reduction: mapping social learning with Mistawasis Nehiyawak

Duffy, 2021. Water Well Told: Storytelling in source water protection


Workshop presentations and reports

Prairie Hydrology Data Analysis Product - Report from Oct 13th 2021 workshop

Prairie Hydrology Data Analysis Product - Presentations from Oct 13th 2021 workshop

Prairie Hydrology Data Analysis Product - Executive Summary