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The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) is a federally designated state research institute supported in part by the U.S. Geological Survey. It serves as a primary link among water-resource experts in academia, government, and the private sector, and the diversity of its staff in terms of background and expertise enhances flexibility and positions the Center to establish productive partnerships. TNWRRC is housed within the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



orange bullet Four students in the UT School of Landscape Architecture earned a top national award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for their publication, HydroLIT, Southeast Tennessee Water Quality Playbook. HydroLIT (short for hydrologic literacy) is a 213-page manual that proposes innovative strategies for improved water quality in the southeast Tennessee region.

orange bullet TNWRRC researcher Jon Hathaway (an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UT) is an expert in flooding, water runoff, and urban water issues. He provides some information about the issues facing Texas and Louisiana when floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey begin to recede.

orange bullet TNWRRC staff played a major role in the Harrell Road Stormwater Park Development. Read about the new park in the Tennessee Stormwater Association News & Information on page three.

orange bullet TNWRRC and local partners sponsor community outreach events throughout the year. Read about their 2016-17 activities.

orange bullet Read about the 2016-17 TNWRRC Adopt-A-Watershed program and read local news articles on the activities.

orange bullet The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center and the Town of Farragut are working together to identify, locate, and assess the different stormwater structures that are owned by the Town. [Read more here]

orange bullet Career Magnet Academy high school students participating in the Adopt-A-Watershed Program submitted award-winning entries to the 2017 Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF). [Read more here]

orange bullet TNWRRC's Roy Arthur was instrumental in the development of the Knox County Harrell Road Stormwater BMP Demonstration Park.

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Wilson, Christopher G., Kenneth M. Wacha, A.N. (Thanos) Papanicolaou, Heather A. Sander, Violet B. Freudenberg, Benjamin K.B. Abban, and Chang Zhao. 2016. Dynamic assessment of current management in an intensively managed agroecosystem. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 158: 148-171.

orange bullet Read the TNWRRC 2015-16 Annual Technical Report to USGS.

orange bullet The UTK Hydraulics & Sedimentation Lab (HSL) is featured in the journal Hydrolink (2016, Issue 1), published by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, as one of the top hydraulics labs around the world. Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, heads the HSL. Read the article here.

orange bullet NSF's ScienceNation online magazine (dated March 21, 2016), features TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou's involovement with the NSF Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory. Read the story: Critical Zone Observatories help U.S. plan for the future.

Call for Pre-Proposals

Each year, the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) funds projects through the US Geological Survey’s 104B program as instituted by the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. The application requirements for fiscal year 2018 are contained in this document. The project period for FY2018 is from March 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. Pre-proposals are due October 12, 2017 and final proposals are due December 21, 2017.

Other Activities

Watch the video or view the Powerpoint presentations of a TNWRRC-sponsored webinar held July 24, 2017—Exploring Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances for Tennessee: Design, Installation and Performance Evaluation

Read the TNWRRC Spring 2017 email newsletter.

Read about the Water Center's 2016-17 outreach activities here.

Conferences & Calls

orange bullet CALL FOR ABSTRACTS—2017 Tennessee Stormwater Association Annual Conference, "Streaming Together," October 17-19, 2017, Fall Creek Falls, Pikeville, TN. Please complete the presentation application form and email to Applications must be received no later than June 1, 2017 to be considered.

orange bullet The Southeast Stormwater Association's (SeSwA) Regional Stormwater Conference will be held October 11-13, 2017 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Submit a presentation!

orange bullet NALMS 2017 Call for Abstracts—The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) encourages you to submit your abstracts for the 37th International Symposium to be held in Denver, Colorado from November 6–9, 2017.