The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) is a federally designated state research institute supported in part by the U.S. Geological Survey. The Center 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.
TNWRRC's Dr. Bruce Tschantz was invited to Washington, D.C. by Homeland Security and FEMA to present a historical perspective on the development of the 1979 Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety to the Joint Meeting of the Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS) and the National Dam Safety Review Board (NDSRB) held January 21, 2015. Tschantz, who coordinated federal and nonfederal dam safety policy and program efforts for the Carter Administration from 1977-80 following the 1976 failure of Teton Dam, challenged the federal agencies to consider several contemporary dam safety issues, including hydrofracturing effects, cyber terrorism/hacking, public safety around dams, coal combustion residual (CCR) impoundments, and risk-informed decision making (RIDM), as the Joint Committee begins to update the Guidelines that President Carter, in October 1979, directed 22 federal agencies to adopt and implement.
Agencies Announce $103,080 in Green Development Grants: Five innovative green infrastructure and low-impact development projects chosen—The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, today awarded $103,080 to five local governments to fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects beginning March 2015. The Green Development Grant Program provides funding through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities. The Green Development Grant recipients are Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability ($20,000), Johnson City ($25,000), City of Ducktown ($25,000), City of Lewisburg ($23,080), and City of Chattanooga ($10,000). Additional information is available here.
The Tennessee Stormwater Association is pleased to offer a workshop, Introduction to Karst Geology: Site Design Considerations and Green Infrastructure Implications, at the following two locations in Tennessee: Friday, March 27 in Lebanon and Friday, April 10 in Chattanooga.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: EPA Region 4 and IECA’s Southeast Chapter 2nd Annual MS4 Conference: Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, Holiday Inn Atlanta-Perimeter, Atlanta, Georgia. Deadline for abstracts is March 13, 2015. Presentations will inform and educate MS4 operators, consultants, contractors and others practicing in the discipline of stormwater management, stormwater quality and erosion and sediment control.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS—The Tennessee Stormwater Association's Annual Conference will be held at Falls Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, Tennessee, on October 20-22, 2015. This year’s theme is “Fall into Green.” Presentations should inspire and educate, provide realistic and cost-effective solutions to managing stormwater runoff, and use innovative approaches to meeting MS4 permit requirements. Please complete the Presentation Application Form. Applications must be received no later than May 1, 2015. For additional information or if you have questions please contact Jennifer Watson at email@example.com or Crystal Piper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: The 9th Stormwater Management symposium is being conducted by the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP) on October 14-15, 2015. The Symposium organizing committee is seeking presenters for the sessions. Interested authors are encouraged to submit a brief abstract of not more than 200 words by May 15, 2015. Electronic submittal is required. Symposium registration fees are reduced for the authors.
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The Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (TNEPSC) is a series of certification and training programs for construction site personnel.
The Tennessee Division of Water Resources is pleased to announce the availability of the Tennessee Permanent Stormwater Management and Design Guidance Manual, First Edition. The manual includes site design standards for stormwater runoff reduction management and is intended to be a resource to local permanent stormwater management programs.
The manual can be downloaded from our Permanent Stormwater Management Training website. Also available on the website are the Tennessee Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool (TNRRAT), TNRRAT tutorial videos, information on upcoming training courses, and other related stormwater resources. The website is best viewed using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 11 browsers. If you have any questions or comments, please email using the Permanent Stormwater Management Training website contact tab or by calling the Tennessee Stormwater hotline at 865 946-3009.
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