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.
TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou has been selected by the COPRI/EWRI Einstein Committee to receive the 2018 Hans Albert Einstein Award “for connecting upland erosion to in-stream transport and geomorphology; new theories on source provenance and connectivity predicting stochastic transport, bedload turbulent interactions, cohesive sediments, and sensor technology for prediction of movement.” Congrats to Dr. Papanicolaou!
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has appointed a steering committee to help develop a state water plan for future water availability. [Read More Here]
TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou and his team are conducting experiments to investigate how past, present, and future human activities and climate affect the health of soil. [Read More Here]
Read about the 2017 UT Watershed Symposium held Sept. 26 with support from TNWRRC and ISSE.
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.
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.
TNWRRC and local partners sponsor community outreach events throughout the year. Read about their 2016-17 activities.
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]
Publications & Presentations
Erin Arcipowski, John Schwartz, Lisa Davenport, Meghan Hayes, and Tracy Nolan. 2017. Clean Water, Clean Life: Promoting Healthier, Accessible Water in Rural Appalachia. Universities Council on Water Resources, Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 161: 1-18.
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.
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.
USGS Call for Pre-Proposals
USGS announces its FY2018 104g National Competitive Grants RFP. The process is similar to last year with a round of pre-proposals and an invite of 30 full proposals. As with the 104b application, the PI will have to include a "Data Management Plan" with the full proposal. No "Data Management Plan" is needed for the pre-proposals. Similar to last year, the TNWRRC will gather the pre-proposals from academic institutions in Tennessee. The pre-proposals are due by 5:00 pm (eastern) 15 February 2018. Questions and pre-proposal submissions should be directed to Tim Gangaware at TNWRRC.
The University of Illinois Extension is presenting a Soil and Water Management Webinar on February 20, 2018 from 9am-2:30pm. TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou will make a presentation. Registrations must be received by February 19.
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
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS—Global Water Security Conference for Agriculture and Natural Resources, October 3-6, 2018 in Hyderabad, India. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2018.
2018 Tennessee Stormwater Association Annual Conference, October 15-17, 2018, Fall Creek Falls, Pikeville, TN.