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various pictures from WRRC projects

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 USGS preproposals for their 104g grant program are due February 15, 2017. Access the RFP here.

orange bullet "U.S. governors send 428-project list for Trump’s infrastructure plan" is the top story in AI Weekly (by American Infrastructure).

orange bullet Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a honor that is bestowed on only 1.2% of ASCE members.

orange bullet Read the December 2016 Media Advisory issued by the US Department of the Interior on Water Conservation and Management Priorities and Accomplishments.

orange bullet Dr. Bruce Tschantz, TNWRRC Senior Researcher, was recently honored in Philadelphia at the national ASDSO dam safety conference with a National Merit Award for his life-long contributions to dam safety. Bruce has led efforts to improve US dam safety since the 1970's, following the failure of the Teton Dam, when he was asked by President Carter to coordinate development of federal dam safety guidelines.

orange bullet TNWRRC affiliate faculty and professor, Tennessee Tech University’s Alfred Kalyanapu, has utilized sonar technology to map the bed bathymetry of the Obion river. The field survey included students from Tennessee Tech and it was one full field day. The Tennessee Tech team works with Forbes Walker and TNWRRC director, Thanos Papanicolaou, to address water availability issues as part of a USDA funded research. This research is led by UT extension, and UTIA is a central part. Here are links to the videos made using Sonar. The first one is a trailer of a recent class trip. The second on is a class project where Hydrology students used Sonar for City Lake, and the third link is a collage of our recent class trip.

orange bullet TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou receives national attention in the August 2016 edition of the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, which published a research paper that identifies new dynamic indices for soil quality. Read more here.

orange bullet The 2016-17 Adopt-A-Watershed Program is up and running! [Read more here]

orange bullet The Tennessee Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2016 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The report includes an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, inland waterways, parks, roads, schools, transit, and wastewater.

Upcoming Events

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 CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS—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! Presentation submission forms must be received no later than March 10, 2017. Presenters of accepted presentations will receive a discounted conference registration rate!

orange bullet TNWRRC is co-sponsoring the 10th anniversary Halls Outdoor Classroom Celebration on April 20, 2017 from 6:00-8:30pm behind Halls High School. Come join the fun!!

orange bullet The 2017 SEC Academic Conference, "The Future of Water: Regional Collaboration on Shared Climate, Coastlines, and Watersheds," will be held March 27-28, 2017 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. This conference is designed to stimulate communication and collaboration toward sustainable and resilient water resource management in the Southeast. It will cover four overarching themes 1) shared inland waters and aquifers, 2) shared coastlines, 3) shared climate, and 4) regional policy. Water Resource Research Institutes in the southeast will hold a breakout panel on the second day to discuss establishing a Southeast Water Research Institute Forum to address multi-state and regional water resources priorities.

orange bullet The fourth annual Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, hosted by the EPA Region 4 and the Southeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Charleston, SC, May 15-17, 2017.

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. Abstracts are due by May 31, 2017.

orange bullet The 2017 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference will be held June 13-15 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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.