The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TN WRRC) 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. TN WRRC is housed within the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
USEPA Catalog of Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Finance Publications—With funding from the USEPA, the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill is investigating innovative financing approaches for stormwater and green infrastructure. A first step has been to catalog some of the existing publications in this area that have information on project financing. This MS Excel table is a catalog of forty-six (46) publications on green infrastructure for storm-water management that have financial relevance. A user can filter and sort the table according to location and audience, as well as several other criteria.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) worked with the Environmental Finance Center at UNC Chapel Hill to advance energy efficiency at water and wastewater treatment facilities. This work was highlighted as a “Best Practice” in the USEPA Office of Water's “National Water Program Best Practices and End of Year Performance Report – FY2013,” released March 2014. View the full report here or read a short two page summary.
Bruce Tschantz (Senior Research Associate) was invited to Johnstown, Pennsylvania on May 31, 2014, to give a keynote talk to help commemorate the 125th anniversary of the 1889 Great Johnstown Flood disaster and to celebrate Dam Safety Awareness Day as a reminder to dam owners and operators of their responsibility to keep their dams safe. [Read more]
Kentucky/Tennessee Water Professionals Conference—July 20-23, 2014, Chattanooga, TN
Permanent Stormwater Ordinance Workshop—July 17, 2014, 10:00 am-2:30 pm, Jackson, TN; July 24, 2014, 10:00 am-2:30 pm, Knoxville, TN
Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference—August 18-19, 2014, Charlotte, NC; the EPA Region 4 and the Southeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One are hosting this inaugural Conference.
2014 Water Education Summit: Think Globally – Act Locally—September 8-10, 2014, Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, NC. The 2014 Water Education Summit will focus on water resource challenges and ways to make a difference at the local level. This is your opportunity to network with and learn from leading educators working to improve several aspects of water resources protection and management. Topics of discussion will include climate change, water resources management, ecosystem restoration and preservation, watershed planning, and educational programs for elected officials and decision-makers. Presentations, discussions, workshops, and tours will emphasize innovative approaches for using information, technology transfer, and hands-on learning experiences to change behaviors and inspire water stewardship locally. Registration is open.
The Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (TNEPSC) is a series of certification and training programs for construction site personnel.
EPA Region 4’s Rain Catcher Award— USEPA's Southeast Region announces the first annual Rain Catcher Awards for excellence in implementation of a stormwater green infrastructure project. Nominations will be accepted in four categories: Municipal, Commercial, Tribal, and Neighborhood/Community levels. Winners will be announced at the joint International Erosion Control Association Region 1 and EPA, Region 4 Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 19, 2014. Deadlines: June 30, 2014-competition opens; July 31, 2014-deadline for submissions; August 8, 2014-winner notification; August 19, 2014-Award Ceremony at IECA/EPA Conference in Charlotte, NC. See the link above for the full announcement and nomination form.
Pre-Proposals to Fund Research that Could Fundamentally Transform Wastewater and Stormwater Management—The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) seeks pre-proposals of not more than five (5) pages in length for WERF’s 2014 Unsolicited Research Program. Proposers are invited to submit on topics consistent with WERF’s mission, that is, to advance science and technology addressing water issues as they impact water resources, the atmosphere, the land, and quality of life. Pre-Proposal packages must be received no later than 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (FYI: This is a contract, not a grant.)
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