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 facilitates research at universities and colleges throughout the region; promotes education and training relevant to water-resources issues; and serves as an information clearinghouse for federal, state, and local government agencies that oversee water-related problems. It is housed within the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK).
News & Events:
SMART Center faculty secured a Green Infrastructure Grant for a constructed wetland and rain gardens on the UT campus in Knoxville! Click here for announcement of Green Infrastructure Grants Awardees. Funded by the TN Department of Conservation, Tennessee Valley Authority, and TN Department of Transportation and awarded through the TN Stormwater Association.
National Stormwater Calculator—This new calculator is designed for anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, homeowners, and others. It can help users decide which stormwater management practices to install, such as a rain garden or a green roof. The calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. You can download the Stormwater Calculator.
Hidden Rivers: A film about Biodiversity of SE Rivers—The rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachia are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and host globally unique groups of fish, amphibians, crayfish, mussels, and more…most of them virtually unseen and unknown to most Americans. If you can't see them, it's harder to preserve them! The goal of this film is to build more public awareness for the value of these waters, and a greater sense of pride in and protection of their beauty.
Reports & Publications:
EPA recently released a new technical report called “Case Studies Analyzing the Economic Benefits of Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure” that helps utilities, state and other municipal agencies, and other stormwater professionals understand the potential benefits of low impact development and green infrastructure (LID/GI) programs. The objective of the report is to highlight different evaluation methods that have been successfully applied and also to demonstrate cases where LID/GI projects and programs have been shown to be economically beneficial. Also, the intent of this document is to promote the use of LID/GI, where appropriate, to supplement grey stormwater infrastructure. The 142-page technical report is available on EPA’s Low Impact Development website.
Calls for Abstracts:
3rd Annual Watershed Symposium at UT, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, Hollingsworth Auditorium UT Institute of Agriculture Campus—This Symposium is supported by the participating colleges (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Law), and has the goal of introducing students to studies associated with watersheds while providing an opportunity for interactions between academics and professionals working with watersheds. Abstracts are due November 25th, 2013. There will be student awards: $100 for best presentation, and $75, $50, & $25 for best posters. Abstracts from faculty are encouraged so that we can learn from each other. Registration and Abstract Submission
CEER: Elevating the Science and Practice of Restoration, A Collaborative Effort of NCER and SER, July 28-August 1, 2014, Hilton Riverside, New Orleans, LA. Abstract deadline is January 10, 2014 .
Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control—A certification and Training Program for Construction Sites
Center for Watershed Solutions—CWS is a partnership initiative between UT-ISSE and the Cumberland River Compact.