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2012 Watershed Symposium—
What are the challenges for water resource management?

The UT faculty associated with the Interdisciplinary Watershed Minor program sponsored a Watershed Symposium on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Hollingsworth Auditorium on the Ag (West) Campus of UT. This Symposium was supported by the participating colleges (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Law), and co-hosted by the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TN WRRC). The goals of the Symposium was to introduce students to studies associated with watersheds while providing an opportunity for interactions between academics and professionals working with watersheds.


The Symposium presenters are listed below, with a link to a PDF file of their PowerPoint presentations (if available).

Student Technical Presentations - Moderator: Carol Harden, Ph.D., Professor, UT Geography
Robby Woockman, UT CEE An exploration of biotic response to turbid events in TN streams
Robert Hunter, UT EPS Measuring microbial and nutrient-related impacts of dairy operations on streams and groundwater at a university dairy research center
Kelsey Hensley, UT BESS Streambank mapping Driftwood River to identify areas of erodibility
Patrick McMahon, UT CEE Bedload sediment transport in a southern Appalachian stream
picture of David Feldman KEYNOTE ADDRESS

by David Feldman, Ph.D.,
Professor of Planning, Policy, & Design and Professor of Political Science, University of California at Irvine

What are the emerging challenges for water resource management?

picture of Bob Hunter and John Schwartz
Presentation of Student Awards

Student Technical Presenter Award Winner: Robert Hunter, Graduate Student, UT Earth & Planetary Sciences; Presentation Title: Measuring microbial and nutrient-related impacts of dairy operations on streams and groundwater at a university dairy research center (pictured at left with Dr. John Schwartz)

Student Poster Award Winner: Julie McKnight, Graduate Student, UT Geography; Poster Title: Water-Energy Trade-Offs in the Tennessee Valley (see abstract)

Technical Presentations - Moderator: John Buchanan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UT BESS
David Blackwood, West TN River Basin Authority Restoration projects in West Tennessee
Forbes Walker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UT BESS UT Extension experiences with watershed management in East Tennessee
Patrice Cole, Ph.D., Consultant Building institutional capacity to reduce water quality impacts of traditional land uses
Karina Bynum, TDEC Water Resources Urban watershed management
Liem Tran, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UT Geography Effect of land use on mean annual streamflow at regional scale
Dennis Gregg, Obed Watershed Community Association Moving from monitoring and assessment to restoration - a citizen approach
Valerie Friedmann, Lecturer, UT Architecture Water quality in Knoxville MSA: Inventory, analysis, and recommendations
Wyn Miller, UT Landscape Architecture Regenerative rainwater harvesting in Southern Haiti
picture of discussion panel PANEL DISCUSSION

What do you see as the future challenges with water resources?
Leader: David Feldman
Panelists: Chris Granju, Knox County, TN Stormwater Association; Kim Raia, Little River Watershed Association; Paul Schmierbach, TDEC; Larry McKay, Ph.D., Professor, UT EPS