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 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]
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.
Search for TNWRRC Director
The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) is searching for a Director, and we would like to invite you to attend a 45-minute open forum for each of the three candidates selected. The forum will consist of a 30-minute presentation on the candidate’s vision for the Water Center, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. All of the forum sessions will be held in Room 219 Perkins Hall, and are scheduled as follows:
- Wednesday, November 14, 2018; Time: 10:15 – 11:30a – Dr. Forbes Walker, Professor and Environmental Soils Specialist, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
- Wednesday, November 14, 2018; Time: 12:00 – 1:15p – Dr. Thanos Papanicolaou, Professor, Henry Goodrich Chair of Excellence, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Wednesday, November 21, 2018; Time: 11:00 – 12:30p – Dr. John Schwartz, Associate Department Head of Undergraduate Studies and Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control training program for construction sites offers the following classes: Level 1 Fundamentals, Level 1 Recertification, Level 2 Design Principles for Erosion Prevention Control for Construction Sites, and Level 2 Recertification. For more information, click on the link.
Permanent Stormwater Management Training is available to design engineers and architects as well as plan reviewers and other local municipal program personnel.