The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) 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. TNWRRC is housed within the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
TNWRRC Researcher Roy Arthur recently won an award from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for his work on the Harrell Road Stormwater Demonstration Park located in northwest Knox County. The Harrell Road Park, set to open in late spring 2016, has been a collaborative effort between the Legacy Parks Foundation, Knox County Stormwater, Knox County Parks and Recreation, and the WRRC. This project, featuring rain gardens, stormwater ponds, pervious pavement, stormwater diversions, native vegetation, and interpretive signage, is designed to inform and educate citizens as they enjoy a 19-acre passive nature park with three-quarter miles of soft trails. Read more here.
Ruth Anne Hanahan, TNWRRC Research Associate, and Tim Phelps, Forestry Communications & Outreach Unit Leader of TDA Division of Forestry, introduced the new Tennessee Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook: A Practical Guide to Establishing Healthy Streamside Buffers at the Tennessee Stormwater Association Annual Conference at Fall Creek Falls State Park on October 20. Their presentation also included a discussion of the six-year, USDA Forest Service grant-funded Urban Riparian Buffer Program. TNWRRC staff worked with TDA Division of Forestry staff Tim Phelps and Reggie Reeves in the development of this Handbook. It provides practical step-by-step guidance to anyone wishing to organize volunteer-based riparian buffer tree planting projects. It covers many important details and considerations necessary to have a successful project, and includes a comprehensive recommended riparian buffer plant list organized by east, middle and west Tennessee. Also included are examples of handout materials that can be used to engage the public as well as potential landowners in such projects. It is available on the Tennessee Division of Forestry website. There is an article on the Handbook in the TNSA Fall Newsletter and in the WEF Stormwater Report.
25th Tennessee Water Resources Symposium—April 13-15, 2016, Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, Tennessee. Sponsored by TN American Water Resources Associates (AWRA).
2016 Green Infrastructure Summit—April 6, 2016, Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, 421 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.
2016 AMERICAN ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE—June 7-9, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's theme is “Rooftop to Rivers – Integrating Built and Natural Ecosystems.” Call for Abstracts: AEES welcomes proposals of research and applications in the areas of environmental restoration and management of wetlands, streams, and riparian systems, and the integration of those systems with society through policies, planning, and people. The deadline for proposals for platform presentations has been extended to February 5th. A technical program committee will review all proposals and announce acceptance by mid-February. Poster presentation proposals will be accepted through April 2016.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS—EcoStream 2016: Ridgeline to Thalweg Stream Ecology & Restoration Conference August 22-25 in Asheville, NC. Abstracts due March 15, 2016.
The U.S. Geological Survey has published the fiscal year 2016 request for National Competitive Grants (104g) applications for the State Water Resources Research Institute Program. Download the full FY2016 announcement for additional details. Proposals for the 2016 funding cycle are due February 25, 2016.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. (Endowment) $3.75 million over six years to support the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. The program’s focus is to accelerate the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. The Endowment is matching EPA’s award dollar-for-dollar and will seek to engage other public and private partners in the Consortium. A Request for Proposals and other information is available on the Endowment’s Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant program website. The 2016 proposal deadline is March 14.
The Tennessee Section of AWRA is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Service Award to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to enhance the quality of water resources in Tennessee. All nominees must be a past or present member of the Tennessee Section. The Awards Committee will select one candidate from the nominations and will present the award at the annual business meeting held during the 25th Symposium, April 13-15, 2016. Nominations are due February 15, 2016. Instructions and nomination forms can be downloaded at here.
Tennessee Stormwater Management Training offers multiple educational resources and training opportunities, including the preparation and implementation of stormwater pollution prevention plans for construction activities (TNEPSC Level 1 & Level 2), and the design and management of stormwater runoff from developed areas (SCM Design & Inspection and Maintenance).
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