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.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) recently announced the release of a special publication related to stormwater. Green Infrastructure Implementation was developed by Carol Hufnagel of Tetra Tech and Nancy Rottle of the University of Washington, as well as 75 technical experts. Unlike most publications, which focus on technical design of individual green elements, this peer-reviewed book tackles topics related directly to the ability to implement green infrastructure. The collection of programmatic and planning topics is unique in current literature and covers a range of issues from stormwater to public education. Green Infrastructure Implementation identifies obstacles and provides guidance for possible approaches to overcoming them at the programmatic level. It also provides clear and actionable suggestions as to the selection and planning of green infrastructure at different scales and identifies considerations for implementation based on type of practice and specific geographic considerations. Each topic details an assessment of barriers and potential challenges and includes case studies that show how they can be addressed. (from TNSA Times Newsletter, September 15, 2014)
Agencies Partner to Offer Green Development Grants to Encourages Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Development Projects—The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will once again partner with the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer a grant program designed to help local governments fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects. Online application materials and additional information about the Green Development Grants are available on TDEC’s website or through the Tennessee Stormwater Association website.
"Get Your Grass Into Gear!" is a FREE Turf Workshop on October 25 in Knoxville, TN. Join us for the unveiling of Tennessee Smart Yards NEW Turf Workshop!! Training created and conducted by nationally recognized turf specialist, Dr. Tom Samples. Advanced registration required. Call (865) 974-9124 to reserve your spot. Limited space available! Brought to you in partnership with University of Tennessee Turf and Knox County Stormwater.
Citizen Action Guide Training Watershed Assessment and Restoration—a training workshop for stormwater professionals presented by Wilson County Stormwater, Wilson County Water Group, and the Tennessee Environmental Council. October 21, 9 AM – 3 PM, Lebanon, TN; To register, click on the link above or call 615-248-6500.
Tennessee Smart Yards 6-hour Landscaping Workshop, Oct 28 (Part 1) & October 30 (Part 2), both from 6-9pm, UT Extension-Ag Center, 6183 Adamson Circle, Chattanooga, TN. Call 423-855-6113 to register ($10/individual; $15/couple)
EPA's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series
—FREE webcast, November 4, 2014,1:00-2:30 pm EDT on “Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure.”
—FREE webcast, December 2, 2014, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT on "Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Management."
12th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference—Water: The Key to Everything Green— Nashville, TN, November 12-15, 2014.
SAVE THE DATE: 4th Annual UT Watershed Symposium—Horizons of Environmental and Water Policy: Where We Are and Where We Are Going—will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015. The Call for Abstracts will be coming soon! View information on the Watershed Symposiums from previous years.
The Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (TNEPSC) is a series of certification and training programs for construction site personnel.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Fifth Interagency Conference on Research in Watersheds (ICRW) Headwaters to Estuaries: Advances in Watershed Science and Management, March 2-6, 2015, Charleston, SC—Abstracts for presentations or posters are invited on the following themes: understanding watershed & in-stream processes; managing watersheds for change; and linking headwaters and receiving waters. Please visit our website for details on these themes and related topics, and to submit your abstract online. Abstract submission deadline is November 1, 2014.
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