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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.



orange bullet The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and UT's Municipal Technical Advisory Service are hosting a four-hour floodplain management training course throughout the state of Tennessee. All of the sessions are FREE. Go to the MTAS website for information on the course including dates, locations, and how to register.

orange bullet Take a look at the many Spring 2016 outreach activities facilitated by TNWRRC.

orange bullet TNWRRC facilitated installation of a pervious concrete sidewalk in the Halls Outdoor Classroom to benefit handicapped students. [more]

orange bullet Read about the activities sponsored by TNWRRC volunteers at this year's 17th Annual EarthFest celebration.

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Read the TNWRRC 2015-16 Annual Technical Report to USGS.

orange bullet The UTK Hydraulics & Sedimentation Lab (HSL) is featured in the journal Hydrolink (2016, Issue 1), published by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, as one of the top hydraulics labs around the world. Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, heads the HSL. Read the article here.

orange bullet NSF's ScienceNation online magazine (dated March 21, 2016), features TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou's involovement with the NSF Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory. Read the story: Critical Zone Observatories help U.S. plan for the future.

orange bullet A recent study led by the TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation’s soil, even potentially altering history books. (See: A. N. (Thanos) Papanicolaou, Kenneth M. Wacha, Benjamin K. Abban, Christopher G. Wilson, Jerry L. Hatfield, Charles O. Stanier, Timothy R. Filley. 2015. From soilscapes to landscapes: A landscape-oriented approach to simulate soil organic carbon dynamics in intensively managed landscapes. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 120, 11: 2375-2401.) This study was featured by NSF in their Science360 newsletter.

Request for Pre-Proposals

orange bullet Each year, the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) funds projects through the US Geological Survey’s 104B program as instituted by the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. The application requirements for fiscal year 2017 pre-proposals are contained in this document. Pre-proposals are due by October 14, 2016.

Upcoming Events

orange bullet On Monday Sept. 26, Dr. Jared Bales, U.S. Geological Survey’s National Chief Scientist for Water Resources, will visit UTK. He is providing a seminar, hosted by the TN Water Resources Center and ISSE. The seminar will be in room 405 JDT (Tickle Eng. Building) at 4:30. All are welcome

orange bullet Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, will be hosting a series of Environmental Seminars Fall semester 2016 (August-November). See the schedule for dates, times, location, and speaker.

orange bullet 2016 Tennessee Stormwater Association Conference October 18-20, 2016, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, TN.