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various pictures from WRRC projects

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 TNWRRC affiliate faculty and professor, Tennessee Tech University’s Alfred Kalyanapu, has utilized sonar technology to map the bed bathymetry of the Obion river. The field survey included students from Tennessee Tech and it was one full field day. The Tennessee Tech team works with Forbes Walker and TNWRRC director, Thanos Papanicolaou, to address water availability issues as part of a USDA funded research. This research is led by UT extension, and UTIA is a central part. Here are links to the videos made using Sonar. The first one is a trailer of a recent class trip. The second on is a class project where Hydrology students used Sonar for City Lake, and the third link is a collage of our recent class trip.

orange bullet TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou receives national attention in the August 2016 edition of the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, which published a research paper that identifies new dynamic indices for soil quality. Read more here.

orange bullet The 2016-17 Adopt-A-Watershed Program is up and running! [Read more here]

orange bullet The Tennessee Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2016 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The report includes an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, inland waterways, parks, roads, schools, transit, and wastewater.

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 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.

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.

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 deadline extended to October 28, 2016.

Upcoming Events

orange bullet Tech Speak: Technical Presentation Series will be featuring a talk by Daniel Yoder (Professor, UT Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science Dept) and Steven Casey (Principal/Water Resources Engineer, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.) on November 15 at 7:30am in Room 147, Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus, 2641 Osprey Vista Way. Their topic is "A Brief Look Back at Permanent Stormwater Management in Light of the Tennessee MS4 Permit and New Ideas Flowing From UT." Go here for more information and to register.

orange bullet The 2017 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Conference will be held June 13-15 in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have issued a Call for Abstracts. The deadline for submission is January 20, 2017.

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.