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.
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.
Availability of the Draft 2014 303(d) List for Public Review and Comment—The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has developed a draft 2014 303(d) List, the official compilation of impaired waters in Tennessee. The 303(d) List identifies stream segments that violate one or more water quality standards, or are documented as threatened by pollutants. These segments are then prioritized for a specialized water quality study of the identified pollutants known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
The University of Tennessee Landscape Architecture Program and Permaloc are pleased to invite you and your collegues to attend special lecture and workshop opportunities on September 3 and 4, 2014. Our distinguished guest, Mark Focht, is the First Deputy Commissioner of Parks & Facilities for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. He is also the current President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Mark will be lecturing on Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia’s 25-year plan to protect and enhance their watersheds by managing stormwater with green infrastructure. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1st. Additional information and maps are available here.
EPA's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series—next FREE webcast is on September 3, 2014,1:00-2:30 pm EDT on “Green Infrastructure and Smart Growth.”
2014 Water Education Summit: Think Globally – Act Locally—September 8-10, 2014, Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, NC. The 2014 Water Education Summit will focus on water resource challenges and ways to make a difference at the local level. This is your opportunity to network with and learn from leading educators working to improve several aspects of water resources protection and management. Topics of discussion will include climate change, water resources management, ecosystem restoration and preservation, watershed planning, and educational programs for elected officials and decision-makers. Presentations, discussions, workshops, and tours will emphasize innovative approaches for using information, technology transfer, and hands-on learning experiences to change behaviors and inspire water stewardship locally. Registration is open.
SAVE THE DATE: 4th Annual UT Watershed Symposium will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015. 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.
EPA Launches Third Annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, Registration Begins Sept. 2—EPA launched the third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a green infrastructure design challenge for college and university students. Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design boards, a project narrative, and a letter of support describing a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campus. Registration opens Sept. 2 and ends Oct. 3. Registrants must submit their entries by Dec. 19. Winning teams will earn a student prize of $1,000-$2,000 to be divided evenly among student team members, and a faculty prize of $2,000-$3,000 to support green infrastructure research or training.
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