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.
The Tennessee Division of Water Resources is pleased to announce the availability of the Tennessee Permanent Stormwater Management and Design Guidance Manual, First Edition. The manual includes site design standards for stormwater runoff reduction management and is intended to be a resource to local permanent stormwater management programs.
The manual can be downloaded from our Permanent Stormwater Management Training website. Also available on the website are the Tennessee Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool (TNRRAT), TNRRAT tutorial videos, information on upcoming training courses, and other related stormwater resources. The website is best viewed using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 11 browsers. If you have any questions or comments, please email using the Permanent Stormwater Management Training website contact tab or by calling the Tennessee Stormwater hotline at 865 946-3009.
Agencies Announce $103,080 in Green Development Grants: Five innovative green infrastructure and low-impact development projects chosen—The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, today awarded $103,080 to five local governments to fund green infrastructure and low-impact development projects beginning March 2015. The Green Development Grant Program provides funding through a competitive process for projects such as rain gardens, green roofs, pervious concrete applications, trees and tree boxes, in addition to outreach and education efforts designed to promote green development in Tennessee communities. The Green Development Grant recipients are Memphis and Shelby County Office of Sustainability ($20,000), Johnson City ($25,000), City of Ducktown ($25,000), City of Lewisburg ($23,080), and City of Chattanooga ($10,000). Additional information is available here.
Volunteer Opportunity! Help plant 50,000 trees in one hour across Tennessee! The Tennessee Environmental Council, TDA-Division of Forestry, TNSA, Cumberland River Compact, and TDEC are partnering with MS4s, State and Local Parks, Watershed Associations, Friends of Parks and—any and every one else interested—to join together to plant 50,000 trees in one hour across every county in Tennessee! The event will take place on Saturday, February 21st. Trees will be available for pick up at each of the eight TDEC Field Offices on Thursday and Friday, February 19 & 20. Get additional information and register here.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: EPA Region 4 and IECA’s Southeast Chapter 2nd Annual MS4 Conference: Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, Holiday Inn Atlanta-Perimeter, Atlanta, Georgia. Deadline for abstracts is March 13, 2015. Presentations will inform and educate MS4 operators, consultants, contractors and others practicing in the discipline of stormwater management, stormwater quality and erosion and sediment control.
EPA's Green Infrastructure Webcast Series
—FREE webcasts available.
EPA and Antioch University New England to Present Webinar: "Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliency-Land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment" on January 29 at 12:00 p.m. eastern. This webinar will address assessment, planning, and adaptation to better prepare for the next emergency; and how to sustainably manage flooding and stormwater in order to maintain human health and a vibrant local economy. This webinar is part of the series, "Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities," presented by Antioch University New England, in partnership with EPA.
Register for a webcast on Lessons Learned from Ten Years of Watershed Assessment in USDA’s Conservation Effects Assessment Project—This Watershed Academy webcast on Feb. 5, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST will feature renowned agricultural research experts to share some of the key findings from the CEAP Watershed Assessments on how the suite, timing, and spatial distribution of conservation practices influence and impact local water quality outcomes. Topics covered will include nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment loss reduction and various approaches to targeting, as well as overall lessons learned from the CEAP Watershed Assessments.
The Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (TNEPSC) is a series of certification and training programs for construction site personnel.
REGISTER for the 4th Annual Watershed Symposium to be held February 24, 2015. The Symposium theme is "Horizons of Environmental and Water Policy: Where We Are and Where We Are Going." This Symposium is supported by the participating colleges (Agriculture and Natural Resources, Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Law), and has the goals of introducing students to studies associated with watersheds, while providing an opportunity for interactions between academics and professionals working with watersheds. See Symposium flyer here.
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