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 facilitates research at universities and colleges throughout the region; promotes education and training relevant to water-resources issues; and serves as an information clearinghouse for federal, state, and local government agencies that oversee water-related problems. It is housed within the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK).
News, Events, and Reports:
SMART Center faculty secured a Green Infrastructure Grant for a constructed wetland and rain gardens on the UT campus in Knoxville! Click here for announcement of Green Infrastructure Grants Awardees. Funded by the TN Department of Conservation, Tennessee Valley Authority, and TN Department of Transportation and awarded through the TN Stormwater Association.
National Stormwater Calculator—This new calculator is designed for anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, homeowners, and others. It can help users decide which stormwater management practices to install, such as a rain garden or a green roof. The calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records. You can download the Stormwater Calculator.
News, Events, and Reports:
UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is sponsoring a Spring Seminar series. Many of the topics are related to water and water resources.
Bruce Tschantz has been invited to present a paper, Hazards and Public Safety at Low Head Dams, at the May 26-29, 2014, Annual International Conference on Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, in Athens, Greece. Dr. Tschantz will present his latest work on the extent of the low head dam problem in the U.S. and other countries and discuss remedial options for reducing the hazard to waterway users.
EPA recently released a new technical report called “Case Studies Analyzing the Economic Benefits of Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure” that helps utilities, state and other municipal agencies, and other stormwater professionals understand the potential benefits of low impact development and green infrastructure (LID/GI) programs. The objective of the report is to highlight different evaluation methods that have been successfully applied and also to demonstrate cases where LID/GI projects and programs have been shown to be economically beneficial. Also, the intent of this document is to promote the use of LID/GI, where appropriate, to supplement grey stormwater infrastructure. The 142-page technical report is available on EPA’s Low Impact Development website.
Special Seminar—The GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Larry Band, UNC-Chapel Hill, will present a seminar on Wednesday, March 12 at 2:30 pm in the Plant Biotech Building (PBB), Rooms 156/157. His topic is "Critical zone processes at the watershed scale."
Join us for a Webinar—Jon Hathaway, Asst. Professor in UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be presenting a webinar on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 11:45am-1pm. His topic is "Bioretention Research and Design: The State of the Practice." The webinar (via WebEx) is free but registration is required at Googledocs. There are limited number of slots. For more information, see the flyer.
Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control—A certification and Training Program for Construction Sites
Center for Watershed Solutions—CWS is a partnership initiative between UT-ISSE and the Cumberland River Compact.