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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 Director Thanos Papanicolaou and his team are conducting experiments to investigate how past, present, and future human activities and climate affect the health of soil. [Read More Here]

orange bullet TNWRRC researcher Jon Hathaway (an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UT) is an expert in flooding, water runoff, and urban water issues. He provides some information about the issues facing Texas and Louisiana when floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey begin to recede.

orange bullet TNWRRC staff played a major role in the Harrell Road Stormwater Park Development. Read about the new park in the Tennessee Stormwater Association News & Information on page three.

orange bullet TNWRRC and local partners sponsor community outreach events throughout the year. Read about their 2016-17 activities.

orange bullet Read about the 2016-17 TNWRRC Adopt-A-Watershed program and read local news articles on the activities.

orange bullet The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center and the Town of Farragut are working together to identify, locate, and assess the different stormwater structures that are owned by the Town. [Read more here]

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Erin Arcipowski, John Schwartz, Lisa Davenport, Meghan Hayes, and Tracy Nolan. 2017. Clean Water, Clean Life: Promoting Healthier, Accessible Water in Rural Appalachia. Universities Council on Water Resources, Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 161: 1-18.

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.

Request for Pre-Proposals

TNWRRC has issued 2019-20 Request for Pre-Proposals for USGS 104b grants. The deadline for submitting a pre-proposal is October 15, 2018.


orange bullet Thanos Papanicolaou (TNWRRC Director) awarded the 2018 Einstein Award. [Read More Here]

orange bullet Former TNWRRC Director, Bruce Tschantz, is honored for his lifetime achievements in dam safety with a Public Dam Safety award. [Read More Here]

orange bullet TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou has been selected by the COPRI/EWRI Einstein Committee to receive the 2018 Hans Albert Einstein Award “for connecting upland erosion to in-stream transport and geomorphology; new theories on source provenance and connectivity predicting stochastic transport, bedload turbulent interactions, cohesive sediments, and sensor technology for prediction of movement.” Congrats to Dr. Papanicolaou!

Other Activities

Watch the video or view the Powerpoint presentations of a TNWRRC-sponsored webinar held July 24, 2017—Exploring Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances for Tennessee: Design, Installation and Performance Evaluation.

orange bullet Read about the 2017 UT Watershed Symposium held Sept. 26 with support from TNWRRC and ISSE.

Read the TNWRRC Spring 2017 email newsletter.

Read about the Water Center's 2016-17 outreach activities here.

Conferences & Calls

orange bullet CALL FOR ABSTRACTSGlobal Water Security Conference for Agriculture and Natural Resources, October 3-6, 2018 in Hyderabad, India.

orange bullet 2018 Tennessee Stormwater Association Annual Conference, October 15-17, 2018, Fall Creek Falls, Pikeville, Tennessee.