After the drought of 2007, state planners realized just how precious water is and how vitally we need to plan for its protection. To facilitate that planning, the Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources at Tennessee Tech University is working with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to make the OASIS water resources modeling suite available statewide.
This software, available from Hydrologics, was used to develop the regional water supply plans for the Southern Cumberland Plateau and the North Central and Duck River regions of Tennessee, and now users from across the state can take advantage of its sophisticated tools to better plan for future droughts and prevent future flooding.
The Water Center is building on the work completed through these pilot studies and making the OASIS software available to technical and nontechnical users across the state. This effort was recently culminated in two training workshops led by Yvette Clark, the Water Center's research and development engineer.
Participants representing agencies ranging from the TDEC's Division of Water Pollution Control to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and independent consulting agencies attended the two day-long trainings. They learned to build an OASIS model and then enhance it using some basic operations control language.
The center has configured a computer server on which to house and run various applications of the OASIS model. The collection of applications on the server is generically known as TNPORWS, or Tennessee Planning of Regional Water Supply, and is available at www.tnporws.org.
Dwight Hutson, TTU systems programmer, developed the Web platform and server, and Amy Knox, the center's editor/graphic designer, developed the website.
This project is unique in that it's the first time the OASIS software is being made available at a university, allowing students, faculty and utilities to address water supply needs for citizens of the state.