The Center is once again taking the lead in making water-related technology and resources available to the public. The Center is teaming up with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hydrologics Inc., and other universities through the Tennessee Watershed and Regional Water Resources Modeling program to offer Hydrologics' OASIS software on a statewide platform. This project comes as part of a response to the record drought of 2007 in which the State of Tennessee realized that the planning process for water resources needed to be evaluated to be better prepared for water limitations. To learn more information about this program, titled Tennessee Planning of Regional Water Supply (TNPORWS), visit www.tnporws.org.
According to the Conservation Technology Information Center, a watershed is "the area of land that catches rain and snow and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. Just as creeks drain into rivers, watersheds are nearly always part of a larger watershed." These land areas are an integral part of the Center's research, forming the basis of several major funded research endeavors (see the Duck River Watershed and Emory River Watershed links to view the products from some of these projects).
For more information about national watershed research and current topics, visit the following links:
- Center for Watershed Protection: The CWP provides "local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with
the technical tools for protecting some of the nation's most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes, and rivers." Its multidisciplinary strategy for watershed protection "encompasses watershed planning, watershed restoration, stormwater management, watershed research, better site design, education and outreach, and watershed training."
- NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials): NEMO's mission is to provide "information, education and assistance to local land use boards and commissions on how they can accommodate growth while protecting their natural resources and community character. It was built on the basic belief that the future of our communities and environment depends on land use, and since land use is decided primarily at the local level, education of local land use officials is the most effective, and most cost-effective, way to bring about positive change."
- "Planning for a Rainy Day: Kansas City's '10,000 Rain Gardens' Initiative Curbs Stormwater, Pollution": This online article, published by the Water Environment Federation, describes how the "10,000 Rain Gardens" educational and workshop programs are leading Kansas City, Missouri, residents to use rain gardens, which incorporate native plants planted in shallow basins, to "improve the area's water quality and reduce stormwater runoff."
- Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Training and Certification Program for Construction Sites: This program is part of the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center's initiative of transferring information through "professional training and education, especially for individuals involved in land-disturbing activities."
This project was funded by the Tennessee Duck River Development Agency and includes information about the river flow/quality, biology, history, community and culture of the region.
This project was supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. It includes a compilation of data and bibliographical references focusing on biology, river flow and quality, and hydrology and watershed modeling.