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Where we are and where we are going. Cancelled due to inclement weather.

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The UT faculty associated with the Watershed minors will sponsor the 4th Watershed Symposium on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, in Hollingsworth Auditorium/Plant Biotech Building 156/157 on the Ag (West) Campus of UT. 

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.

Final schedule

7:30 AM Check-in/registration, poster display, and coffee
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcome by Dr. John Schwartz, chair of the Watershed Minor Committee
8:15 - 8:45 AM Clean Water Program, How We Got Here - Paul Davis, PE, Water Resources Consultant
8:45 - 9:05 AM Pooling Resources: The Little Tennessee River Native Fish Conservation Partnerships and Other Approaches to Strategic Aquatic Conservation in the Southern Appalachia- Damon Hearne, Little Tennessee River Native Fish Conservation Area and Trout Unlimited Conservation Director
9:05 - 9:25 AM The State of Stormwater Managment in tennessee - Robert Karesh of the TDEC Water Resources Division: Stormwater Section
9:25 - 9:45 AM Break/refreshments
9:45 - 10:15 AM Keynote Speaker (Introduction - Becky Jacobs, Professor of Law, UT College of Law) The Future of Water Resource Protection: An EPA Perspective - Thomas McGill, US EPA R4 Branch Chief, Ocean, Wetlands, and Streams Protection
10:15 - 11:30 AM Keynote/Panel Discussion moderated by Professor Becky Jacobs, College of Law: Thomas McGill (USEPA R4), Dr. Shari Meghreblian (TDEC Deputy Commissioner); Sally Palmer, (Science Director Nature Conservancy), Rodney Knight (USGS Water Science Center, Nashville); Professor Dean Rivkin, UTK College of Law; Bob Sneed (Water Management Division, US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District Office)
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Lunch (food trucks - on your own, University Commons, or Mabel's) and student poster session
12:45 - 2:20 PM Technical Session 1
12:45 - 1:00 PM Green is the New Gray: A Case Study of Runoff Volume Variation and Targets for Reduction - Dr. Andrea Ludwig (Faculty, Biosystems Enineering and Soil Science)
1:00 - 1:15 PM Does Enfrocement of Pollution Control Laws Improve Biodiversity? - Shelby Ward (Graduate student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
1:15 - 1:30 PM Bankfull Geomorphic Relationships and River2D Assessment in Small Catchments of the Cumberland Plateau Ecoregion (Graduate student, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science)
1:30 - 1:45 PM Hydrologic Modeling of the Tennessee River Basin - Dr. Gangsheng Weng (ORNL)
1:45 - 2:00 PM Characteristics of Fine Sediment Transport along Hillside Concentrated Flow Pathways Caused by Cattle Traffic - Zachariah Seidan (Graduate student, Civil and Environmental Engineering)
2:00 - 2:20 PM Hydraulic and Sedimentation Challenges in the 21st Century - Dr. Thanos Papanicolaou (Faculty, Civil and Environmental Engineering)
2:20 - 2:30 PM Break/refreshments
2:30 - 2:50 PM Development of Research and Databases to Support and Guide USDA Natural Resource Conservation Planning and Policy - Dr. Eddy Langendoen, USDA, ARS National Sedimentation Laboratory
2:50 - 3:10 PM TBA - Dr. Brennan Smith, US DOE ORNL, Hydropower Program Director
3:10 - 3:20 PM Break/refreshments
3:20 - 4:35 PM Technical Session II
3:20 - 3:35 PM Associations between Fsh Assemblages and Agricultural Land Use in the Nolichucky Watershed of Tennessee - Dr. Brian Alfor (Faculty, Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries)
3:35 - 3:50 PM Status and Threats to the Laurel Dace, endemic to Walden Ridge, Tennessee - Dr. Anna George (Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute)
3:50 - 4:05 PM Patterns of Microbial Indicators in Stormwater Runoff from Highways in Tennessee - Kristen Wyckoff (Graduate student, Civil and Environmental Engineering
4:05 - 4:20 PM Effect of Irrigation Timing on Profit Maximizing Irrigation Rates for Cotton Production in Tennessee - Dr. Xia "Vivian" Zhou (Agricultural and Resource Economics)
4:20 - 4:35 PM Terrestrial Laser Scanning as an Effective Tool for Small-Scale Streambank Erosion and Change Measurement - Xiaoyu Lu (Graduate student, Geography)
4:35 - 4:45 PM Announcements, Student Poster Awards
4:35 - 6:00 PM UTK Faculty/Student poster session

Free parking and shuttle (starting 7:15 AM PM, ending at 5:30, every 15 minutes) at Laurel Church of Christ parking lot, 3457 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919.

Click here to register and/or submit an abstract for consideration for a poster or oral presentation (due Jan 12, 2015). Registration is free but we encourage you to register.



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Dr. John Schwartz
Dept. Civil and Envir. Engineering
College of Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
Tel. 974-7721