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TNWRRC supports local community activities for healthy streams and educating high school students.

Appalachian Community Technical Assistance and Training (ACTAT) Program.

The ACTAT program, funded by the Rural Utilities Service of the USDA Rural Development Program, is a partnership of the US EPA’s National Environmental Services Center, West Virginia University, the University of Kentucky’s Water Resources Research Institute, and TNWRRC at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program gives technical support and fiscal management assistance to water and wastewater utilities. ACTAT submitted a $1M proposal to USEPA to provide wastewater treatment system technical and fiscal assistance across Tennessee, collaborating with TNWRRC, Tennessee Tech, and the University of Memphis.

Tennessee Smart Yards

Tennessee Smart Yards is an Extension-led program that guides Tennesseans on practices they can apply in their outdoor spaces to create healthier, more ecologically-sound landscapes and communities. Nine principles of stewardship serve as the foundation for the program and are explored in online modules and practical workshops taught by UT-TSU Extension and water resource professionals. 

You don’t have to be an expert gardener or landscaper to create a Tennessee Smart Yard. All it takes is a willingness to learn and a desire to take actions described in our TNSY Workbook. Learn why a “Smart Yard” is right for you and our environment.​

Tennessee River Line

The Tennessee River Line is a vision for a continuous, multimodal system of trail experiences along the Tennessee River from its formation in Knoxville, TN, to its confluence with the Ohio River in Paducah, KY. Complementing the numerous river access initiatives already established or underway along the river’s reach, the Tennessee RiverLine celebrates the beauty, diversity, and history of the Tennessee River Valley, connects the people and communities of the valley to each other, to our river heritage, and to the Tennessee River landscape, and catalyzes new investments, economic opportunity, social health, and
ecological stewardship

Community Riparian Restoration Program for Tennessee

Community Riparian Restoration Program for Tennessee (CRRP) is a multidisciplinary initiative led by the UT Institute of Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry that strives to connect people, communities, and their watersheds by raising awareness and understanding of riparian systems through applied research. Our goal to to serve as a comprehensive resource center for Tennessee communities to empower groups and individuals to take action towards healthier riparian buffers.