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EPA to Designate First Center of Excellence for Watershed Management in Tennessee

Release Date: 02/22/2008
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293, marraccini.davina@epa.gov

(Atlanta, Ga. – February 22, 2008) – On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will designate the University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) and the Cumberland River Compact (CRC) as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management. This is only the second Center of Excellence to be designated in the Region, and the first in the state of Tennessee. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed at a ceremony during the Green Development: Good for Water and the Bottom Line Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

WHO: EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles; EPA Regional Administrator Jimmy Palmer and Water Management Division Director Jim Giattina; TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan and Water Pollution Control Director Paul E. Davis; ISSE Director Randall (Randy) W. Gentry, Ph.D., P.E.; and Cumberland River Compact Executive Director Doug Hausken and Senior Fellow Margo Farnsworth.

WHAT: Designation of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Watershed Management

WHEN: Monday, February 25th, 2008, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Sheraton Music City Hotel

      777 McGavock Pike
      Nashville, Tenn.

Started in 2007, the EPA Region 4 Centers of Excellence for Watershed Management Program works with colleges and universities from across the Southeast to provide hands-on, practical products and services for communities to identify watershed problems and solve them. Each EPA designated Center actively seeks out watershed-based stakeholder groups and local governments that need cost effective tools for watershed scientific studies, engineering designs and computer mapping, as well as assistance with legal issues, project management, public education and planning. More information about priority watersheds in the Southeast is available online at: http://www.epa.gov/region4/water/watersheds/priority.html