October 19, 2017 Watershed Symposium Features Tennessee River Studio Students, Faculty

The 6th Annual Watershed Symposium brought together local and regional agency and industry experts, educators and students to discuss challenges to the Tennessee River Watershed and featured a charrette led by students and faculty from our Tennessee River Studio.

Hosted by UT’s Watershed Faculty Consortium, the symposium took place on Sept. 26 at the UT Institute of Agriculture. Brad Collett, who leads the School of Landscape Architecture Governor’s Chair Tennessee River Studio, along with his students presented information about their research and led a community charrette to envision the future of the Tennessee River, its watershed and the Knoxville riverfront.

Through several interactive activities, students led symposium guests through discussion about funding for waterfront projects, prioritizing needs for the watershed and understanding the impact of the river on the economy and ecology in the region.

Keynote speaker was Pippa Brashear, director of Planning and Resilience, SCAPE Landscape Architecture in New York. Workshop topics included water quality testing, watershed delineation, geographic information systems, stream form and function and more.

The UT Watershed Faculty Consortium is a group of more than 50 faculty and staff from many departments throughout the university, who oversee and prioritize research, projects and curriculum.