THWI Strategic Investment Areas
THWI Strategic Plan
Cane Creek Trib Restoration Project
Economic Benefits of Healthy Watersheds
EPA Healthy Watershed Initiative
HWI Concept, Approach and Benefits
HWI Assessment Framework
HWI Examples of Assessments
HWI Conservation Approaches & Tools
HWI Outreach Tools
HWI Where You Live
The Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative (THWI ) is a collaboration of federal, state and nonprofit organizations committed to maintaining and improving water resources in Tennessee watersheds. It was launched in August 2011 under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) executed by TDEC, TVA, the Tennessee Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and West Tennessee River Basin Authority.
The THWI provides a forum for communication, collaboration, and thoughtful planning among a broad partnership of agencies and interests and seeks to coordinate implementation of efforts to protect and improve Tennessee’s waters.
Update! February 10, 2014 - Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative Announces Second Round of Funding, Seeking Innovative Projects Designed to Protect and Improve Tennessee's Waters
The Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative announced its plans to fund new watershed improvement and protection projects, with a focus on four of the Initiative’s Strategic Investment Areas. Areas of focus areRegional Water Planning; Restoration Projects; Scientific Research and Monitoring; and Protection of Waters and Wetlands. Up to $637,500 in funding will support projects across the state beginning in August 2014, lasting through December 2016.
The Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative is requesting proposals for new projects to fund across Tennessee. The deadline for new proposals is March 21, 2014.
Update! October 2013 - THWI project at James E. Ward Agriculture Center in Lebanon wins GNRC Award!
Nine Innovative Projects Designed to Protect and Improve Tennessee's Waters
The Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative announced today its plans to fund nine new watershed improvement and protection projects, with a focus on new innovation and community-based initiatives. More than $750,000 in funding will support several strategic investment areas of the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative, and the projects will be implemented across the state beginning January 2013 through June 2014. Read the full press release.
The THWI envisions “sustainable river systems throughout Tennessee in which the streams and rivers are managed to conserve the native species, natural plant communities, and ecosystems found in and along the river system while meeting the needs of human communities. Healthy watersheds in Tennessee will need to be resilient, able to adapt to changing future conditions, and will need to provide adequate and reliable water supplies for healthy communities, strong economies and interconnections between rivers and their users.”
Public invited to opening ceremony Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / 9:00 a.m. CDT.
Sandy Creek Restoration Site, near Muse park Jackson, Tennessee
THWI partners spent the past year in a strategic planning phase to ensure the success of the initiative, as well as carefully selecting and funding the two following “kick-off” projects that are currently being implemented:
A three-year THWI Strategic Plan has been developed to build the partnership infrastructure of the initiative as well as identify strategic program investments that serve to demonstrate innovative efforts to protect and improve Tennessee’s waters. The priority strategic investment areas are:
The RFP for THWI funding is currently closed.
Location on Map (County)
|Rutherford – 1||Brown's Mill Lowhead Dam Removal on the East Fork of the Stones River||$35,000|
|Johnson – 2||Doe Mountain Recreation Area Master Plan: A Blueprint for Complementary Tourism Development and Water Natural Resources Protection||$100,000|
|Hancock – 3||Clinch Powell Clean Rivers Initiative- Enhancing Multi-Agency Coordination for Conservation Impacts||$157,300|
|Knox – 4||Harrell Road Stormwater Demonstration Park||$95,400|
|Meigs, McMinn, Bradley – 5||HEART of the Hiwassee Initiative||$45,000|
|Hamilton – 6||Normal Park Upper Museum Magnet School Stormwater Mitigation and Watershed Educational Design||$98,800|
|Cumberland, Morgan, Fentress – 7||Obed Watershed Water Resources Planning Tools and Monitoring Procedures to Assess Future Economic Growth||$145,000|
|Madison – 8||Sandy Creek: Erosion Mitigation and Hydrologic Restoration of an Urban Stream||$56,800|
|Shelby – 9||Shelby Farms Trails Gateway Improvements||$44,400|
|Wilson -10||A Destination for Learning about Tennessee Healthy Watersheds: Examples of Innovative and Interactive Urban Stormwater Best Management Strategies in Middle Tennessee||$134,000|
|Madison – 11||Cane Creek Tributary Restoration and Stormwater Biofiltration Project||$32,000|