Overview

Center OfficeVirginia Tech is a leader in advancing the science and methods used to develop TMDLs. The Center for TMDL and Watershed Studies was chartered in May 2004. The Center's mission is to conduct interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach to improve the integrity of the Nation's waters and watersheds by advancing the science, tools, and expertise available for developing, evaluating, and implementing watershed planning and management processes.  Within the university, the Center was created to provide

  1. A collegial forum for communication among individuals with shared interests in watersheds and watershed management,
  2. An informal structure to facilitate collaboration on research and educational program delivery, and
  3. An entity recognized within the university that can be used by team members to identify multidisciplinary, multi-departmental efforts to funding sources, peers, and administrators. Center membership currently includes faculty from ten departments.

Mission

The Center for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Studies conducts interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach to improve the integrity of Nation's waters and watersheds by advancing the science, tools and expertise available for developing, evaluating and implementing watershed planning and management processes.

Objective

  • To conduct basic and applied research to improve the science and procedures used to develop, evaluate, and implement TMDLs
  • To provide training in the development and implementation of accurate, effective, achievable TMDLs
  • To facilitate watershed stakeholder participation in the TMDL process by increasing awareness and understanding of NPS pollution and water quality issues

Area of Expertise:

  • NPS pollution assessment and control
  • Agricultural production systems
  • Modeling – HSPF, GWLF, SWAT, AGNPS, ANSWERS, QUAL2E
  • GIS for watershed assessment and spatial analysis/modeling
  • Water quality monitoring systems – design, implementation, data analysis and management
  • Water resource assessment
  • Educational program delivery

Impacts and Accomplishments

  • Developed more than thirty TMDLs
  • Created TMDL development procedures that have been adopted as good practice standards in Virginia
  • Developed and delivered an array of educational programs: graduate and undergraduate courses, workshops, short courses, seminars
  • Promoted education-oriented partnerships to engage stakeholders in watershed planning
  • Developed TMDL-specific extension publications