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The UT Stormwater Management office was recently recognized as the Organization of the Year by the Tennessee Stormwater Association.
Garrett Ferry, UT stormwater manager

The UT Stormwater Management office was recently recognized as the Organization of the Year by the Tennessee Stormwater Association.

UT was selected for the award from more than 100 organizations statewide.

The TNSA’s mission is to assist members with their efforts to comply with state and federal clean water laws while protecting and improving the quality of the waters of Tennessee.

UT was honored for its efforts to incorporate effective and inventive stormwater management strategies into every construction project on campus.

“We have come a long way and are continually looking for new opportunities to effectively manage water runoff as we begin designing future projects,” said Garrett Ferry, UT stormwater manager.

“Our goal is to effectively manage the first inch of every rainfall that impacts campus. This goal is not easily achieved, but it is a challenge that we welcome as we grow our campus infrastructure.”

Some examples of stormwater management strategies currently used on campus include the use of 38,000 square feet of water-permeable pavement and underground cisterns that can capture 79,000 gallons of rainwater for reuse after a rainstorm.

To find out more about UT Stormwater Management, visit stormwater.utk.edu.