Join the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), University of Tennessee, Knox County Stormwater and the City of Knoxville Solid Waste Department for Knoxville's 2nd Annual Tennessee River Runoff 5K & Cheers to Clean Water Celebration -- an event showcasing the ways that we can help to protect our local streams and rivers with green infrastructure! The 5K-certified, chip-timed race will take runners and walkers through the campus of the University of Tennessee, passing by rain gardens, bioswales, created wetlands, and other methods that UT uses throughout campus to lessen water pollution. Racers will also get to catch a view of the Tennessee River.
Attendees can enjoy local craft beer while exploring the world of water quality and stream health by visiting our educational vendor booths. Kids can participate in the on-site scavenger hunt, as well as other kid-friendly water activities
Tennessee River Healthy Watershed Grant Opportunity:
Eligibility: The TNRR5K Prize can be awarded to any NPO that submits an application with a signed Implementation Certification Statement that attest the award money will be utilized to implement the project as submitted in the contest entry form. There is no match requirement.
All proceeds benefit the Tennessee Stormwater Association, a nonprofit organization that advocates for protecting and improving the quality of the waters of Tennessee. The TNRR5K aims to raise awareness about protecting water resources in our region, and encourage the community to take action through on-the-ground projects. A portion of the proceeds generated from the TNRR5K will be given back to the community through one Tennessee River Healthy Watershed Grant. The award amount is fluid, as it is based on the proceeds from the event (no more than $2,500). Local non-profit organizations (NPOs) will have the opportunity to submit stewardship proposals that will be judged by the TNRR5K Planning Committee. The committee is seeking projects focused on Pollutant Runoff Reduction Implementation. Contest entries include any proposed project that involves the implementation/installation stormwater control measures (SCMs) that will improve stormwater runoff quality and/or reduce stormwater runoff quantity within a specific watershed. Examples of SCMs include, but are not limited to, rain gardens or other bio-retention basins, tree plantings, downspout disconnection, rain barrels, etc.