Conserve water.

Don't overwater, water at cooler times of the day, and don't let excess water run off your lawn into the storm drain. Keep a gray bucket. Water used for dishes or other household activities can be repurposed and reused for other applications. 


The resources and organizations below may be able to help you with this mitigation strategy or to learn more. 

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UT Water Resources Research Center
Tennessee Yardstick Workbook
The 2009 Tennessee Yardstick Workbook shows you how to create attractive and healthy yards by working with Tennessee's environment rather than against it. Topics covered include 'using water efficiently,' 'reducing stormwater runoff and its pollutants,' and 'protecting waters edge.'

Tags: Stormwater, Education, Homeowners, Runoff, Riparian Buffers, Water Conservation, Biodiversity

UT Extension
Smart Yards Program
Tennessee Smart Yards is a University of Tennessee-led program that guides and assists Tennessee residents and neighborhood associations on practices they can apply in their yards and common spaces to create healthier living spaces and communities. Courses aim to help homeowners achieve a landscape that reflects their values, desires and needs, while ensuring the protection of our state's waterways. Water related principles of a smart yard include using water efficiently, using fertilizers appropriately, reducing storm water runoff and its pollutants, and potecting water's edge, amongst others. Check out the Smart Yards yardstick for a check list of mitigation activities associate with smart yard principles. 

Tags: Education, Stomwater, Riparian Buffers, Nutrients, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Rain Barrels, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Household Waste, Kitchen Grease, Stormwater, Urban, Wildlife Habitat, Riparian Buffers, Tools


Water Conservation
Water conservation tips from the City of Hopkinsville.

Tags: Water Conservation

Water Conservation Tips
Tips for conserving water from the City of Clarksville. 

Tags: Water Conservation, Education

Water Conservation
Simple steps that consumers can take to help preserve our water supply for future generations.

Tags: Education, Water Conservation, Public Supply, Drinking Water

Rain Barrels
Information about what a rain barrel is, why it's good for the environment, how to make or install your own, where you can buy one, who can install one for you, and more. 

Tags: Rain Barrels, Education, Stormwater, Runoff, Conservation, Homowoners

Water Conservation
Tips for conserving water and saving on your water bill. 

Tags: Water Conservation, Public Supply

Conservation Tips
A website with water conservation tips from the City of Murfreesboro. The site includes links to additional resources such as Water Use it Wisely's 100+ Ways to Conserve, and Murfreesboro created videos on water conservation andfixing leaks

Tags: Water Conservation, Education, Fixing Leaks, Media



American Rivers
Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Water Efficiency and Conservation, amongst others. 

Tags: Wetlands, Stormwater, NPS Pollution, Wastewater, Sewers, Sewage, Water Conservation, Green Infrastructure, PCPs, Emerging Contaminants, Hazardous Household Waste, Climate Change, Education

Cumberland River Compact
Rain Barrel Sales
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from the rooftop that would otherwise be lost to runoff and be diverted to our neighborhood streams and storm drains. You may be surprised by the amount of water you can harvest: one inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of rooftop creates over 600 gallons of water!  Purchase a rain barrel or learn how to build one! Additional information on this page about what a rain barrel is, how to build one, and safety considerations. 

Tags: Rain Barrels, Water Conservation, Harvesting, Stormwater, Education, GuidesStreet Trees

Water for Schools
The Compact is partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools to provide cisterns for collecting rainwater from school rooftops throughout Davidson County.  This rainwater is used to water school vegetable and flower gardens, providing students with a valuable opportunity for learning about water sources and conservation.

Tags: Water Conservation, Harvesting, Cisterns, Education

Harpeth River Watershed Association
Home and Garden Tips
These tips cover things you can do around the house and in your garden that will affect the health of rivers and streams. Suggestions cover conservation, household contaminants, nonpoint source pollution, oil and gas, environmentally safe products without chlorine and phosphate products and solvents. Links on this page take visitors to a printable River Smart Around the Home Tips Sheet and River Smart Gardening Tips Sheet, a video about where drinking water comes from, non toxic home cleaning products and tips, and information about where to recycle in Nashville. 

Tags: Education, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Household Contaminants, Oil and Grease, Chlorine, Nutrients, Water Conservation, Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Composting, Erosion, Sediment, Nutrients, Pesticides

Jackson Purchase / Four Rivers
Rain Barrel Program
Information about the importance of rain barrels and how to purchase one.

Tags: Rain Barrels, Education, Water Conservation