Contact your representatives and make your vote count.

One of the easiest ways to promote water quality is to keep up with and engage with your representatives. When they're working on behalf of your water resources, let them know you appreciate it! If you think they could do better, don't keep it to yourself! Consider scheduling time to speak with them about water quality in your stream or inviting them to a community meeting on the subject. If you're not registered to vote, get registered. When it comes time to vote, vote for candidates who understand and will help address the problems in our waterways. The links below will help you find out who represents you and how you can stay engaged with them.

Federal, Kentucky, Tennessee, Local (KY), Local (TN)

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


TN Environmental Council
Advocacy Toolkit
Tips and resources for finding your legislator, legislative skills training (e.g. 10 Tips for Occasional LobbyistsTips for In-Person Visits to LegislatorsEtiquette at LegislatureImportant Government FactsHow a Bill Becomes LawNon-Profit Lobbying , and more), engaging the media, and using social media.

Tags: Education, Policy, Legislation, Grassroots, Organizing, Lobbying

Citizen Action Guide to Watershed Assessment and Restoration (2015)
This 2015 guide provides citizens with steps for putting sound science to work in their watershed. Interested person or organizations can contact TEC at if they would like to schedule a training workshop that covers these materials. Contents include the action guide for watershed assessment and restoration itself as well as the following appendices: Appendix 1 – Watershed Science and MappingAppendix 2 – Stream Assessment FinalAppendix 3 – Guide to Restoration Activities FinalAppendix 3.1 Tennessee Cedar RevetmentsAppendix 3.2 – Guidance for Riparian Buffer plantings TDOF 2014Appendix 3.3 Combined Rain Garden Workshop GuideAppendix 4 – Guidance for EducatorsAppendix 5 – Permits and Reporting Environmental Violations (TDEC)Appendix 6 – Watershed Restoration Plan GuidanceAppendix 7 CWA overviewAppendix 8 – Glossary Final.

Tags: Guides, Education, Stream Restoration, Monitoring, Assessment, Maps, Cedar Revetments, Riparian Buffers, Rain Gardens, Permits, Regulation, Policy, Plan, Plans, Glossary

Find My Legislator
A tool for finding you TN State legislators. KY State legislators can be found on this webpage. Federal legislators can be found here. Local Kentucky County and City Officials can be found here. Local TN County and City Officials can be found here.

Tags: Policy, Legislation, Education, Maps and Tools