Education Resource Library

FEDERAL RESOURCES

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
Irrigation Resources
 

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
Angler's Aquatic Plant ID
Want to be a better angler? Learn smart, season-based strategies for fishing the “weeds.” 


U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Army Corps of Engineers History in the Cumberland River Basin
Web site for information concerning the history of the district in the region. Includes historic information on the "Old Locks" of the Cumberland River, Dale Hollow, and more. 

STEM Support
The Nashville District has offices located throughout the Cumberland River Basins.  Many of these offices are staffed with engineers, scientists, and other professionals that are interested in helping educators inspire kids to pursue careers in scientific and engineering fields.  For more information please contact our STEM coordinator and let us know how we can be of assistance.

Water Management Education Series
Developed to raise public awareness, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District's online Water Management Education Series includes a video series that breaks down and discusses the operation of the Cumberland River Reservoir System from the perspective of a Corps of Engineers’ water manager, How the Cumberland River System Works overview brochure, and a school outreach program aimed at informing students grades 6-12 and their families about the Corps of Engineers’ flood damage risk reduction mission.

Topics covered include Reservoir PurposesTypes of ReservoirsControlled Vs. Uncontrolled Water Flow. Educators can request a school program here.


U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Building Local Partnerships Guidebook 

This short document explains why partnerships are a key to effective watershed management. Through a partnership different people and organizations work together to address common interests and concerns. 

Environmental Education Grants Program
This program supports environmental education projects that increase the public awareness about environmental issues and increase people's ability to make informed decisions that impact environmental quality. EPA awards between $2 and $3 million annually. More than 75 percent of these grant recipients receive less than $15,000.

Environmental Education on the Internet
The Environmental Education and Training Partnership of the North American Association for Environmental Education developed this Internet clearinghouse on topics related to environmental education. 

Getting in Step: A Guide to Effective Outreach in Your Watershed
This guidebook provides some of the tools watershed groups need to develop and implement an effective watershed outreach plan. If you're a watershed practitioner trained in the sciences, this manual will help you address public perceptions, promote management activities, and inform or motivate stakeholders. Related resources for this book include a 35 minute companion video of case studies and an online Web training tutorial. 

Grants and Funding for Water Research
EPA provides grants and funding to the Nation's leading researchers in academia and small businesses around the country to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues. Research by grantees complements the research by EPA.

How's My Waterway
How's My Waterway provides information about the conditions of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the U.S. More recent or more detailed water information may exist that is not yet available through EPA databases or other sources.

Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Outreach Toolbox is intended for use by state and local agencies and other organizations interested in educating the public on nonpoint source pollution or stormwater runoff. The Toolbox contains a variety of resources to help develop an effective and targeted outreach campaign.

Nutrient Pollution Outreach and Education Materials
The goal of this site is to assist state and local agencies, watershed groups, nongovernmental organizations and others in developing effective outreach materials related to nutrient pollution. 

Reference Guide to Treatment Technologies for Mining-Influenced Water 
An EPA report that highlights select mining-influenced water treatment technologies used or piloted as part of remediation efforts at mine sites.

Top Ten Watershed Lessons Learned
As with any change of this magnitude, there has been much trial and error when dealing with watershed issues, and important lessons have been learned that are worth sharing. Oftentimes, these lessons have been shared informally through networking at conferences, by phone, or over the Internet. Watershed Lessons Learned is EPA's attempt to identify the top lessons learned and present them in one place. 

Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources
This training module is designed to increase your understanding of the causes of climate change, its potential impacts on water resources, and the challenges water resource managers are facing. 

Volunteer Monitoring Resources
This page has EPA resources and links to information about volunteer water quality monitoring.

Watershed Sleuth Educational Activities for Citizen Scientists
Hey, citizen scientists!  Want to be like Sherlock Holmes?  Here's your chance.  It's elementary!  Become a Watershed Sleuth — or better yet, a Watershed Guardian or a Watershed Hero — by learning how to help solve water quality problems. Try your hand at building a model aquifer, or take an interactive quiz to find out where water wasters are. These are just some of the online activities offered by EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation. Children, families, K-12 school groups and others can earn a different digital badge for each lesson they complete, and show off their watershed knowledge! 

Wetlands Educational Resources
Wetland related activities, guides, curriculums, videos and more from the EPA. 
 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Aquatic Invasive Species Educational Resources
Resources for educating the public about aquatic invasive species. 

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force
The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species. The Task Force's website is home to a variety of nuisance species resources related to impactsspecies of concernpreventionmonitoringcontroleducation, and more. 

Aquatic Resource Education Grant
The Aquatic Resource Education Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas fish and wildlife agencies for angler education, developing outdoor ethics, stewardship and conservation to increase the public understanding of the nation’s water resources and associated aquatic life forms. The Aquatic Resource Education Program is part of the Sport Fish Restoration Program

Careers in Conservation
Information from the USFWS on careers in fish and aquatic conservation. 

Climate Change Webpage - Southeast Region Office
Information and resources on climate change in the southeast. 

Invasive Aquatic Species
Invasive aquatic species in the US organized into highlow, and uncertain risk categories. 

Migration Station
This webpage contains educational resources on fish migration. 

National Conservation Training Center
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a variety of conservation related courses. Some are in person / on-campus courses while others are offered online. Topics include climate change, ecology and field biology, environmental education, watercraft safety, outreach and partnerships and more. 

Outreach and Education - KY and TN Field Offices
Both the Tennessee and Kentucky field offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides information to the public concerning threatened and endangered species as well as other resource-oriented issues in Tennessee.  Presentations, informational booths, and outdoor exercises are some of the activities provided to school groups, civic organizations, college classes, etc.,  related to threatened and endangered species, neotropical migratory bird species (mostly songbirds), raptors (eagles, hawks, owls), law enforcement issues related to the Endangered Species Act and other legislation used to protect our wildlife resources.  We also provide educational material (brochures, fliers, fact sheets, etc.) related to these issues to better enhance learning opportunities for all. 

Rapid Assessment and Response to New Introductions of Aquatic Invasive Species
Rapid assessment and response involves assessing the size of the infestation relative to the resources and tools that are available to completely remove the infestation (“eradication”). Visit this USFWS webpage to learn more. 

Scientific Journals of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishes two online peer reviewed publications focused on the practical application and integration of applied science to wildlife conservation and management—the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management and the revitalized North American Fauna monograph series. The service welcome submissions to both journals from all scientists—Service or otherwise. These journals are in the public domain and completely electronic, from submission through review and online publication. There are no page charges for authors and access is unlimited and free of charge; paper copies are not distributed.

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR)
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service WSFR works with states to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides oversight and/or administrative support for grant programs such as the Wildlife Restoration Grant Program, Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program, Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, Boating Infrastructure Grant Program, State Wildlife Grant Program, Multistate Grant Program, and Landowner Incentive Grant Program amongst others. 
 

U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Adventures of Junior Raindrop
This animated 1948 film shows the need for everyone to be informed about good watershed management. Raindrops, like children, become delinquent and lawless. The animation is supplemented with live action scenes showing contrasting results of poor and good watershed management.

Deeper Rivers
A Freshwaters Illustrated-Forest Service film series on the living waters of National Forests which includes The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia's Hellbenders (10 min)A Deeper Creek: The Watchable Waters of Appalachia (7 min); and Bringing Back the Brooks: Reviving the South's Trout (8 min).

Forest Service Groundwater Program
The Forest Service Groundwater Program website is home to a number of publications on groundwater including: 1) Technical Guide to Managing Ground Water Resources; 2)Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Level I Inventory Field Guide: Inventory Methods for Assessment and Planning; and 3) Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Level II Inventory Field Guide: Inventory Methods for Project Design and Analysis.

Freshwater Live
FreshWaterLIVE is a website created by the US Forest Service and other partners. Visitors to the site can learn about ways to get involved in conserving and learning about freshwater, to learn about water and watersheds, to accesslesson plans, and check out videos and interactive games. The site also lists a number of education related grants that could be used for rain gardens, gardens or other projects involving fresh water. 

Freshwater Snorkeling - Step by Step Guide
A step by step guide for establishing a freshwater snorkeling program. The guide covers funding, marketing, administration, event day information and more. 

Laurel River Lake Website - Daniel Boone National Forest
Information regarding Laurel River Lake campgrounds, boat ramps, marinas, fees, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and more. 

National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center
The focus of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center is on developing tools and science applications for the more effective management and conservation of watersheds, streams, riparian ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems on National Forests and Grasslands. The Center's focus is on environmental flows and water resource management, watershed, stream, riparian, and aquatic habitat restoration, condition, trend, and effectiveness monitoring of watershed, channel, aquatic habitat, and riparian vegetation, technology development, transfer and application, and technical Support and Training.

Urban Forestry 101
This website hosts information and educational resources on the benefits of urban forests. 

Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants Program
This program of the US Forest Service aims to 1) protect, sustain, and improve the water and watershed resources and services; 2) protect ecosystems by ensuring that proposed management activities promote conservation of biological diversity; 3) restore deteriorated ecosystems by ensuring their biological health, diversity, and productivity; 4) provide multiple benefits to people within the capabilities of ecosystems by enhancing ecosystem productivity, managing public access, and increasing environmental education; and 5) improve organizational effectiveness.

 

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
100-Year Flood
What is a 100-year flood and why don't these floods happen every 100 years? This simple fact sheet describes the statistics behind the designation and explains why regular measurements are essential.

Coloring Book - "A Journey with Water"
A USGS created educational coloring book.

Drought
This fact sheet defines and explains the drier-than-normal conditions that result in water-related problems.

Floods and Flood Plains
This easy-to-understand fact sheet describes why floods occur and discusses the basics about flood-plain designation.

Glossaries of Water Resource Terms
Glossaries covering water basics, hydrology, water quality, monitoring terms and more. 

Ground Water
This booklet describes how groundwater occurs and how its quality is assessed.

Groundwater Basics
These USGS webpages are home to resources and introductory information on groundwater level data, aquifers, water use, water quality, and more. 

Groundwater Publications - USGS Tennessee
USGS' Tennessee Water Science Center has published a number of water-information reports on groundwater. From this Web page, you can locate, view, download, or order scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by USGS scientists and partners.

Groundwater and the Rural Homeowner
This booklet provides both present and prospective rural homeowners with a basic but comprehensive description of ground water. It also presents problems one may expect to encounter with ground water and some solutions or suggestions for help with these problems.

Groundwater and Surface Water
Many natural processes and human activities affect the interactions of groundwater and surface water. The purpose of this report is to present our current understanding of the interaction of groundwater and surface water.

Hydrology Primer
A primer on hydrology and the work of hydrologists. 

Hydrography Seminar Series
The U.S. Geological Survey National Geospatial Program has initiated a series of virtual seminars to highlight the uses of hydrographic data. These seminars are intended to share success stories from users who have solved real world problems using hydrographic data, provide information about the National Hydrography Dataset and related products, and provide a virtual forum for users, similar to what might be encountered in a conference setting. 

Index of Hydrologic Terms
Common hydrologic terms, phrases, and acronyms. 

Large Floods in the United States: Where They Happen and Why
This publication describes the geographic and climatic factors that influence the occurrence and impacts of large floods in the United States.

Primer on Water Quality
Basic information from USGS about water quality. 

Publications Warehouse
The USGS Publications Warehouse provides access to over 130,000 publications written by USGS scientists over the century-plus history of the bureau. 

Rainfall Calculator
Have you ever wondered just how many gallons of water falls on an area when it rains? Use USGS's Water Science rainfall calculator to see how many gallons of water falls from the sky during a rainstorm.

Science in Your Watershed Website
The purpose of this site is to help you find scientific information organized on a watershed basis. This information, coupled with observations and measurements made by the watershed groups, provides a powerful foundation for characterizing, assessing, analyzing, and maintaining the status and health of a watershed.

Streamer
This web tool allows users click a stream and map upstream and downstream traces and generate reports for each trace (including a map of the trace; its direction, total length, and outlet waterbody; its origin’s stream name, coordinates, and elevation; and counts of the number of gages, streams, states, counties, and cities along the trace.)

Sustainability of Ground-Water Resources
This publication illustrates the hydrologic, geologic, and ecological concepts that must be considered to assure the wise and sustainable use of our precious ground-water resources.

Water Education Posters
Cartoon posters for grades K-12 on the subjects of wetlands, water use, wastewater, navigation, groundwater, coastal hazards, watersheds, water quality, and hazardous waste.

Water Resources Multimedia Products
The USGS produces many types of multimedia products. This page links visitors to offerings of photograph galleries, podcasts and sound files, videos, educational materials, aerial photos, and posters related to water. 

Water Resources Professional's Outreach Notebook; Ground Water, Grade Level 6-8
This notebook provides five lesson plans developed to help instructors and water resources professionals discuss the subject of ground water with students in grades 6-8. 

Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Program
The State Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Program is a Federal-State partnership. Institutes exist in bothKentucky and Tennessee. Each institute does the following: plans, facilitates, and conducts research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water problems; promotes technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results; provides for the training of scientists and engineers through their participation in research; provides for competitive grants to be awarded under the Water Resources Research Act.

Water Science School
These webpages house USGS educational materials on the water cyclewater propertiessurface watergroundwater and more. 

What is Groundwater?
Basic information and explanations regarding groundwater from USGS. 

 

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Animals of the Big South Fork
Information regarding animal species in the Big South Fork, including fish and mussels

Animals of Cumberland Gap
Information regarding animal species in the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, including amphibians and fish.

Animals of Fort Donelson
Information regarding animal species at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield, including amphibians andfish.

Animals of Natchez Trace
Information regarding animal species at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield, including amphibians

Animals of Stones River National Battlefield
Information regarding animal species at Stones River National Battlefield, including amphibians and fish.

Climate Friendly Parks Action Plan - Big South Fork
In 2015, Big South Fork NRRA became a certified Climate Friendly Park. Through certification, stronger strategies will be developed to mitigate more greenhouse gas emissions as well as an education plan to give visitors science based information about climate change.

Cumberland Plateau River Prairies
This webpage provides information about a unique riparian vegetation type endemic to the Cumberland Plateau known as a river scour prairie. 

Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia
The webpage contains the individual Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia files in PDF format. You may also search the encyclopedia for individual contaminants or download all the entries

Geology and History of the Cumberland Plateau
This brochure discusses both the geologic and human history of the Cumberland Plateau.

Integrated Resource Management Applications
The IRMA Portal provides easy access to National Park Service applications that manage and deliver resource information to parks, partners and the public. The searchable portal includes resources related to data and documents, research in the parks, and species in the parks. 

Junior Ranger Program - Big South Fork
This adaptation of the Junior Ranger Program was designed for children 4 to 12 years of age to help them learn about the National Park Service, the Big South Fork, and have fun too! You will need to explore the Big South Fork website, visit another park's website, do a little drawing and answer some questions. When you are finished, just mail the booklet to the park headquarters and receive a badge, a patch and a certificate.

Trail of Tears Maps
Interactive maps showing the Trail of Tears as it crossed Tennessee and Kentucky and cut through significant portions of the Cumberland River Basin. 

 

U.S. OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Handbook of Technologies for Avoidance and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
This 1998 handbook was developed by the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative. 

Technical Innovation and Professional Services - Training Opportunities
TIPS is the Technical Innovation and Professional Services, a national programmatic activity of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement that is customized to coal mining and reclamation applications. Online training opportunities include classes such as 'Introduction to GIS for Mining and Reclamation' and more. 

 

STATE RESOURCES - KENTUCKY

KY DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Local Health Department Listings
Contact information for county health department offices in Kentucky. 

Onsite Wastewater Program
The Onsite Wastewater Program is administered through local health departments and begins with the use of onsite evaluations to determine if site and soil conditions are suitable for onsite wastewater systems. Certified inspectors perform site evaluations and inspections in Kentucky and certified installers must install systems unless a homeowner wishes to install his or her own system and obtains a homeowner’s permit. This program's website includes information for registering a complaint regarding a septic system, septic system installer or septic tank pumper, as well as homeowner tips for septic systems.  

Lead Poisoning and Lead Issues
Information and resources related lead related laws and safety. 

Mercury Information Page
Information and resources related mercury and mercury exposure.
 

KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Asian Carp Information
KDFWR has been working with private fish processors, commercial fishermen, state and federal legislators, foreign businesses, and many local, state and federal agencies to foster interest in the removal of Asian carp. This webpage contains information and resources related to Asian carp identification and distribution and even includes resources for preparing and cooking Asian carp. The site also includes 2014 and 2015 annual reports to Congress on the threat and management of Asian carp. 

Conservation Education Program
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has nineteen full time Conservation Educators (CE’s) that present wildlife conservation programs in Kentucky schools and recruit for our summer conservation camps. CE’s are professionals in their field and are also trained in the instruction of outdoor skills such as fishing, hunter education, archery, and Project WILD. All public, private, and home schools are all eligible to receive our in-school programs free of charge. Programs are designed for students in grades 4, 5, and 6. Past program topics include: Endangered Species, Wildlife Habitat, Kentucky Fish, Amphibians, and more. 

Fish ID Guides
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources offers several guides for identifying aquatic species including the Departments Fish ID webpages and Fish ID Booklet. 

Habitat How-To's
The "Habitat How-To" documents below cover some of the more common habitat management practices when developing an overall farm plan. How-To's include guides for shallow water wetlands, streamside management, wildlife water holes, planting trees and shrubs and more. 

How to Fish
Resources for learning to fish. 

Hunting Education Course
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Hunter Education regulation requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 and age 12 or older to have a hunter education course completion card in their possession while hunting, as well as the appropriate Kentucky hunting license.

Hunting and Trapping Guide 2016-2017
A guide with information on when and where to hunt, obtaining licenses and permits, recording, checking, tagging and transporting hunted animals, youth hunting and more. 

Kentucky Afield
Kentucky Afield Magazine is published four times a year. It gives insider tips about the best hunting and fishing in the state. The annual calendar features outstanding photography, proposed season dates, nature notes and tips to help enjoy Kentucky's great outdoors. Kentucky Afield Television is the longest continuously-running outdoors television show in the nation. This webpage allows visitors to watch full episodes online. Kentucky Afield Radio is hosted by KY Fish & Wildlife and broadcasting veteran Charlie Baglan, and the program provides insightful information from experts in the field and department professionals.

Project Wild
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The program is designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade. Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children and adults have in wildlife by providing hands-on activities that enhance student learning in all subject and skill areas. Project WILD educational materials are provided to educators through practical, interactive workshops.

Stream Restoration Video
Educational video from the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources on stream restoration. 

Teachers Guides
Teaching resources for educating students about the ecosystems of big riverssmall streamsstreams generally, wetland sloughs, and upland reservoirs.

Wildlife Diversity Program
The Wildlife Diversity Program works with wildlife species through research, management, and education. We strive to enhance wildlife diversity, and promote sustainable use of those resources including protection of threatened and endangered species, species of greatest conservation need within Kentucky’s Wildlife Action Plan, their habitats and protection of sensitive areas. This webpage includes links to information on Kentucky's biodiversity including species of amphibians, fish, and freshwater mussels and snails. 

 

KY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Green Resources for Businesses, Communities, and Individuals
Modules, case studies and other reference materials to help communities, businesses and individuals with their environmental efforts.  Topics covered include brownfields, environmental compliance assistance, operator certification and licensing, the KY Excel program, and other green resources. 

Green Hospitality Webpage
The Green Hospitality Web page is a place where owners, restaurant managers and hospitality professionals can learn ways to green their processes, measure those results and communicate the impacts to a public who is increasingly making more sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services. Resources include the Green Hospitality ManualBed and Breakfast Checklist, a performance worksheet, an electricity use tracker, and a water use tracker.

Sustainable Sporting Events
The Department of Compliance Assistance is developing training and materials that will help various sporting venues assess their operations, make goals for improvement and make changes that will make them sustainable both environmentally and monetarily. This webpage has additional information about this program a resources for sporting venues, including horse racing.


KY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
Art and Writing Contest
Thousands of students have participated in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing contests since their introduction in 1974 and 1944, respectively.  The contests educate students on soil, water, forestry and wildlife conservation. Students take the knowledge they have gained and transform it into creative art work and essays. Students can earn monetary prizes on the county, regional and state levels. They are also recognized each year by conservation districts around the state.

Environmental Grants
Through the Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share program, the Soil and Water Conservation Commission is able to provide environmental grants to conservation districts to reduce agricultural non-point source pollution of surface or groundwater.  These grants are provided for projects that educate the public about pollution problems and demonstrate effective alternatives, as well as those that encourage the adoption of new management techniques or measures.The maximum grant amount is $7,500, and the maximum cost share rate is 75 percent.

Envirothon
Each team that competes in the Envirothon has five students. These teams are tested on their knowledge of Kentucky’s natural resources at five “in the field” test stations, each covering a separate topic addressing soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current environmental issue. The event works much like an athletic competition with the regional winners advancing to the state competition, and the state winners advancing to the international North American Envirothon. 

Scholarships
The Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts Auxillary sponsors three $1,000 scholarships each year. The George Crafton Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors, the Natural Resource Scholarship is for college students and the Betty Barrick Non-Traditional Scholarship is for college students who are at least 25 years old. Those applying for the scholarship will need to be qualified young men and women that are interested in agriculture and natural resources fields.

 

KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
State Nurseries and Tree Seedlings
The Kentucky Division of Forestry operates two seedling nurseries for the purpose of planting on public and privately-owned land. These nurseries are located at Gilbertsville in Marshall County near the Kentucky Dam and at Grassy Creek in Morgan County near the town of West Liberty. Division nurseries offer 51 different species of hardwoods and conifers for sale for planting on open crop or pasture land, developing a Christmas tree plantation, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving urban areas and reclaiming surface mining sites. This webpage offers tree seedling planting instructions and seedling descriptions and fact sheets

Tree Planting Tips
A guide to planting trees from the KY Division of Forestry.
 

KY DIVISION OF WATER
Drinking Water Acronyms and Definitions
Definitions of drinking water acronyms. 

Groundwater Awareness
Basic information is on this webpage about groundwater concerns. 

Information for Water Treatment Professionals in Kentucky
This page has resources for all drinking water professionals associated with a public water system in Kentucky. The division of water also includes a page with listed technical resources

Kentucky's Water Health Guide
Kentucky's Water Health Guide is a summary of the current and historic conditions, activities, trends and impacts on the health of the rivers and streams that flow through the Commonwealth. This report describes the natural conditions of the streams and lakes in Kentucky, such as the types of rocks and soils, the land features, the types of vegetation, the quality of the water and how it moves. It also describes the human activities and influences, such as: building and maintenance of homes, businesses, and industries; raising of crops and livestock; treatment of human waste; recreational activities; timber cutting; mining; construction and maintenance of water lines, sewer lines, roads, pipelines, and other types of infrastructure that support human populations.

Kentucky Water Watch
The Water Watch program is dedicated to helping you protect Kentucky's streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. The program accomplishes its goals through community education initiatives, community leadership, community action and water quality monitoring projects. KY Water Watch volunteers throughout Kentucky collect water quality data on the state's rivers and streams. A list of Water Watch groups can be organized by county, city, water body, affiliation or contact. 

Project Wet Foundation
This webpage has information about the Project WET Foundation — an international not-for-profit water resources education program. Project WET’s goal is to provide scientifically accurate and educationally sound water resources education materials, training courses, and networking services to citizens, organizations, governments and corporations. The Project WET host institution in Kentucky is the Kentucky Division of Water. This webpage has information on become a Project Wet Educator or arranging for an educator to present in your area. 

Story Map Viewer
This gallery includes Kentucky Division of Water Story Map and Map Tour applications created with Esri's arcgis.com templates. The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection Information Section collaborated with the Division of Water to prepare the content for each application. Cumberland Basin relevant story maps include an interactive Kentucky Wild Rivers map and a Kentucky Wetlands map. 

Water Health Portal
The water healthy portal includes information regarding the health status of Kentucky surface waters and allows users to connect to studies and reports on various streams and identify Kentucky's 'Outstanding State Resource Waters.'

Water Resource Information System (WRIS)
The WRIS is comprised of strategic plans, water resource maps and publications, systems management information, reporting and regulatory requirements, guidance and training documents, procedural guidance and forms for project implementation and funding, and internet links to support services. Interactive maps in the system support planning and regionalization efforts. The interactive maps also facilitate drought monitoring and response, and rapid response to contamination emergencies. The GIS contains data for water and wastewater treatment facilities, water lines, water sources, storage facilities, sewer lines, and a database of non-spatial systems information. The GIS provides the fundamental data needed for the planning and emergency response activities. Using the GIS infrastructure data in computer models allows for cost-effective analysis of engineering alternatives, and facilitates the efficiencies needed to meet the needs of Kentucky's infrastructure development.

Watershed Planning Guidebook
This guidebook provides planning guidance to groups involved in watershed management efforts. It provides a step-by-step process that Kentucky communities may use to create an effective watershed plan.

Watershed Watch
Since 1997, Watershed Watch in Kentucky has trained nearly 4,000 volunteers and currently has approximately 2,000 volunteers that continue to sample across the state. There are monitoring stations in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.Volunteers are trained on how to take a qualified water sample that is analyzed by professional labs. They are also trained on how to perform basic water quality field data, consisting of dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity. Volunteers can also be trained to perform biological and habitat assessments. Watershed Watch organizations in the Cumberland River Basin include the Upper Cumberland River Watershed Watch and the Four Rivers Watershed Watch. Data gathered across Kentucky can be viewed here

 

STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
The Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee's Palustrine Communities
Information about the natural history and vegetation of Tennessee's palustrine systems, including herbaceous wetlands and forested and wooded wetlands

Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee Project
There is currently no photographic and descriptive guide to the landscapes and natural communities of Tennessee that is available to scientists, land managers, conservationists, and students of ecology and related fields. The goal of this project is to prepare the first comprehensive classification of Tennessee's natural landscape and communities. This state-level classification is intended to compliment and enhance, not compete with, the existing NatureServe Ecological Systems Classification (http://explorer.natureserve.org) and the National Vegetation Classification (www.usnvc.org). 

Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee's Riverine Systems
Information about the natural history and vegetation of Tennessee's riverine systems, including stream bottomsstream beds, and stream shores

Stormwater Runoff at Austin Peay State University
This webpage contains information about stormwater runoff, why it's a problem, how to help mitigate its impacts, and how to report related environmental incidents such as dumping or other discharges to stormwater drains. It also provides information about the University's efforts to manage stormwater. 


KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Geology of Kentucky
Maps, descriptions, and other general resources on Kentucky's geology.

Groundwater Resources in Kentucky Counties
Groundwater information for every county across Kentucky. 

Karst Webpages
Webpages with general information about karst, where it's locatedgroundwater in karst aquifersfloodingvulnerability to pollution and more. Additional more technical resources are available such as KGS research on karst, a glossary of karst terms, and more. 

Publications and Map Catalogue
Publications and maps from the KY Geological Survey. 

Oil and Gas Fact Sheet
Basic information about oil and natural gas resources in Kentucky. 

Oil and Gas Webpages
Webpages with general information about oil and natural gas, production, resources, and more. 

Oil and Natural Gas Resources Webpage
A webpage with a collection of research, maps, and basic information about oil and natural gas in Kentucky. Links connect visitors to basic information about oil and natural gas, dataresearch, a searchable oil and gas well database and more. 

Timeline of Oil and Gas History
A timeline of the development of the petroleum industry with emphasis on Kentucky.

Water in Kentucky
General information about water in Kentucky. Includes a fact sheetFAQ document, information about karst, and Cumberland River Basin maps of the Upper Cumberland region and the Four Rivers Region


KY STATE NATURE PRESERVCES COMMISSION
Educational Opportunities
Educational opportunities are available on those preserves open to the general public. Teachers and professors are encouraged to take advantage of these “outdoor classrooms” for instructional use in any discipline. While no curricula have been developed specifically for use at the majority of the preserves, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council and the Jefferson County Public School System have examples and sources of materials for use on-site.

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
KSNPC creates, maintains and publishes a variety of publications on rare plants, animals and natural communities in Kentucky. This webpage houses these publications. The Commission's bookstore includes titles such as "An Illustrated Guide to Biodiversity," "A Distributional Atlas of Kentucky Fishes," "Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Kentucky," and "A Guide to the Freshwater Mussels of Kentucky."

Species Fact Sheets
Fact sheets for select plants, insects, trees, and invasive exotic plants.


KY WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Fellowship Program
Under the Fellowship program, NWRI awards funding to graduate students in the U.S. conducting research related to water resources and treatment. Please note that students must be currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program at a U.S. university to receive a Fellowship. Students who have not yet been accepted into a graduate program at a U.S. university are not eligible to receive Fellowship funding.

 

STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE

TN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund
The ARCF provides cost-share assistance to Tennessee landowners to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce agricultural water pollution. A wide range of BMPs are available for cost-share, from those that curtail soil erosion to ones that help to remove pollutants from water runoff from agricultural operations. Landowners may be eligible to receive up to 75% of the cost of a BMP installation. Part of the fund is also available for educational projects which raise awareness of soil erosion/water quality problems and promote BMP use. 

Nonpoint Source Program, EPA Section 319
To address nonpoint source pollution, Congress established the Nonpoint Source Program, funded by the US-EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture administers the Nonpoint Source Program in Tennessee on behalf of US-EPA.  This program, created in 1987, provides funds to states, territories and Indian tribes for installing Best Management Practices to stop NPS pollution; providing training, education, and demonstrations; and monitoring water quality. This webpage has links to department of agriculture Watershed CoordinatorsNonpoint Source FAQsNPS Success StoriesNPS Annual Report; and the 319 Management Program Document.

Landscaping, Gardening, and Pest Control Storm Water BMP Brochure
This pamphlet provides landscapers, gardeners, and pest controllers with information for preventing pollution from entering streams and rivers from polluted storm water. It contains general information and tips, as well as home and garden pesticide alternatives, pesticide disposal, and more. 

Land and Water Conservation Funds (LWCF) Grants
The LWCF program provides matching grants to states, and through the state to local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Recreation Educational Services administers the LWCF grants. These grants require a 50% match.

Pathways to Trail Building
The intent of this 4th edition of a Tennessee Recreation Trails Manual is to help understand the dynamics of designing and building non-motorized trails. Trail builders will learn the joy of discovering new places and the feelings of accomplishment from walking back over a newly constructed section of trail. This manual is just one of many resources that government agencies and non-government organizations have developed to promote the art and science of trail building. An index of resources can be found at the back of this document. 

Permanent Stormwater Management Training Website
The Permanent Stormwater Management Training website is available to design engineers and architects as well as plan reviewers and other local municipal program personnel. These courses and resources provide insights on avoidance and minimization approaches to site layout, design guidance on specific permanent stormwater control measures, and experience using tools developed to assist designers and plan reviewers with implementation of runoff reduction and pollutant removal requirements.

Storm Water Best Management Practices Automotive Maintenance & Car Care
This pamphlet tells you how to prevent automotive and car care pollutants from entering our streams and rivers during storms via stormwater runoff. Guidance is offered on spills, washing vehicles, fluids, parts cleaning, cleaning work sites, fueling vehicles, recycling, and employee and customer education. 

Stormwater Design Guidelines for Karst Terrain
Insight into design guidelines for Karst Terrain from within the Permanent Stormwater Management Manual. 

Stormwater Management
A stormwater management guide for auto recycler owners and operators. Practices in this guide describe options that facilities can implement to help address stormwater issues. The guide also links readers to additional guides and resources. Additional auto salvage resources are located here

Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program
The Tennessee Recreation Initiative Program apportions grant money to cities and counties who lack professional parks and recreational director and do not provide a comprehensive recreation delivery system in their community. These grants are a three-year commitment, $50,000 grant matched by the communities. 

TN Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool
The Tennessee Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool (TNRRAT) was designed to help engineers, landscape architects, and other designers to create successful permanent stormwater management designs that protect water quality and meet the Tennessee MS4 Permanent Stormwater Permit requirements. This webpage offers additional information about the tool including a TNRRAT description document and a video tutorial series


TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Guidance for What to Do with a Well After a Flood
This guidance is intended to assist well owners on precautions to take after a flood event submerges the top of the well casing. 

Source Water Assessment Program
The Source Water Assessment Program assesses the potential contamination of public water system ground water and surface water sources. This webpage includes links to TN's 2003 Source Water Assessment Report, a 2009 Protection of Potable Water Supplies in TN Watersheds report, and source water videos 'Protecting the Source' and 'True Source Water Stories.' 

Water Quality Reports and Publications
This webpage includes links to water quality laws, rules, general information and planning documents, water quality assessment documents (including 305b and 303d lists) and technical/engineering documents. 

Watershed Events (Public Engagement) Map
This map features watershed related public engagement opportunities and events across the state. Watershed boundaries show which events are taking place in which watersheds. 

Water Withdrawal Registration Program
The Division of Water Resources collects information on the withdrawal and use of water within Tennessee. The information is used to identify water uses and resources that may require management at critical times, especially drought conditions. The purpose of the program is to protect the water resources of Tennessee from over-utilization. This webpage includes Groundwater 305b Water Quality Reports and the withdrawal videos 'Hollow Ground: The Land of Caves, Sinkholes and Springs' and 'Drops of Water in Oceans of Sand.'


TN STORMWATER ASSOCIATION
BMP Handbooks
The Tennessee Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Handbooks have provided excellent guidance to the stormwater community since their first publication in 2000. Refined and updated since, the handbooks are the standard reference for stormwater quality management in Tennessee. Within the Cumberland River Basin, a BMP handbook for the City of Nashville is provided. Handbooks for cities across the rest of the state include ChattanoogaKnoxville, and Memphis

Citizens Guide to Understanding Stormwater
Educational information about urban and agricultural stormwater issues. 

Stormwater Resources
Stormwater quality management involves a large and diverse range of issues and information, including a basic explanation of stormwater runoff. This section provides ready access to the most pertinent and up-to-date resources for the stormwater quality practitioner.

TN Association of Broadcasters
TAB is the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, which partners with TNSA in order to create professionally developed Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcements (NCSAs) broadcasted to over 100 radio stations throughout the state. NCSAs are similar to the more well-known Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in that both are broadcast at no charge.  Due to TNSA’s relationship with TAB, all subscribing MS4s will be provided with airtime reporting, which can be included in your annual report as credit towards your stormwater education and outreach program.  

TN Stormwater Association Membership
A variety of membership options for MS4s or other organizations with an interest in stormwater.

TN Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook
This handbook is intended to help those who want to protect our waterways by establishing buffers across our state’s rapidly changing landscape including: Local governments (public works, parks, or stormwater departments); Non-governmental organizations (watershed groups); Community groups (civic groups); and Water-side property owners (homeowners, HOAs). 


TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
Hunter Education Program
Information about TN's Hunter education program including courses, FAQs, and more. 

Just for Kids
Youth program and web resources for kids. This page includes a printable First Fish Award CertificateCampsite Bingo, a Wildlife Activity Coloring Book, and more. 

Managing Small Ponds and Fishing Lakes in Tennessee
Although ponds and small lakes provide many important and practical benefits: erosion control, livestock watering, swimming, irrigation and wildlife enhancement, the information found in "Managing Small Fishing Ponds and Lakes in Tennessee" has been prepared to encourage Tennessee landowners to plan, construct and manage their ponds and small lakes properly for recreational fishing. TWRA's Fish for Stocking in New or Renovated Ponds also provides helpful stocking related information. 

Nature@Noontime
Hosted by the Information and Education Division, Nature @ Noontime is held the first Thursday of each month with the exception of July. TWRA Nature @ Noontime presentations are about natural resources related topics and last about 30-45 minutes, allowing time for discussion during the allotted lunch hour. Contact Don King (615) 781-6502 or by e-mail: don.king@tn.gov for more information.

Safety Tips
Motor boat related safety tips on the subjects of water skiing, persons overboard, passengers, fueling, weather, and more.  

Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife Program
A website with information about TN's birdsmammalsamphibiansreptiles, and insects. The site includes lists of the best places for wildlife viewing in TN, educational tools, and more. 

Tennessee Outdoor Youth Summits (TOYS)
Headquartered at the Montgomery Shooting Complex in the community of Southside near Clarksville, TOYS attracts high-school aged students from across the state. It teaches our youth about the outdoors. It covers topics such as fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, wildlife identification, outdoors photography, biology, firearm safety, archery, trap and skeet shooting, boating and boating safety, and so much more. Students interested in a professional career in natural resources also have the opportunity to experience outings that provide insight into actual professional management (e.g. electro-fishing, aging fish, controlled burning). 

Tree ID Guide
An all season pocket guide to identifying common Tennessee trees. 

Tree Planting Guide
A tree planting guide for small, bare-root seedlings in Tennessee. 

Uniform State Waterway Marking System
Tennessee uses the uniform system of buoys and markers that are standard in the United States. These buoys and markers are placed for your assistance and safety. In addition to written messages on the buoys, there are a variety of colors, shapes and symbols which aid in the recognition of a particular buoy. This webpage provides an explanation of how the buoys may be used and interpreted. 

Wildlife Magazine
Tennessee Wildlife Magazine is the official publication of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. It is published quarterly and provides our agency an excellent way to communicate with everyone interested in the great Tennessee Outdoors. Within its pages over time you'll find interesting stories about all species of wildlife in Tennessee.
 

U.T. EXTENSION
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
General information about TN CAFOs and CAFO related regulation in Tennessee. 

Rain Barrels Make Good Sense
Information about rain barrels, their benefits, and how to construct, install, and maintain your own. 

Rain Gardens for Tennessee
Information about UT's Rain Gardens for TN program. Resources include a rain garden builders guide, video of a rain garden being built, and a rain garden database and webmap

Rain Garden Toolkit
Resources for creating or educating others on building a rain garden. Resources include the Rain Garden Builders Guide, Rain Gardens Educator's ToolkitRain Gardens for Tennessee Site Summary, and Rain Garden Facts and Tips.

Rainwater: Your Liquid Asset A Home Stormwater Exercise
Information for helping homeowners what happens to stormwater on their property and how to mitigate stormwater pollution. 

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. 

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)
Basic information about Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. Crop and livestock farms often use fuel and oil storage tanks to supply diesel fuel for on-farm equipment and to store used oil. Many agricultural producers don’t realize that a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan is a regulatory requirement if certain conditions are met on their farm. In addition to the SPCC plan, these regulations will likely require farms to upgrade their storage facilities to prevent and control oil spills and to have a cleanup plan ready in case a spill occurs. University of Tennessee Extension publication W250, The Agricultural Producers' Comprehensive Guide to Federal Oil Pollution Prevention Guidelines, explains how these regulations apply to your farm and how you can develop and implement a SPCC plan. 

Stormwater Glossary
This glossary of stormwater-related terms was created to ensure the use of common terminology amongst stormwater management professionals, elected officials and citizens of Tennessee. 

Strategic Business Plan
The UT Extension Service's Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Economic Development Strategic Plan. 

Teacher Resources - Backyard STEM for Tennessee 4-H
A webpage with a variety of environmental stewardship related teaching resources organized by soils, water and watersheds, wildlife and ecology, and more. Water and watershed related resources include teacher modules on Nutrient Pollution and Eutrophication, Stormwater Mapping, Sediments and Water Quality, Benthic Macroinvertibrates, Rain Gardens, Soil Water Holding Capacity, and Watershed Mapping. 

Trainings and Programs
Educational opportunities related to stormwater management. Past events have included watershed symposiums, stormwater management training, rain garden trainings, stream restoration workshops, and more. 

UT Tree Improvement Program
The Program’s research is directed toward improving the production and quality in various forest tree species planted by Tennessee landowners, while protecting the genetic resources of tree species at risk from exotic pests.

Watershed Restoration and Management Program
The UT Watershed Management program provides needed information to those working to protect our natural water resources and prevent nonpoint source pollution. See the program's planning model to understand how it is making a difference for Tennesseans. Resources are available for farmershomeownersteachers, and communities. The Watershed Restoration and Management Program'sresource library contains over 100 water related documents, plans, and pages. 

Water Quality Best Management Practices Calendar
This calendar provides ideas on how you can improve your operation and practice stewardship.


U.T. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
Guide to the Selection & Design of Stormwater Best Management Practices (2003)
This manual provides general guidance in developing and implementing postconstruction best management practices (BMPs) for both stormwater runoff quality and quantity (flow). Topics covered include non-structural practices such as: Comprehensive Planning; Zoning, Ordinances, and Codes; Landscaping and Vegetative Control Practices; Public Outreach and Education; Good Housekeeping; Urban Stormwater Pollution Prevention Planning; and Non-Stormwater Discharges to Storm Drains. Structural practices covered include basin ponds; constructed wetlands; infiltration systems; and filtering systems.  

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.'

Watershed Minor
UT has developed an interdisciplinary watershed minor for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to develop expanded skills in watershed science/engineering, planning and design, and culture and policy issues related to water. This minor is housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. It first became available as an option beginning with the Fall 2012 catalog.

Watershed Symposium
The UT Watershed Faculty Consortium and TNWRRC invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Watershed Symposium on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Hollingsworth Auditorium on Ag Campus. This year's symposium will focus on showcasing to university students the breadth of career opportunities in water-related fields and will feature a "Careers in Water" career expo. Industry representatives from government agency, private consulting, non-profit and education organizations will be on site with information about the career opportunities in their organization.

Web Resources
Web resources for water related: Federal Agencies and National OrganizationsRegional Agencies and Regional OrganizationsState of Tennessee Agencies and OrganizationsStormwater Programs in TennesseeWatershed Organizations Active within TennesseeState Trade Organizations.
 

VOLUNTEER TN
Service Learning Program
Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. For example, if school students collect trash out of an urban streambed, they are providing a valued service to the community as volunteers. If school students collect trash from an urban streambed, analyze their findings to determine the possible sources of pollution, and share the results with residents of the neighborhood, they are engaging in service-learning. This webpage offers additional information about the program, service learning itself, and service learning training opportunities
 

TN SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Awards and Scholarships
Agriculture and conservation related awards and scholarship programs. 

Soil Health Documents
A number of documents on the subject of soil health.

Soil Health FAQ
Frequently asked soil health questions and answers. Water related topics covered include cover crops, tillage, plant diversity and more. 

Soil Health Videos
Educational videos about a variety of water related topics including no till, cover crops, rotational grazing, herd management, and water quality. 
 

U.T. MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICE
FAQs Regarding NPDES Phase II Industrial Permit Notices
Frequently asked questions regarding NPDES Phase II Industrial Permit Notices. 

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Municipal Housekeeping
This side provides a list of stormwater related good housekeeping resources. Resources include: Advanced Storage Technology - Salt Storage Product InformationClean Water (National PTA)Cleaning Up Stormwater RunoffDo's and Don'ts Around the HomeInlet EtiquetteLawn & Garden FertilizersLawn & Garden PesticidesLawn WateringLawn Weed ControlMaintaining Your BMP- Guidebook for Private OwnersMaintaining Your Stormwater Management StructureManaging Leaves and Yard TrimmingsManaging Your Household WasteEnvironmental Guideline Document How to be Green and Stay in the BlackPet Waste and Water QualityPolluted Urban RunoffRethinking Yard Care HandoutShoreline Plants and Landscaping; and Storm Sewers: Rivers Beneath Our Feet.

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Illicit Discharges
This side provides a list of stormwater illicit discharge resources. Resources include: Car Care for Cleaner WaterDo's and Don'ts: Implementing a Successful Illicit ProgramEPA - Pressure Wash/Power Wash DischargesWayne County (Mich.) Illicit Connection ProgramHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection CenterNorth Hawthorne Street Household
Pipe Detectives Volunteer ProgramRecycles-Spring Clean-Up for Area WatershedsStorm Drain Markers;  Stormwater Management for HomeownersUnderstanding and Caring for Your Standard Septic Tank System; and Where Do I Take It?

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Public Education
This side provides a list of stormwater educational resources. Resources include: Building Green InfrastructureEducating young people about waterEnviroscape Newsletter and Catalog"Keeping current---Kids and Spray Paint""Polluted"Quiz Your Water SmartsSave Our Streams CatalogStormwater Preventive Maintenance program (Door Hanger); EPA Watershed News
"When it Rains, It Drains : What Everyone Should Know About Stormwater" and more.  

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Public Involvement
This side provides a list of stormwater public involvement resources. Resources include: EPA Preliminary Data Summary of Urban Storm Water Best Management Practices StudyGeorgia Adopt-A-Stream ResourcesGive Water a HandMinnesota Association of Watershed DistrictsYou Did See a Fish ... (Door Hanger); What is Volunteer Monitoring? and more. 

 

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

COOKEVILLE
Consumer Confidence Report

Information about the quality of drinking water in Cookeville, contaminants in drinking water, precautions, taste and odor, and ways to become involved. 
 

HENDERSONVILLE
After the Storm
A citizens guide to understanding stormwater.

Stormwater Education Presentations
Hendersonville has made available stormwater education presentations for adultschildren, and developers

Storm Water Quality Program
Basic information about Hendersonville's stormwater quality program. 
 

HOPKINSVILLE
MS4 Webpage
Information about Hopkinsville's MS4 program, covering the City's efforts in education and outreach, illicit dicharges, construction site runoff, post-construction runoff control, and more. 

Water Conservation
Water conservation tips from the City of Hopkinsville.

Water Quality Concerns
A document created by the City that addresses common water quality concerns.
 

BRENTWOOD
Capacity Management Program

The concept of capacity management was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to reduce sewer system overflows. The Capacity, Management, Operation & Maintenance Program or C.M.O.M., was established to help sewer system’s develop standard management, operations and maintenance activities that aid in preventing, finding and correcting system problems contributing to sewer overflows.  

Water Services Department
The City of Brentwood, TN Water Services Department’s web site. Here you’ll find information pertaining to daily operations, rules and regulations for constructing water and sewer facilities and public education. 

Water Line Flushing Program
The Water & Sewer Department conducts a comprehensive water line flushing program throughout the Water Service Area. Flushing is a process that rapidly removes water from the City’s water piping system. Flushing uses water force to scour out materials that accumulate in the City’s pipes. Water pipes are usually flushed by opening fire hydrants.
 

CLARKSVILLE
Backflow and Cross Connection
Educational information about backflow and cross connection issues and what can be done to prevent them from occurring. 

Clarksville Fire Hydrant Flushing Program
Fire hydrant flushing is a routine maintenance process where hydrants are turned on to allow water to flow for several hours. Flushing is necessary to remove sediment and iron compounds from water mains and to circulate the water to help prevent stagnant water problems from developing.

Fats Oils and Grease Program
Clarksville Gas and Water has identified improper disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) as a major cause of damaging and costly sewer overflows in our sewer collection system. Clarksville addresses the issue with our proven FOG program. This webpage provides more information and what you can do to help. 

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


FRANKLIN
Cross Connection Program
The goal of the City of Franklin Water Management Department is to supply safe water to every customer under all foreseeable circumstances. Each instance where water is used improperly so as to create the possibility of backflow due to cross connections threatens the health and safety of customers and chances of realizing this goal. This webpage includes additional information about Cross Connections and includes the City's Cross Connection Control Plan and links to Tennessee Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies and the Tennessee Backflow Prevention Association.

Education and Outreach - Stormwater
This webpage offers residential tips to reduce stormwater pollution. 

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Franklin aims to identify and eliminate illicit discharges to ensure protection of the environment, proper clean-up of materials, and increasing public awareness of ways to protect the environment by preventing harmful discharges and accidental spills. The program includes the starting of field screening, stream inspections, wet weather monitoring, and complaint response. This educational handout provides examples of illicit stormwater discharges. 

Reporting Pollution
This webpage allows visitors to report stormwater pollution. This educational handout provides examples of illicit stormwater discharges. 

Stormwater User Fee
Information about the City of Franklin's Stormwater User Fee, user fee credits, and answers to frequently asked questions. 

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

Water Division Homepage
This page is home to information about Franklin's Water Treatment Plant. It contains links to the City's Water Treatment Plan Upgrades, a map of the City's Water Utility District, annual drinking water quality reports dating back to 2010. 


MURFREESBORO
Best Management Practices for Businesses
Murfreesboro's guides for reducing stormwater pollution from restaurantsautomotive and car careautomotive businesses and parking lots, and when pressure washing  buildings, parking, restaurant lots, gas stations.

Best Management Practices for Homeowners
Resources for helping homeowners manage stormwater pollution. Resources include: the Homeowners Guide to Cleaner Water; how toCreate a Streamside Buffer25 Ways to Prevent Water WasteHow to Make a Rain GardenHow to Make a Rain BarrelHow to Recycle Used OilOil Recycling LocationsSummertime Tips for Water Quality; a Storm Drain Labeling Fact Sheet and Storm Drain Labeling Request Form; and Grass Clipping Disposal and Fertilizer Usage Information.

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 and fixing leaks

Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Protection
This website is home to information about these issues and Murfreesboro's efforts to address them. The page links visitors to a Cross-Connection Control Procedures Manual and a list of cross-connection certified plumbers.

Fats, Oils, and Grease Management
FOG is Fats, Oils and Grease that is generated in restaurants and in your home as a by-product of handling and preparing food for consumption. This webpage covers basic information about the problems associated with fats, oils, and grease, the do's and don'ts of disposal and additional resources such as Grease Trap / Interceptor and Sampling Box Specifications; a Grease Control Equipment Sizing Spreadsheet; and 2016 Grease Control Equipment Service Providers, and answers FAQs

GIS Maps
Interactive, water-related maps from the City of Murfreesboro include and Advanced Metering Infrastructure Map (locations that meters are currently being installed), a Water, Sewer, and Repurified Water Map, a Stormwater Map (flow direction for City Stormwater), and a Stream Assessment Map (visual stream assessment points and other stream characteristics). 

Grass Clippings and Fertilizer Use Information
Information for homeowners on responsibly disposing of grass clippings and applying fertilizers. 

Stormwater Map
An interactive map showing where stormwater goes after it lands anywhere in the City. 

Stream Monitoring
The Stormwater Department performs several different forms of monitoring and sampling in local streams and in the storm sewer system, as part of the city’s stormwater program required by federal and state regulations and permit. This website has additional information about this program and links visitors to the Bear Branch Watershed Plan with the US Army Corps of Engineers and visual stream assessments for East Fork Stones River WatershedLytle Creek WatershedMiddle Fork Stones RiverOverall Creek WatershedSinking Creek Stream, and Upper West Fork Stones. The site also houses several stream assessment videos shot at Bear Branch Creek, where the City was found trash and sediment and checked the streams pH, conductivity and temperature. 

Streamside Buffers
In 2007, Murfreesboro established a Water Quality Protection Area (WQPA) policy and ordinance. This policy requires that any new land development alongside a stream should establish a 35 or 50 foot buffer, depending on the size of the stream. Residences built in or after 2007 and are located next to a stream, the yard is most likely platted with a WQPA. This is a protected area, a no-touch zone with few exceptions. Residents are not allowed to remove vegetation, do earth work or construction, or apply herbicides. More information about buffer regulations are provide on this site. The page also notes that 60' wide buffer instead of a 50' wide buffers are required on stream segments where the watershed area is 640 acres or more. This map depicts the 640-acre drainage points.

What You Can Do To Reduce Stormwater Pollution
This site is home to a bit of information about water pollution and stormwater improvement programs in Murfreesboro. Phone numbers are provided for reporting erosion and sediment control problems. 
 

NASHVILLE
About Green Infrastructure
An explanation of green infrastructure provided by Clean Water Nashville. This site covers social, economic, and environmental benefits, as well as specific green infrastructure practices. Links on the page take visitors to listings of various existing green infrastructure in Nashville including green roofs, water harvesting, bioretention/bioinfiltration areas, water quality swales, and permeable pavement. 

Backflow Prevention
Information about requirements and safety practices aimed at preventing backflows. The City also provides this video for preventing backflow. 

Banner Displays Available for Checkout
Metro Water Services provides standing display banners for use at single-day or multi-day events. Banners include: Metro Water Services HistoryClean Water Begins at HomeGarden ChemicalsYard Waste DisposalSedimentScoop the PoopStorm Drains,Watersheds,Trash in Streams, and Oil and Vehicle Maintenance

Benefits of Tapwater
Learn more about how our community benefits from tap water.

Composting
Resources for Nashvillians interested in Composting. More information is available about Brush & Yard Waste CollectionThe Bordeaux Mulching FacilityBackyard Composting, and Composting with Worms.

Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment
Metro Water also offers this video about drinking water treatment, as well as a helpful interactive explanation of wastewater treatment

Canoe and Kayak with Metro Parks
Metro Parks offers opportunities to take canoe or kayak day trips, go on guided group tours, and take indoor boating skill classes. This webpage includes additional information about these programs and includes a calendar of events

Education Program Offerings
Metro Water offers free educational resources and classroom presentations concerning water, wastewater and stormwater for students of all ages. Students will learn about the value of clean, safe and dependable water and how to make sound water use decisions now and in the future. This webpage offers additional information about educational programing and includes a Journey of Your Water educational video. Metro offers other pages for requesting a Metro Water Services' speaker or requesting a Metro Water Services' program.

Flood Information
This handout has a variety of flood related information for Nashvillians. It includes information about flood warnings, flood insurance, safety, property protection, floodplains, and more. 

Greenways Interactive Map
The Greenways Interactive Map allows users to let Nashville know how they use greenways, where they think new greenway routes are needed, and where they think new trailheads improve access.  

Household Hazardous Waste
Information about what counts as household hazardous waste and resources for safely disposing of it. 

Litter
Information about how litter that doesn't end up in the trash bin can end up in our streams. This webpage includes an informational flyer, a notice for your newsletter or blog

Medication Disposal
This site provides simple tips for getting rid of unwanted medications. This site includes links to medication disposal sites, an educational booklet, an informational flyer, a drug disposal video, and a notice for newsletters or blogs

Metro Water Services History
A history of Metro Nashville's Water Services. This page also links visitors to a History of Water Services video, as well as a history of the Cumberland River video, and a history of Nashville video

Pollution Prevention Guidance
Metro Water offers pollution prevention guidance including work related guidance and home related guidance. Work related guidance covers: Pollution Prevention for Small Auto Maintenance Shops (same guide in Spanish); Dumpster GuidancePressure Washing (same guide in Spanish); Restaurant's Guide to "Good Housekeeping" (same guide in Spanish) and Mobile Carpet Washing Information. Home guidance covers: Used Oil & Antifreeze Recycling (Do It Yourself Vehicle Maintenance)Used Oil & Antifreeze Collection SitesHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection InformationLawn and Garden Maintenance.

Preventing Lead in Drinking Water
Metro Water Services (MWS) views public health as a core part of its mission. MWS consistently provides safe, reliable water services that meet or exceed all state and federal standards for public health, including compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule. This webpage is home to additional information about lead, ways to reduce your risk, and links visitors to the following resources, such as the results of lead analysis since 1995. 

Prevent Polluted Stormwater Runoff
Basic information about stormwater runoff pollution. The site includes links to an information flyer, a notice for your newsletter or blog, information about scheduling a school education program, and information about stenciling storm drains in your neighborhood. It also links visitors to a video about Stormwater Pollution Prevention. 


Tips for maintaining your lawn and garden in ways that don't contribute to or that help mitigate stormwater pollution. The site includes a Homeowners Guide to Lawn and Garden Maintenance; a link to Tennessee Smart Yards Tips; and ways to Request a Speaker for Your Garden Club or Neighborhood Meeting. The site also offers two videos about the Proper Use of Lawn Chemicals and Controlling Erosion with a Hillside Garden

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. 

Scoop the Poop
This webpage offers educational information about the importance of cleaning up after your pet. The site also offers an information flyer you can post round your neighborhood and a notice for your newsletter or blog.

Volunteer
Volunteer opportunities with Metro Water Services. Opportunities include stenciling storm drains and stream adoptions. The site includes supplies and instructions for stenciling and why it's of use, as well as information about the stream adoption program, a list of groups that have adopted streams (as well as the streams that have been adopted), and stream cleanup photos from Metro Nashville. 

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

What Not to Flush
A page that lists items that should not be flushed down toilets. When the wrong thing is flushed, results can include costly backups on your own property or problems at your local wastewater treatment plant. The site also offers an information flyer you can post round your neighborhood, a notice for your newsletter or blog.

Water Quality Reports
Annual drinking water reports for Nashville dating back to 2010. 

 

 

NON-GOVERNMENTal Organization RESOURCES

AMERICAN RIVERS
Dam and Obstruction Related Pages and Resources
A variety of dam and dam removal related resources. Titles of related pages include How Dams Damage RiversHow Dams are RemovedMaps of Dams Removed in the USBenefits of Restoring Floodplains, and New dams Won't Solve Water Supply Needs.

Energy Development and Rivers
A variety of energy development related resources. Topics include: Hydropower: Is It Really "Clean Energy?",Hydropower and Climate ChangeMining's Toxic Legacy on RiversFracking, Oil, and Gas Development, and Pipeline Failures and our Water Supplies.

Reports and Publications
A searchable list of reports and publications from American Rivers. 

Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Protecting Small Streams and WetlandsHow Stormwater Affects Your RiversSewage Pollution in RiversWater Efficiency and Conservation,"Greening" Water InfrastructurePharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our WaterThe Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers, and Healthy Rivers, Resilient Communities
 

CONSERVATION FISHERIES, INC.
Fish 
A list of fish that Conservation Fisheries has worked with over the years. Visitors to the site can click species names to learn more about these fish. 

Southern Appalachia: Pinnacle of Biodiversity
Freshwater fish diversity in the Southeast is unrivaled in the Temperate World. Our streambeds harbor many species of freshwater fish, mussels, salamanders, crayfish, and aquatic insects, many of which aren't found anywhere else. This page includes links to learn more about select species, as well as aquatic macroinvertebratesnon-game freshwater fish,freshwater mussels, and more. 

 

CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Creek Critters
Creek Critters is an interactive educational program for elementary school students, where we bring the creek to you! The goal of our Creek Critters program is to get kids interested in science and in our precious water resources at a young age.

Cumberland River Basin 101
Basic information about the Cumberland River Basin and its watersheds, including interactive maps, water quality stressors, and recreational resources.

Cumberland River Basin Profiles
In depth profiles of the Cumberland River Basin, divided into four regions. Topics covered include history, natural features, waters value, our impacts on water, watershed management and more. 

Dam Inventory, Removal and Stream Restoration
In Nashville, it may come as a surprise that a complete picture of the location and number of dams does not even exist. Working with area volunteers, we are walking streams and inventorying dams. In so doing, we’re taking the first steps towards the eventual removal of those dams that are outdated and unnecessarily impacting water quality. With your help we can begin to reconnect our waterways! This website includes a Metro Nashville Dam Inventory Map and highlights the benefits of dam removal.

Glossary of Watershed Terms
Common terms used to discuss water quality and quantity.

Life Support Curriculum
A new water conservation curriculum created by water resource professionals for students in grades 4-12. Easy to understand text, illustrations, puzzles, and lab activities help students explore the water cycle, watersheds, and the work people do to provide clean water for our use while protecting wildlife. The Compact provides this resource for free for classroom teachers, non-formal educators, and home school groups.  Thank you to the Tennessee Association of Utility Districts for their partnership and support of this program. The curriculum can be downloaded here.

Rain Gardens
We work with the public to build rain gardens in yards, at schools, churches, parks, and businesses. Rain gardens can capture and percolate tens of thousands of gallons of stormwater a year. This prevents the transport of pollutants into our waterways. The Cumberland River Compact hosts classes, offers site visits, and organizes volunteer groups to build rain gardens. We have built close to 500 rain gardens in middle Tennessee. The Rain Gardens for NashvilleGuide is available from this webpage. 

River Talks
Starting in April 2014, the Cumberland River Compact began hosting River Talks: An Educational Series at the Cumberland River Center.  River Talks encompasses five different lecture and event series spanning a wide range of topics, from history to environmental policy and more.

Stormwater Model
The stormwater model allows children to learn about how urban development, if not properly managed, can contribute to flooding.  The Compact provides demonstrations of this interactive, kid-friendly model at many of our annual events, and also provides demonstrations throughout the summer in Cumberland Park.

Street Trees
The Cumberland River Compact plants hundreds of trees every year – big trees and seedlings – along roadways and streams. Trees are the least expensive, most impactful tool we have to improve water quality. Information about this program and how-to guide for planting seedlings, watering, and best times to plant are available on this webpage. 

Waterfest
Waterfest is a free, one-day family festival all about celebrating and connecting children to our local waters. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of water quality in our watershed through fun and engaging environmental-based activities suitable for the entire family. We believe environmental awareness is an important element of community knowledge and contributes to environmentally friendly and healthy behaviors later in life. Join us this year for a dance party, prize giveaways, water slides, trivia, and much more!
 

HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
About the Watershed
Basic information about the Harpeth River Watershed including natural features, archaeological and historic significance, and water quality challenges. This page includes a map of the Harpeth River Watershed, watershed species information, Harpeth River water quality information, and more. 

Agricultural Best Management Practices
A list of 10 recommended best management practices for agricultural producers. Included are riparian buffers, no till, rotational grazing, cover crops, keeping cattle away from stream banks, getting soil and manure tests to determine proper application levels, ensure pesticide applicators are properly calibrated, and more. 

Beneficial Conservation Practices for Farmers
This guide provides information about agricultural practices that help protect your soil and water while saving you money and preventing future problems from occurring. A list of conservation practices and benefits is provided, as are funding and support programs, and resources and support for cover crops, alternate water sources for livestock, rotational grazing, phosphorous in the environment, tree plantings and riparian zone restoration, and additional general information about water quality on farms and best management practices from TN's extension office. 

Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Information about benthic macroinvertebrates and how they serve as indications of water quality. This webpage also links visitors to picture guides of macroinvertebrates. 

Chronology on Water Quality Issues
Updates on water quality issues in the Harpeth River Watershed in chronological order. 

Drinking Water
These pages contain information about Harpeth River Watershed's concerns regarding the City of Franklin's plans for expanding it's drinking water plant and increasing withdrawals from the Harpeth. News articles are provided as well as the following a materials: concerns over withdrawal's impacts to the Harpeth; issues concerning the size of the proposed plant; issues concerning costs associated with the new plant; an argument for using the Cumberland River for drinking water rather than the Harpeth; issues concerning infrastructure leakage; and concerns about sewage water being upstream of drinking water resources. 

EnviroScape
The EnviroScape is a watershed model and interactive learning tool where students learn about non-point source pollution. Using it, HRWA demonstrates the way their activities on land, like littering or not picking up after theirdog, can harm the water quality.

Historic Mound Bottom on the Harpeth
The Mound Bottom Archaeological Site, comprising 101 acres was purchased by the State of Tennessee in 1973. It is a prehistoric civic/ceremonial center where native people lived in the Mississippian era from around ca. 900 to 1600 A.D. This webpage includes more information about the site, including an educational video. 

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. 

Invasive Plants
Information about invasive plant identification and maintenance in the Harpeth River Watershed including privet, Japanese honeysuckle, kudzu, and Japanese Stiltgrass. The site links visitors to additional information on other invasive plants and control recommendations from the TN extension service here

Lowhead Dam Removal Project
The Eastern Flank Canoe Access was a part of the Harpeth River Restoration Project that included the removal of the lowhead dam during the summer of 2012.  More information about the project is available here including a time-lapse video of the dam coming down. Also available are pre dam removal (2011) and post dam removal (2015) fish community assessment studies conducted by TWRA. 

Macroinvertebrate Activity Pack
This HRWA macroinvertebrate activity packet assists you in conducting your own macroinvertebrate lesson. On site is a helpful macroinvertebrate key for identifying these animals, as well as a high school level lesson plan. HRWA provides in-person elementary to high school level educational opportunities at various times throughout the year. 

Septic Tank Maintenance
HRWA's guidelines for maintaining your septic system. 

Successful Resolution of Clean Water Act Lawsuit
This page provides an overview of the settlement of the federal Clean Water Act citizen suit brought by HRWA against the City of Franklin in 2014. It provides an explanation of why HRWA filed the lawsuit, the terms of the settlement, what the settlement achieved, and what citizens can expect moving forward. This page includes links to related news coverage, the settlement itself, and more. 

Threats to Biodiversity
A list of the major threats that are affecting the wildlife and environment of middle Tennessee. Dams, habitat loss from development, pollution, and soil erosion and degradation are highlighted. 

Threats to Our Watershed
Information about the biggest threats to water quality in the Harpeth River Watershed. This page covers issues regarding development, sedimentation, the importance of water quality buffers, and nonpoint source pollution. 

Tennessee Drug Take Back Programs
Information about TN drug take back programs and advice for safely disposing of old or unused medicines. This site includes a link to this pdf for finding a take back location near you. 

Wildlife
A wealth of resources on regarding wildlife in the Harpeth River. The site coversFishMammalsMusselsSnakesTurtlesBirdsBenthic Macroinvertebrates, and Threats to Biodiversity. HRWA also provides a useful macroinvertebrate key for identifying these animals. 
 

JACKSON PURCHASE / FOUR RIVERS
Rain Barrel Program
Information about the importance of rain barrels and how to purchase one.
 

KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
Antidegradation
An explanation of what is meant by the term antidegradation in the Clean Water Act.

CAFO's
A basic explanation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations — why they are a water quality concern and how they are regulated. 

Clean Water Act
An basic explanation of the Clean Water Act. 

Farm Bill
An explanation of our Nation's Farm Bill and how it relates to water quality. 

Fracking
Resources for understanding what fracking is and why the practice is a water quality concern. These pages link visitors to a general video from National Geographic and more detail about the hydraulic fracturing process from Marathon Oil

Microbeads
In the last couple years, we’ve seen an increased interest about the issue of plastic microbeads.  This page serves as an educational source for Kentuckians, and also highlights our efforts to understand the microbead pollution situation in Kentucky through a Resolution in the Kentucky General Assembly.  This page includes an educational poster from the 5 Gyres Institute about the issue. KWA is working with Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) to get legislative support for a resolution on microbeads.

Nutrients
Information about nutrient pollution and why its a concern. This page links visitors to an EPA video about the issue.

Sediments
Educational materials about sediment and why it is a water quality concern. This webpage includes a link to an animated film about the matter. 

Surface Coal Mining Impacts
Basic information about the impacts of surface coal mining on water quality, as well as a conductivity related petitionfiled by Earth Justice (and partners including KWA) requesting that the EPA to establish a conductivity water quality standard for waterways in the  Appalachian coal mining region. 

Toxic Algae
Although most blooms of green algae are not harmful, there are some that have the ability to produce toxins – called harmful algae blooms (HABs) or toxic algae.  Remember, you can still boat, fish and recreate in Kentucky’s rivers, lakes, and streams.  Just be aware that HABs exist.  …and WHEN IN DOUBT, STAY OUT! 

Watershed 101
A basic definition and explanation of a watershed. 

Wetland Protection
Information about wetlands and wetland protection in Kentucky. 


LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
Benefits of Land Conservation
An explanation of the benefits of conserving land, including landowner and community benefits. The following Land Trust Alliance links are provided for learning more about conservation benefits: Economic BenefitsHealth + HappinessClimate Solutions.
 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KENTUCKY
Incorporate Nature into Your Family's Curriculum
This webpage offers nine ways to incorporate nature into your families curriculum. 

LEAF
For more than two decades, The Nature Conservancy's Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program has engaged urban youth in conservation activities. During that time, the program has hosted more than 1,000 interns in 28 states to provide an opportunity to gain self-confidence, valuable job skills, conservation literacy and insight into academic and career possibilities. In addition to providing paid summer internships for high school students, the program also helps educators from environmental high schools share best practices and scientific resources.
 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Habitat Conservation Plan - Covered Species
There are 16 rare, threatened, and endangered animal species listed as "covered species" in the Cumberland HCP. Covered species webpages include a photo gallery of species, information about additional rare species that benefit from the plan, as well as videos about cerulean warblers and hellbenders

Healthy Trees, Healthy Tennessee
TNC - Tennessee's program to help communities fight invasive tree pests and maintain tree health. This webpage contains a variety of resources including information about this program and TN tree pests, educational materials about not moving firewood (including a video on the subject), a pest and pathogen fact sheetwallet card pest ids,hemlock protection information, training videos about TN's tree pests, links to TN's If Tree's Could Sing Program, and citizen science tools. 

Heat-Treated Firewood: How to Find and How to Sell 
Learn more about locations across Tennessee where you can buy heat-treated firewood, and how you can create and sell heat-treated firewood using firewood kilns. This webpage includes a link to an interactive map for where to buy firewood free of invasive pests that threaten our basin's forests.

Hemlocks and How to Save Them
Hemlocks in Tennessee are under attack by an invasive insect known as the hemlock woolly adelgid. Learn what you can do to help protect our hemlocks.

If Trees Could Sing
If Trees Could Sing is a Nature Conservancy program that brings together a diverse array of musical artists to talk about trees and their benefits for people.
 

RED RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Watershed Information
This webpage provides an overview of the Red River Watershed and highlights water quality challenges in the region. The site also includes a link to a map of the watershed
 

RICHLAND CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE
Issues
This webpage covers water quality issues Richland Creek is facing. Topics covered include the importance of riparian buffers, flood plains and floodplain development, development generally, nutrients, dams, and the current health status of Richland Creek waterways. 

Programs
An explanation of RCWA program work including education and outreach, water quality protection, and Stream Habitat Restoration and Wildlife Protection work. 

Watersheds 101
This site defines a watershed and provides background information specific to the Richland Creek Watershed. A separate webpage has an interactive map of the watershed. An additional pdf map is available here, which shows area streams as well as floodplains and floodways. 
 

RIVER NETWORK
Addressing Industrial and Other Point Sources
Best management practices for addressing industrial and other point sources. 

Clean Water Act Owner’s Manual 
Are you curious about the Clean Water Act and what it means? Did someone recommend that you use the Clean Water Act to solve a problem in your community? Have you heard about a particular section of the Clean Water Act that you want to use to protect your watershed? No matter what you need to know, this book can provide answers and tools to help you get started. This manual is a PDF and available for purchase from our marketplace for $5.00.

Events & Webinars
River Network hosts events and presents webinars related to our three strategic areas of focus (clean water, ample water, strong champions), providing easy access to best practices and new ideas on a regular basis and celebrating interesting and novel approaches. In addition to content we deliver, select offerings from other institutions will be promoted through our website to enrich learning across our community.

Living Waters
A Benthic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Manual.

Managing Urban Runoff
Best management practices for managing urban runoff. This page includes links to related resources such as River Voices: Green Infrastructure and Urban Rivers by River Network, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System by River Network, Stormwater Pollution Permits by River Networ, Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality by American Rivers, Stormwater Management by Center for Watershed Protection, Stormwater Institute by Water Environment Federation, andRooftops to Rivers: Using Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflows by NRDC.

Reducing Farm and Ranch Pollution
Best management practices for reducing farm and ranch pollution.

Resources
Here you can search through River Network’s large compilation of publications, newsletters, tools, templates, and recorded webinars. The resources included here are intended to help you advance your work and spark innovation and new ideas.

River Rally
River Rally, hosted annually by River Network, is a national conference that focuses on education, inspiration and celebration within the river and watershed community. Unique in its focus on connecting peers, providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally draws hundreds of people together every year from across the United States and the world. Join NGO staff, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and concerned citizens for the biggest (and most fun) event of the year.
 

STATEWIDE ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT (SOCM)
Heads Up on Headwaters
An informative paper on the importance of headwater streams and seeps and the damage wrought by strip mining.


STONES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Know Your Watershed
This document contains information about the Stones River Watershed. It includes a map, as well as information about water quality and the importance of native vegetation. 

Urban Streams
This PDF contains basic information for homeowners including recommendations for water responsible yard care, information about where to recycle oil, oil filters, antifreeze, and hazardous household waste, and more. 


TENNESSEE 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.

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 tec@tectn.org 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.

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.

How to Plant a Tree Guide
This TEC recommended guide walks you through the steps of planting balled and burlapped, container, or bare-rooted trees. 

Useful Tree Resources
A variety of resources that cover topics such as how to plant trees and which varieties may be best for you. 

Sustainable Tennessee
The goal of this program is to develop and implement a statewide Sustainability Agenda with the input of a broad coalition including citizens, conservation groups, environmental policy experts, elected officials, and representatives of private businesses, industry, and educational institutions. Throughout the year, TEC hosts community meetings to seek input across Tennessee where citizens have the opportunity to provide input.  The results of these sessions are incorporated into the Sustainability Agenda and Sustainable Tennessee Priorities documents