Emerging Contaminants and Household Hazardous Waste Resource Library
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
How Do I Recycle? Common Recyclables
EPA's guide to common recyclables and the best options to recycle them. Includes tips and resources for recycling used oil and household hazardous wastes such as paints, cleaners, oils, and pesticides. Also, check out Earth 911's Recycling Search. With over 350 materials and 100,000+ listings, they maintain one of North America's most extensive recycling databases. To get started, simply enter in the material you are trying to recycle along with your zip code and click search.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Drinking Water Research Topics
These U.S. Geological Survey webpages provide scientific data and information on the occurrence, fate, and transport of emerging and legacy contaminants in water resources, assessments of drinking-water sources, and the vulnerability of water supplies to contamination.
State Resources - KENTUCKY
KY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Pharmaceutical Waste Booklet
Regulatory guidance for collection and disposal of household pharmaceutical waste.
KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Water Resources Section
The Water Resources Section conducts a variety of hydrogeological investigations and acts as a scientific-technical resource to assist the groundwater data needs of state and federal agencies, other KGS sections and UK research faculty, professional geoscientists and engineers, and the general public. This webpage contains information and contacts for different initiatives of the section including details regarding the following work: the Center for Disease Control Private Well Initiative; Inventory of Sinkholes and Sinkhole Occurrences; and Emerging Contaminants.
State Resources - TENNESSEE
U.T. MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICE
Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Illicit Discharges
This side provides a list of stormwater illicit discharge resources. Resources include: Car Care for Cleaner Water; Do's and Don'ts: Implementing a Successful Illicit Program; EPA - Pressure Wash/Power Wash Discharges; Wayne County (Mich.) Illicit Connection Program; Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center; North Hawthorne Street Household
Pipe Detectives Volunteer Program; Recycles-Spring Clean-Up for Area Watersheds; Storm Drain Markers; Stormwater Management for Homeowners; Understanding and Caring for Your Standard Septic Tank System; and Where Do I Take It?
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.
Information about how to prevent sewer backups.
Education and Outreach - Stormwater
This webpage offers residential tips to reduce stormwater pollution.
Best Management Practices for Businesses
Murfreesboro's guides for reducing stormwater pollution from restaurants, automotive and car care, automotive 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 Buffer; 25 Ways to Prevent Water Waste; How to Make a Rain Garden; How to Make a Rain Barrel; How to Recycle Used Oil; Oil Recycling Locations; Summertime Tips for Water Quality; a Storm Drain Labeling Fact Sheet and Storm Drain Labeling Request Form; and Grass Clipping Disposal and Fertilizer Usage Information.
Fundraiser Car Washes
Car washes are a way of raising money for a good cause. Unfortunately they can have a negative impact on surrounding waterways. This webpage provides more explanation and information about the City's Professional Car Wash Coupon Program, which connects fundraisers to professional car washes that are equipped to properly treat wash water. The City also rents car wash kits for those who do not wish to use a professional wash.
Household Hazardous Waste
Information about what counts as household hazardous waste and resources for safely disposing of it.
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.
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 Guidance; Pressure 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 Sites; Household Hazardous Waste Collection Information; Lawn and Garden Maintenance.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Protecting Small Streams and Wetlands, How Stormwater Affects Your Rivers, Sewage Pollution in Rivers, Water Efficiency and Conservation,"Greening" Water Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our Water, The Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers, and Healthy Rivers, Resilient Communities.
HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Home and Garden Tips
These tips cover things you can do around the house and in your garden that will affect the health of rivers and streams. Suggestions cover conservation, household contaminants, nonpoint source pollution, oil and gas, environmentally safe products without chlorine and phosphate products and solvents. Links on this page take visitors to a printable River Smart Around the Home Tips Sheet and River Smart Gardening Tips Sheet, a video about where drinking water comes from, non toxic home cleaning products and tips, and information about where to recycle in Nashville.
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.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
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.
STONES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
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.