Encourage Homeowner Best Practices

Mitigation Strategies and Resources

  • Limit Fertilizers
  • Allow for Natural Growth Near Waterways
  • Plant Natives
  • Pick Up After Pets
  • Get Involved in Local Planning Efforts
  • Make Your Vote Count

- Pet Waste Campaigns
- Rain Gardens
- Tree Plantings
- Technical Resources Regarding Appropriate Fertilizer Application
- Landowner Education

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Municipal Housekeeping
This site from the UT Knoxville Technical Advisory Service provides a list of water related good housekeeping resources. Resources include: Cleaning Up Stormwater RunoffDo's and Don'ts Around the HomeLawn & Garden FertilizersLawn & Garden PesticidesLawn WateringLawn Weed ControlMaintaining Your BMP- Guidebook for Private OwnersManaging Leaves and Yard TrimmingsEnvironmental Guideline Document How to be Green and Stay in the BlackPet Waste and Water QualityPolluted Urban Runoff; and a Rethinking Yard Care Handout

TN Department of Environment and Conservation
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. 

TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Backyard Conservation Booklet
A guide to bringing conservation to you backyard. Topics include water conservation, nutrient management, backyard wetlands, and more. 

UT Extension
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. 

Nashville
Proper Lawn and Garden Maintenance
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

Murfreesboro
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.

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

Cumberland River Compact
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.  

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. 

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