Guides and Handbooks Resource Library
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Handbook on Coordinating Funding for Water and Waste Water Infrastructure
Because there are numerous ways to coordinate funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) surveyed six states – Arizona, California, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington – to identify the keys to the success of their coordinated funding approaches. This handbook presents the lessons learned by these six states so that other states may understand the benefits and challenges of coordinating funding efforts.
How to Care for Your Septic System
EPA's guide for maintaining your septic system. Includes link to The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, which has a septic locator that makes it easy to find service professionals in your area.
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.
Watershed Planning Builder and Guides
The Watershed Plan Builder enables the creation of a customized outline of a watershed plan. Additional guides and resources are available for helping communities, watershed organizations, state, local, tribal and federal environmental agencies develop and implement watershed plans to meet water quality standards and protect water resources.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
Information and resources for hunting at National Wildlife Refuges, such as Cross Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Site includes a national tool for specific refuge information, information on hunting specific species, licensing and regulatory information, and more.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
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.
National Best Management Practices Program
The National Best Management Practices (BMP) Program was developed to improve management of water quality consistently with the Federal Clean Water Act and State water quality programs.The National BMP Program consists of four main components: 1) The National Core BMP Technical Guide 2) The National Core BMP Monitoring Technical Guide 3) Revised National Direction, and 4)A national data management and reporting system.
National Inventory and Assessment Procedure for Identifying Barriers to Aquatic Organism Passage at Road Crossings
This inventory procedure is designed to be a nationally applicable, consistent method of identifying crossings that impede passage of aquatic organisms in or along streams. It is a how-to manual for approaching answers to two questions: “How and where does the road system restrict the migration and movement of aquatic organisms; what aquatic species are affected and to what extent?”
National Riparian Vegetation Monitoring Technical Guide
The Forest Service's national riparian vegetation monitoring core protocol. Published in 2014.
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.
State Resources - KENTUCKY
KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Blue Water Trail Guides
This Blue Water Trail webpage details paddling trips on streams and rivers across Kentucky. The overarching goal of the series is providing thorough information for paddlers to enjoy floating Kentucky streams without worry. Cumberland Basin Blue Water Trail guides include the Big South Fork, Buck Creek, Cumberland River Below the Falls, Cumberland River Tailwater, Little South Fork of the Cumberland River, North Fork Cumberland River, and Rockcastle River.
Fishing and Boating Guide 2016-2017
A guide with information on fishing and boating regulations, obtaining licenses and permits, consumption advisories, identification guides, aquatic nuisance species, trouts stream, boat accident reporting and more.
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.
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.
KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Field Guide to Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesting in Kentucky
This guide was designed as a field reference for timber harvesting operations. It contains minimum requirements and specifications of Best Management Practices appropriate for timber harvesting operations in Kentucky. Use of these BMPs will help reduce or eliminate sources of water pollution.
Tree Planting Tips
A guide to planting trees from the KY Division of Forestry.
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control: Field Guide
A 2009 field guide for erosion prevention and sediment control on construction sites created by the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, and the Kentucky Division of Water.
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.
KY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
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."
State Resources - TENNESSEE
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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).
UTK MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICE
Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Municipal Housekeeping
This side provides a list of stormwater related good housekeeping resources. Resources include: Advanced Storage Technology - Salt Storage Product Information; Clean Water (National PTA); Cleaning Up Stormwater Runoff; Do's and Don'ts Around the Home; Inlet Etiquette; Lawn & Garden Fertilizers; Lawn & Garden Pesticides; Lawn Watering; Lawn Weed Control; Maintaining Your BMP- Guidebook for Private Owners; Maintaining Your Stormwater Management Structure; Managing Leaves and Yard Trimmings; Managing Your Household Waste; Environmental Guideline Document How to be Green and Stay in the Black; Pet Waste and Water Quality; Polluted Urban Runoff; Rethinking Yard Care Handout; Shoreline Plants and Landscaping; and Storm Sewers: Rivers Beneath Our Feet.
TN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
This new chapter of the Environmental Procedures Manual describes procedures and guidance the Ecology staff will use to identify and mitigate the impacts roadway projects have on streams, wetlands, and endangered species. It serves as a reference for TDOT Ecology staff in preparing project planning documentation and assessments for resource agencies. It also serves as a reference for mitigation methods and design.
Procedures Manual – Updates
Revisions to the manual include the procedures that the Environmental Division should follow to incorporate environmental data into the project planning and development processes. The updates describe the process for identifying natural resource features, such as streams, springs, wetlands, and endangered or protected species, as well as the process for determining alternatives to minimize or avoid impacts.
Procedures for Providing Offsite Waste and Borrow on TDOT Construction Projects
This manual defines the process that TDOT construction personnel and contractors must follow to use offsite waste and borrow areas exclusively for TDOT projects. This includes all offsite areas that are supplied by either the prime contractor or a sub contractor. Implementing a consistent process across the state will help ensure that offsite waste and borrow areas can be properly permitted, constructed and stabilized.
TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
This document provides an overview of the process of developing a hard surfaced trail and has photos and illustrations showing a number of greenway trails that have been developed across the state of Tennessee. Additionally, there is budget information and a sample easement used in the acquiring of easements for public access to construct and build the trails.
Guide to the Selection & Design of Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)
A Guide for Phase II MS4 Communities for Protecting Post-construction Stormwater Quality and Managing Stormwater Flow.
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 Manual
A stormwater management and design guidance manual covering a variety of stormwater control measures including: Dry Detention; Wet Ponds; Vegetated Swales; Managed Vegetated Areas; Filter Strips; Bioretention; Urban Bioretention; Infiltration Areas; Permeable Pavement; Green Roofs; Rainwater Harvesting; Stormwater Treatment Wetlands; and Manufactured-Proprietary Treatment Devices.
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.
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.
Trails/Tracks Resource Guide
Trails/Tracks Resource Guide which is a booklet that was developed by a statewide task group of private and public staff that have assisted communities with these type projects across the state of Tennessee. This guide provides online resources and case studies of actual projects that have been built and shows the funding sources used to build them.
TN DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Best Management Practices in TN: Guide to Forestry
This 2003 BMP handbook was prepared as a reference guide for those who work in the forest, own forestland or are concerned about forest management practices and their effect on the environment. It is designed to assist foresters, loggers and land managers with each aspect of BMP installation. Topics covered include forest road design, construction and maintenance; special considerations for streamside management zones; timber harvesting and site preparation; and wetlands.
TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Compensatory Mitigation For Streams and Wetlands
A webpage with information about this program as well as a guidance document for compensatory mitigation of permanent impacts to streams.
Quality Assurance Project Plan for 106 Monitoring in the Division of Water Resources
This document describes monitoring, analyses, quality control, and assessment procedures used by the Division of Water Resources to develop TMDLs, 305(b) and 303(d) assessments.
Regional Water Resources Planning Guidelines for Tennessee
These guidelines include recommended procedures for regional water resources planning that should be utilized in other regions across the state.
Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook
This Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Handbook has been designed to provide standardized and comprehensive erosion prevention and sediment control BMP’s for use throughout Tennessee. This handbook serves as the primary reference for the development and implementation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, as required per the Tennessee General NPDES Permit for Discharges Associated with Construction Activities and individual NPDES permits.
TN STORMWATER ASSOCIATION
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 Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis.
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
2016-17 Tennessee Hunting Seasons Summary
A quick guide to TN hunting seasons in 2016-2017.
2016 - 2017 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide
TWRA's 2016-2017 guide to hunting in Tennessee.
2016 Fishing Guide
TWRA's 2016 guide to fishing in Tennessee. Topics covered include license information, statewide limits and regulations, unwanted species on the move, reservoir and small impoundment regulations, safety, trout stocking schedules, contaminants in fish, fish identification, turtles, and more.
Angler's Guide to Tennessee Fish
To help identify angler's catches, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) offers this convenient identification guide on nearly 100 species or subspecies, including aquatic nuisance species that are currently present in the state or may be found in the future.
Backyard Conservation Booklet
A guide to bringing conservation to you backyard. Topics include water conservation, nutrient management, backyard wetlands, and more.
This handbook covers boating laws and responsibilities in Tennessee.
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'sFish for Stocking in New or Renovated Ponds also provides helpful stocking related information.
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.
TWRA On The Go
TWRA's mobile app for outdoor enthusiasts. With the app you can: view TWRA news; Unting/Trapping, Waterfowl, Fishing, & Boating Guides; Buy your licenses, Renew boats, and report and see your harvests; find a WMA, check station, Hunters for the Hungry Processor, Fishing Spot, Boat Ramp, or a Wildlife Viewing Areas; view fishing reports and identify your fish with our Fish ID Guide; Learn more about Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife; browse wild game and fish recipes; and more.
TN 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.
Improving Stream Channels, Ditches and Lakeshores With Live Staking
A how-to guide for using cuttings from dormant woody vegetation to revegetate bare stream banks.
After the Storm
A citizens guide to understanding stormwater.
Land Disturbance/Construction Site Run-Off Best Management Practices
All land disturbance activities in the City and its Urban Growth boundary are expected to utilize a series of Best Management Practices and are to be self monitored to assure compliance with the City of Hendersonville’s stormwater quality standards. A Power Point Presentation titled: Expectations for Construction Activities will give a better overview on these expectations. This site also links visitors to a Hendersonville's construction manual, which also provides water quality related guidance.
This website is home to information about the City of Franklin's urban forestry program. Included are links to information about theCity Arborist, Tree Commission, a City Trees List, a Gardening and Landscape Video, "A Walk in the Park" video interview with City Arborist, Todd Snackenberg, a Tree Topping Video (again with Todd Snackenberg), and more.
Stormwater Management Manual
The 2016 Stormwater Management Manual has been compiled by the City of Franklin to assist planners, developers, contractors and various businesses and industries and the City of Franklin in stormwater pollution prevention and water quality protection. Specific sections of the manual include: 1) Policies & Procedures; 2) Construction Management Practices; 3) Temporary Construction Site Runoff Management Practices; 4) Permanent Erosion Prevention & Sediment Controls; 5) Permanent Stormwater Treatment Controls; 6) Industrial & Commercial Runoff Management Practices; and 7) Other Source Controls. In addition to the manual itself, this page includes an interactive map of active construction sites, a land-use based water quality calculation tool for developers, the state's urban riparian buffer handbook, information about post construction & maintenance measures, and more.
Green Infrastructure Design Guidelines
This manual presents an overview of the principles of Low Impact Development (LID) and how it mimics the way nature handles water. It examines why protecting water quality is so important, the costs of conventional practices, and the benefits of sustainability. Intended for use by designers, developers, agencies, and individuals, it offers a brief look at frequently used LID techniques with descriptions, estimated cost factors, and typical maintenance requirements. The appendices offer specific information, advice, and costs for each component.
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.
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.
Stormwater Management Manual Volume 1 - Regulations
Regulations from the Stormwater Management Manual. The regulations section of the stormwater management manual coversPolicy and Permitting Procedures, Floodplain Requirements, Technical Guidelines and Criteria, Post-Construction Water Quality Policies & Procedures, and more.
Stormwater Management Manual Volume 2 - Procedures
This volume from Nashville's Stormwater Management Manual provides a compilation of readily available literature relevant to stormwater management activities in Nashville and Davidson County. Topics covered include hydrology, hydraulics (including gutter, inlet, culvert, storm sewer hydraulics, bridge, and detention/retention hydraulics), erosion and sediment control, outlet protection, data collection, computer programs, and stormwater pollution prevention programs. An additional Volume 3 of the Stormwater Management Manual provides a theoretical supplement to the technical guidelines and procedures presented in this Procedures volume.
Stormwater Management Manual Volume 4 - Best Management Practices
This volume from Nashville's Stormwater Management Manual provides a wealth of technical information about best management practices for managing stormwater. Sections cover best practices related to Contractor Management Practices, Temporary Construction Site Management Practices, Industrial / Commercial Management Practices, Permanent Erosion Prevention And Sediment Control, and Permanent Treatment Practices.
Stormwater Management Manual Volume 5 - Low Impact Development
The Low Impact Development (LID) Manual is a site design approach that utilizes Green Infrastructure to meet a development site’s post development stormwater runoff water quality requirements. This approach satisfies the new MS4 Permit requirement to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or harvest and use the first inch of rain. Topics covered include: Bioretention, Urban Bioretention, Permeable Pavement, Infiltration, Water Quality Swales, Extended Detention Ponds, Downspout Disconnection, Grass Channels, Sheet Flow, Reforestation, Cisterns, and Green Roofs. Additional LID resources and information are available through Metro on this webpage, including a table of incentives for Green Infrastructure, an LID Site Design Tool, and a cistern design tool. Metro also offers this LID Manual Training Video to introduce manual methodology and describe how to build a site according to the manual, manual training slides, and an interactive map of LID sites in Metro Nashville.
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.
Creating a Stream Buffer
A how-to guide for creating a stream buffer, provided by the City of Murfreesboro, including basic information about why buffers are important, recommended buffer plant species, and more.
Pollution Reduction Plans
MS4s must implement stormwater pollutant reductions consistent with assumptions and requirements of any applicable wasteload allocation(s) in TMDLs established or approved by EPA. If an MS4 discharges into a water body with an approved or established TMDL, then the Stormwater Management Program must include BMPs specifically targeted to achieve the wasteload allocations prescribed by the TMDL.This page is home to general information about Murfreesboro's pollution reduction plans, as well as specific information about pollution reduction plans for Garrison Creek, Lytle Creek, and Sinking Creek, and a Lytle Creek Quick Guide to BMPs.
Stormwater Controls Manual
This webpage is home to the Murfreesboro Stormwater Controls Manual. A wide variety of stormwater controls are discussed.
Stormwater Quality Design
This webpage provides a variety of stormwater resources including Murfreesboro's stormwater quality standards and Stormwater Ordinance, the City's Stormwater Planning and Low Impact Design Guide and Stormwater Controls Manual, and additional technical memoranda and design examples.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
Managing Your Woodlands Handbook
A handbook for managing woodlands sustainably.
CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Rain Barrel Sales
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from the rooftop that would otherwise be lost to runoff and be diverted to our neighborhood streams and storm drains. You may be surprised by the amount of water you can harvest: one inch of rain on 1,000 square feet of rooftop creates over 600 gallons of water! Purchase a rain barrel or learn how to build one! Additional information on this page about what a rain barrel is, how to build one, and safety considerations.
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 Nashville Guide is available from this webpage.
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.
HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
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.
Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels
Resources for people interested in creating a rain garden or installing a rain barrel. Link on this page take visitors to HRWA's Rain Garden How-to Brochure, another rain garden guide for Middle Tennesseans by Patty Ghertner, a Start-to-Finish Rain Garden Workbook, information about recycling rain water in rain barrels from the Tennessean, additional links to rain garden resources, and native Tennessee plant resources from Nashville Natives, GroWild, andGardens of Babylon.
Septic Tank Maintenance
HRWA's guidelines for maintaining your septic system.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
The Watershed Planning Guidebook for Kentucky Communities (2010), is a wonderful resource for watershed groups across the state. The Guidebook is the result of a KWA project with the Kentucky Division of Water and stakeholders from four community watershed groups. Sections of the guidebook include: Watershed Basics; Chapter 1 – Getting Started; Chapter 2 – Exploring Your Watershed (part I); Chapter 2 – Exploring Your Watershed (part II); Chapter 3 – Learning More; Chapter 4 – Analyzing Results; Chapter 5 – Finding Solutions; Chapter 6 – Strategy for Success; and Chapter 7 – Making It Happen. These guidebook links provide links to a host of helpful watershed planning related resources.
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
10 Basic Steps of Protecting Your Land
This page provides basic steps for protecting your land and includes a link to a more detailed + technical Landowner Information Packet for addressing more in-depth questions.
MILL CREEK WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, and Native Plants
Information about the rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants, including rain garden guides, and native plant nurseries including GroWild Nursery in Fairview, Nashville Natives in Fairview, Moore & Moore Garden Center in Nashville, Sunlight Gardens in Andersonville, and Native Gardens in Greenback.
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.
Permitting an End to Pollution
A guide to scrutinizing and strengthening water pollution permits in your state.
Promoting Green Streets – A Recipe for Integrating Water and Transportation Infrastructure Investment
To address complementary municipal goals of improved water quality and restored natural hydrology, this project focused on the development of a simple and logical methodology to promote street-based stormwater management.
River Advocates Fundraising Guide
A guide to fundraising for river advocates.
Tools For Protecting Your River
Citizens who organize on behalf of their hometown stream-or its entire watershed-take on important, rewarding work that will impact the stream and their community for years to come. This is River Networks Toolkit for Watershed Groups.
A field guide for evaluating proposed watershed restoration plans.
TN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
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 email@example.com 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 Mapping; Appendix 2 – Stream Assessment Final; Appendix 3 – Guide to Restoration Activities Final; Appendix 3.1 Tennessee Cedar Revetments; Appendix 3.2 – Guidance for Riparian Buffer plantings TDOF 2014; Appendix 3.3 Combined Rain Garden Workshop Guide; Appendix 4 – Guidance for Educators; Appendix 5 – Permits and Reporting Environmental Violations (TDEC); Appendix 6 – Watershed Restoration Plan Guidance; Appendix 7 CWA overview; Appendix 8 – Glossary Final.
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.