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FEDERAL RESOURCES

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. 

Historic Cumberland River Basin Maps
Historic river and pre-impoundment maps, surveys and navigation charts. 

Subduing the Cumberland

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Climate Change Webpage - Southeast Region Office
Information and resources on climate change in the southeast. 

Conservation Library
Searchable library of US Fish and Wildlife Service images, videos, historic items, and scientific journals. 
 

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Abandoned Mineral Lands Website
Information and resources regarding Abandoned Mineral Lands within National Parks.

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

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

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Website
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Natchez Trace Parkway Website
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution.

Natural Resource Inventory
Data and resources on baseline water quality, climate, species, history and more all national parks across the Cumberland River Basin and in the United States. 

Stones River National Battlefield
The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

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
National Mine Map Repository
National Mine Map Repository collects and maintains mine map information and images for the entire country. The oldest maps in the archive is from 1792. 

State Resources - KENTUCKY

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


KY STATE PARKS
Dr. Thomas Walker State Park Website
Although Daniel Boone is often remembered as Kentucky's most famous pioneer, Dr. Thomas Walker was actually the first frontiersman in Kentucky. A physician & surveyor, Walker led the first expedition through Cumberland Gap in 1750. Near the river, which he named Cumberland, Dr. Walker built the first cabin in Kentucky, a replica of which stands on the site today.

Municipal Resources

NASHVILLE
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

Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program
Clean Water Nashville is an initiative led by Metro Water Services in coordination with the EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for the purpose of meeting the Clean Water Act requirements and, in the process, ensuring the environmental health of the Cumberland River and its tributaries for future generations. This website is home to a variety of information about the program and about combined sewer overflows. Additional general information about the program is here and a relevant history leading up the present is found here

Consent Decree
The legally binding document that represents the result of negotiations between EPA, the State of Tennessee, and MWS, specifying the activities and timetables required to address combined and separate sewer overflows in Metro Nashville.

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

NashvilleRiverfront.org
This website provides general information about the Nashville Riverfront and its history, design plans for riverfront projects, a timeline of projects and more. 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
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.
 

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. 

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. 
 

RICHLAND CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE
History of Richland Creek
A bit of background regarding Richland Creek Watershed history. 
 

TENNESSEE SCENIC RIVERS ASSOCIATION
Conservation
Information about TSRA’s conservation efforts and achievements over the years.

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Places We Protect
An interactive map and listing of places The Nature Conservancy protects in Tennessee. Within the Cumberland River Basin, The Nature Conservancy protects or has helped protect Gil and Johnston PreserveHubbard's CaveNorth Cumberland WMA and Frozen Head State ParkPogue CreekTaylor Hollow, and Washmorgan Hollow. This site includes a link to a timeline of Tennessee Milestones and an infographic summary of what the organization has accomplished in Tennessee.