Planning Resource Library
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program
This program provides technical and financial assistance to States, local governments and Tribes (project sponsors) to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purpose of: watershed protection; flood mitigation; water quality improvements; soil erosion reduction; rural, municipal and industrial water supply; irrigation; water management; sediment control; fish and wildlife enhancement; and hydropower.
Watershed Surveys and Planning Program
The purpose of the program is to assist Federal, State, and local agencies and tribal governments to protect watersheds from damage caused by erosion, floodwater, and sediment and to conserve and develop water and land resources. Resource concerns addressed by the program include water quality, opportunities for water conservation, wetland and water storage capacity, agricultural drought problems, rural development, municipal and industrial water needs, upstream flood damages, and water needs for fish, wildlife, and forest-based industries.
Types of surveys and plans include watershed plans, river basin surveys and studies, flood hazard analyses, and flood plain management assistance. The focus of these plans is to identify solutions that use land treatment and nonstructural measures to solve resource problems.
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Center Hill Lake, Caney Fork River, Tennessee Master Plans
1983-2002 master plans for Center Hill Lake and Caney Fork River.
Continuing Authorities Program
Congress has given the Corps of Engineers authority to plan, design, and construct small projects for flood risk management, emergency streambank and shoreline protection, ecosystem restoration, and navigation improvements without specific Congressional authorization.
Before the Federal Government can participate in implementing a project, the Nashville District must conduct a two phase study. The first phase is reconnaissance. This phase is used to make a preliminary determination whether there is federal interest in further studying the problem. The reconnaissance phase is completed upon the signing of a Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement by the Nashville District and the cost-share sponsor. By signing the agreement, the second phase can be initiated, called a feasibility study. This study evaluates a wide range of alternatives and recommends the best solution from economic and environmental perspectives.
Cumberland River, Tennessee, Cheatham Lake Master Plans
1983-2001 master plans for the Cumberland River, Tennessee River, and Cheatham Lake.
The materials in this repository include planning documents and other information by and about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Most materials were published by USACE, but some collections contain materials by other government agencies written about USACE.
Flood Risk Management Program
The purpose of the Corps of Engineers' flood risk management program is to help prevent or reduce flood risk by using either structural or non-structural means or a combination of the two. Non-structural measures reduce flood damages without significantly altering the nature or extent of the flooding by changing the use of floodplains or by accommodating existing uses to the flood hazard. Non-structural measures include modifying homes, businesses, and other facilities to reduce flood damages by elevating the structure or removing them from the floodplain. Remaining land can be used for ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation, or natural open space. Flood warning systems are also considered non-structural measures.
This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated.
Old Hickory Lake Master Plan
2016 master plan for Old Hickory Lake.
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.
Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool (FACT)
FACT is a financial analysis tool that helps municipalities, utilities, and environmental organizations identify the most cost-effective method to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project. FACT produces a comprehensive analysis that compares financing options for these projects by incorporating financing, regulatory, and other important costs.
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.
Integrated Climate and Landscape Use Scenarios (ICLUS)
The EPA Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) project develops scenarios broadly consistent with global-scale, peer-reviewed storylines of population growth and economic development. These scenarios are used by climate change modelers to develop projections of future climate. The site includes the EPA Land Use Scenarios Final Report and downloadable ICLUS Datasets. The ICLUS tool for ArcGIS is also available.
National Land Cover Datasets
The primary objective of the NLCD is to provide the Nation with nationally complete, current, consistent, and public domain information on the Nation's land cover. Land cover information is critical for local, state, and federal managers and officials to assist them with issues such as assessing ecosystem status and health, modeling nutrient and pesticide runoff, understanding spatial patterns of biodiversity, land use planning, deriving landscape pattern metrics, and developing land management policies.
National Stormwater Calculator
EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.It is designed to be used by anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners.
The Calculator accesses several national databases that provide soil, topography, rainfall, and evaporation information for the chosen site. The user supplies information about the site’s land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use. The LID controls that the user can choose are the following seven green infrastructure practices: disconnection; rain harvesting; rain gardens; green roofs; street planters; infiltration basins; and porous pavement.
Recovery Potential Screening Tools
RPS tools are designed for watershed comparison and priority setting. Statewide RPS Tools were developed for each of the lower 48 states and first issued in 2014. These Tools contain 200+ embedded indicators for all HUC12s that are wholly or partially within the state’s boundary. Many of the indicators are landscape characteristics derived from common GIS datasets, but other attributes such as selected impairment-specific data derived from field monitoring, are also included.
ROE National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD)
This raster dataset comes from the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), 2011 version. It represents land cover across the contiguous 48 states, circa 2011. Each 30-meter-square pixel has been classified using a standard land cover classification scheme, and some of these categories have been aggregated further according to procedures outlined in EPA's Report on the Environment (www.epa.gov/roe). Data were originally processed and compiled by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC), a U.S. federal inter-agency group, based on Landsat satellite imagery.
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.
Watershed Approach: Technical Resources
More technical resources on this page can assist watershed projects, particularly those addressing nonpoint sources of pollution.
Watershed Index Online (WSIO)
WSIO is a comparative analysis tool and data library that helps users compare watersheds in a user-defined geographic area, for a purpose of their choice, using the factors most relevant to their comparison.The library encompasses several hundred watershed characteristics measured on small-scale watersheds, HUC12, with an average area approximately 35 squares mies across the conterminous US.
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
Appalachian LCC Conservation Design Framework
Researchers identified five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the Appalachian LCC geography. These elements include large interconnected regions as well as broad landscapes that connect them. Small areas that are likely to contain larger ecological significance than their size would suggest were also mapped. Examples of aquatic and terrestrial conservation targets are provided that represent design elements. All of the elements are assessed in regards to the three major landscape level threats in the geography (climate change, energy development, and urbanization from housing density). Since cultural resources are an additional critical piece of conservation design in the Appalachians, a conceptual framework was developed for mapping these resources across the entire geography and will be integrated in a future iteration of the conservation design.
Ecosystem Benefits and Risks Website
The Appalachian LCC has collaborated with the US Forest Service to provide information and tools that fully integrate society’s value of ecosystems with future threats to better inform natural resource planning and management. Through links on this page, users can access information, maps, data, and additional resources brought together through this collaboration.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Planning
HACCP planning is a management tool that provides a structured method to identify risks and focus procedures that is being successfully used in natural resource pathway activities. Understanding pathways and developing plans to reduce non-target species and prevent biological contamination from aquatic invasive species is necessary to avoid unintended spread of species.
iPac is a project planning tool which streamlines the US Fish and Wildlife Service's environmental review process. It allows users to see if any threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds or other natural resources may be impacted by a project, explore the distribution of important biological resources, such as wetlands, National Wildlife Refuges, critical habitat, GAP land cover and more, input information about your project, and receive a list of conservation measures suggested by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
The nations 22 LCCs bring together federal, state, and local governments along with Tribes and First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and interested public and private organizations. LCC partners work collaboratively to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify science gaps, and avoid duplication through conservation planning and design. The Appalachian LCC covers the entirety of the Cumberland River Basin, as well as additional area and it's website includes news, contacts, funding opportunities, resources, and more.
Predevelopment Consultation - TN Ecological Services Field Office
This Program provides early technical assistance to various entities who have applied for federal funds or will have to obtain a federal license or permit. The purpose of the early coordination is to assist the applicant in determining if wetlands or federally endangeredor threatened species could be impacted by the proposed activity. The intent is to provide early notification of potential issues before an applicant has committed significant resources toward specific plans or designs.
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.
i-Tree and i-Tree Hydro
iTree is a software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools quantify the structure of trees and forests, and the environmental services that trees provide. Information regarding i-Tree workshops are available here.
i-Tree Hydro is designed for users interested in watershed scale analyses of vegetation and impervious cover effects on hydrology. i-Tree Hydro simulates the effects of changes in tree and impervious cover characteristics within a defined watershed on stream flow and water quality. It was designed specifically to handle urban vegetation effects so urban natural resource managers and urban planners can quantify the impacts of changes in tree and impervious cover on local hydrology to aid in management and planning decisions.
Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series
The Forest Service has made available 26 webinars on a variety of open space topics including Session 24: Integrating Water Strategies at the Urban Fringe and Session 11: An All Lands Approach to Ecosystem Services for Water.
Watershed Condition Framework
The Forest Service's Watershed Condition Framework and the accompanying Watershed Condition Classification Technical Guide establish a consistent, comparable, and credible process for improving the health of watersheds on national forests and grasslands. This framework aims to focus our efforts in a consistent and accountable manner and facilitate new investments in watershed restoration that will provide economic and environmental benefits to local communities. The technical guide provided the protocol for the agency's first national assessment of watershed condition across all 193 million acres of National Forest System lands.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Floods and Flood Plains
This easy-to-understand fact sheet describes why floods occur and discusses the basics about flood-plain designation.
National Map Small Scale Collection
The National Map offers a collection of small-scale datasets that can be downloaded for free. Although the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas of the United States was retired in September 2014, The National Map recognizes the importance of continuing to make a collection of the small-scale datasets, originally developed for the National Atlas, available to users. Small-scale maps have an advantage over large-scale maps when there is a need to show a large area in a single view. This makes small-scale maps an ideal solution for scientists, decision-makers, and planners needing to provide a geographical context for the research projects.
National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)
NAWQA is a USGS database that can help you answer three questions: 1) What is the condition of our Nation's streams, rivers, and ground water? 2) How are these conditions changing over time? 3) How do natural features and human activities affect these conditions, and where are those effects most pronounced?
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.
U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Planning Documents - Big South Fork
Planning documents for the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Documents include theGeneral Management Plan, and Oil and Gas Management Plan.
Planning Documents - Cumberland Gap
Planning documents for the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Documents include the General Management Plan.
Planning Documents - Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Planning documents for the Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Documents include the General Management Plan and others.
Planning Documents - Stones River National Battlefield
Planning documents for the Stones River National Battlefield. Documents include the General Management Plan and others.
STATE RESOURCES - KENTUCKY
KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
79 Conservation Issues and Associated Actions
Conservation issues and mitigation actions related to siltation and turbidity, aquatic habitat degradation, point and non-point source pollution, and other threats.
Action Plan to Respond to Climate Change in Kentucky
This climate change chapter of Kentucky’s Wildlife Action Plan is meant to be a stand-alone first step towards planning for and mitigating against negative impacts of climate change. As climate scientists develop local and regionally-specific models with higher degrees of certainty, this plan will be revised to focus on detailed, specific actions to safeguard Kentucky’s species and habitats of greatest conservation need.
Information on types of species and maps for amphibians across the state of Kentucky.
Fish and Lamprey Resources
Information on types of species and maps for fish and lamprey across the state of Kentucky.
Research and Survey Needs by Taxonomic Class
Research and survey needs for fish and lampreys; mussels; crayfish, amphiphods and isopods; amphibians; and other aquatic species.
State Wildlife Action Plan - KY
In order to receive funds through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program and the State Wildlife Grants Program, Congress charged each state and territory with developing a wildlife action plan. These proactive plans, known technically as “comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies,” assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term. Kentucky's most recent plan was completed in 2013.
Strategic Plan: FY 2015-2019
Information regarding the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2015-2019 Strategic Plan.
KY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
The Division of Conservation compiled this list of links related to agriculture and conservation. Linked websites include UK's Forest Leadership Program, UK's tool for creating an Agriculture Water Quality Plan, and others.
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is a 20-year loan program for planning, design and construction of drinking water infrastructure projects.
Groundwater Protection Planning
Groundwater protection planning information is available on this webpage. Groundwater Protection Plans are required by anyone in KY engaged in activities that have the potential to pollute groundwater.
Watershed Management Framework
This document is a guide for ongoing coordination of water resource management activities by organizations throughout the state.
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.
Wellhead Protection Program Website
Information on Kentucky's Wellhead Protection Program (WHPP). Kentucky's WHPP is coordinated by the Division of Water's Water Quantity Management Section. Regulations require that counties develop county or regional water supply plans that assess the quantity of water used by their public water systems and formulate protection plans for the source waters used by those systems. The WHPP is designed to assist those communities relying on groundwater as their source to develop groundwater protection strategies.
KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Generalized Geologic Data for Land-Use Planning in Kentucky Counties
These land-use planning maps are based on geologic and environmental analyses and are produced at a scale of either 1:48,000 or 1:63,360. Each map provides an interpretation of the local geology in nontechnical language and can be used by homeowners, developers, and planners.The maps provide information on how the underlying rock in an area affects excavation and foundations, on-site wastewater treatment systems, residential and industrial developments, highway and street development, and pond and reservoir construction. Photographs of sites in the area are used to illustrate the geologic discussion.
STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE
TN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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 Coordinators, Nonpoint Source FAQs, NPS Success Stories, NPS Annual Report; and the 319 Management Program Document.
TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
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.
Recreation Services Study
A survey was conducted of Parks and Recreation Departments across the State of Tennessee. The results include the services, salaries and inventories of local Parks and Recreation Departments to assist in future planning.
Tennessee Greenways and Trails Plan (2008)
This Greenways and Trails Plan references numerous locations and organizations that have developed Greenways and Trails in innovative and creative ways. It focuses on the benefits of greenways and trails from economic, personal health, alternative transportation, recreation and environmental protection perspectives. The Plan also has two Appendices which provide additional information on Greenways and Trails. Appendix A is an overview of all types of trails both motorized and non-motorized. Appendix B is a four page list of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as numerous non-profit organizations that can assist with numerous trail related issues.
TN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Manual for Management of Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities
This manual describes the current requirements of the TDEC General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Construction Activities (Construction General Permit or CGP). Its focus is on field administration of TDOT construction projects to ensure that all phases of the work will comply with the requirements of the CGP. The manual discusses various materials and implementation methods for erosion prevention and sediment control (EPSC).
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.
Program Rationale, Evaluations, and Recommendations for Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Materials and Practices for TDOT Construction Projects
This report provides evaluation and recommendations on changes to the Environmental Division Procedures and Roadway Design, and sediment and erosion control practices for construction projects.
Statewide Stormwater Management Plan
The SSWMP outlines the steps TDOT will take to implement erosion prevention and sediment control materials and practices for TDOT construction projects. Information about the plan and key documents are housed on this website.
TN DIVISION OF FORESTRY
20/20 Plan: Harvest Plan for Sustainable Forests
After more than a year in planning, the Division has developed and adopted a new forest regeneration plan that is designed to over time create healthier individual forests as well as a healthier system of forests. The plan is aptly known as Plan 2020: Harvest Plan for Sustainable Forests.
Forests Action Plan
It was a goal for this forest action plan not only to address national private forest conservation priorities, but also to be a useful tool to a wide range of organizations and individuals in Tennessee to address forest resource issues pertinent to this state. Where possible it compliments other state agency plans, such as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's State Wildlife Action Plan and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Recreation Plan, with a particular focus tied to maintaining water quality and quantity. Links from this page take users to information regarding forest resource conditions, benefits from forest resources, sustainability, issues and strategies, and priority watersheds.
Forest Planning Technical Assistance
The Division of Forestry has professional foresters stationed across the state who provide technical assistance. They have been specifically trained to collect information on resources and work with landowners to develop forest management plans. The primary program for providing technical assistance is the Forest Stewardship Program. TDF foresters conduct on the ground assessments to determine the condition of timber resources, forest health, cultural resources, wildlife habitat and water quality. Foresters then prepare a comprehensive forest management plan based on landowner objectives. Foresters also follow up with landowners to encourage the implementation of the plan. Group workshops and presentations, the division’s web site, and County Forestry Associations (CFA’s) are other forms of technical assistance coordinated through TDF.
Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Urban & Community Forestry Program goal is to improve urban environments through planting and management of trees. It promotes the establishment of urban forestry programs in cities and towns, assists them in developing self-sustaining urban and community forestry programs, and provides technical assistance. In addition to technical assistance, the urban forestry staff administers grants that help communities initiate or expand their local urban and forestry programs, and grants that help communities and non-profits plant trees on public land.
TN DIVISION OF NATURAL AREAS
Environmental Consultation Requests
The Division of Natural Areas answers questions and provides technical assistance pertaining to the status and distribution of state and federal concern plant and animal species, ecologically important sites, and conservation lands.
Interactive Rare Species Database by County, Quadrangle, and Watershed Listings
The majority of lands in Tennessee have had no rare species surveys, and the lack of point-specific data can be misleading. Therefore, the Division of Natural Areas suggests reviewing and downloading generalized data through an interactive, searchable database in order to determine what kinds of resources occur in specific counties, watersheds, or physiographic regions. This tool allows users to search and download rare species data by County, Quadrangle, or HUC 12 Watershed.
TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program
Loans from this program are available for the Planning, Design, and Construction Phases of waste water facilities. The funds may be used for all three phases in any combination. Eligible projects include new construction or the upgrading/expansion of existing facilities and may encompass wastewater treatment plants, pump stations,force mains, collector sewers, interceptors, elimination of combined sewer overflows, and/or nonpoint source pollution remedies.
Guidance for Developing Community Water System Drought Management Plans
This guidance is an effort to assist community water systems in developing drought management plans within the context of the state’s overall drought management plan (summarized below).
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.
Water Resources Regional Planning
In late 2008, TDEC partnered with other regional planning experts to initiate a water resources planning pilot in two areas significantly impacted by the drought of 2007. One area, the North Central Tennessee region - including Sumner County, including Portland, Gallatin, Castalian Springs/Bethpage, White House and Westmoreland - is partially within the Cumberland River Basin. This Web page includes planning study reports and overall guidelines for those interested in pursuing regional water resources planning in Tennessee.
TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
Conservation Opportunity Areas Identified in the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan
Conservation opportunity areas across the state including the following areas within the Cumberland River Basin: Cordell Hull Tailwater;East Highland Rim, Interior Low Plateau Cedar Glades, Mill Creek Watershed, North Cumberland Plateau and Mountains, Penny Royal Plains and Barrens; and Western Highland Rim Forests.
State Wildlife Action Plan Website
To ensure conservation programs funded by State Wildlife Grants are designed for maximum benefits to nongame wildlife, Congress mandated that all states must complete a detailed State Wildlife Action Plan by October 1, 2005. The SWAP addresses 8 elements required by Congress for each plan, including identifying species of greatest conservation need, their habitat, threats, conservation actions and more, and will be revised every 10 years. The primary goal of the SWAP will be to prevent wildlife from declining to the point of endangerment. The plan itself can be viewed here. Chapters can be viewed independently including: Overview of Tennessee and Approach to the State Wildlife Action Plan; Tennessee State Accomplishments under the 2005 SWAP; Species of Greatest Conservation Need and Priority Habitats; Problems Affecting Species and Habitats; Conservation Strategies and Actions, Monitoring for Results and Adaptive Management and others. The 2005 SWAP can be viewed here.
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.
Strategic Business Plan
The UT Extension Service's Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Economic Development Strategic Plan.
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 farmers, homeowners, teachers, and communities. The Watershed Restoration and Management Program's resource library contains over 100 water related documents, plans, and pages.
UT 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.
Understanding Priorities, Activities, and Needs of Watershed Organizations in Tennessee (2009)
The purpose of this survey is to better understand the who, where, what, and how of local watershed organizations in Tennessee. That is, who are the active groups in Tennessee, where are they working, on what priority issues, and through which types of activities (how)? Furthermore, the survey aims to capture the organizational resources and needs of watershed groups in the state, identifying crucial areas toward which to direct capacity-building efforts. Part 1 of Needs Assessment. Part 2 of Needs Assessment. Final Report.
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.
Web resources for water related: Federal Agencies and National Organizations; Regional Agencies and Regional Organizations; State of Tennessee Agencies and Organizations; Stormwater Programs in Tennessee; Watershed Organizations Active within Tennessee; State Trade Organizations.
Greenways and Trails
Information about the City's system of greenways and trails. This webpage includes links to a Citywide Greenways and Trails Master Plan, information about the City's Long Range Planning efforts, a listing of parks with trails, and an interactive park and recreation finder map.
Integrated Water Resources Planning
The Integrated Water Resources Planning (IWRP) project takes a holistic approach to managing water resources including drinking water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater, along with their interaction and interrelation with the Harpeth River. The plan will provide the City of Franklin a “road map” for making investments to improve water resources with a focus on sustainability and consideration of regional goals and partnerships. This page includes the IWRP draft final report and appendices, Harpeth River FAQs, anIWRP fact sheet, IWRP scope of work, and a video about the IWRP Integrated Water Plan. Additional links guide visitors to the Phase 1 Final Report, information about stakeholder and public involvement, and additional facts regarding the Integrated Water Plan and the Harpeth River.
A listing of the City's planned, under construction, and recently completed stormwater projects. Currently planned projects includeBattle Avenue Drainage Improvements and a Victoria Court / Ralston Creek Stream Restoration. Recently completed work includes aHarpeth River Restoration Project, a Maplewood/ Greenbranch Stream Restoration, and Stream Name Revisions.
The City of Franklin has nine volunteers to serve as Commissioner’s on the city’s first Sustainability commission. The Commission will serve as a policy advisory board to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the development and initiation of programs that will enhance and promote economic development environmental health and social equity within our community for present and future generations.
Engineering and Construction - Stormwater
Proposed land development or redevelopment in Murfreesboro submit site plans, subdivision plats, construction plans, and stormwater designs and calculations to the City’s Planning and Engineering Department. More information about these requirements, including plan reviews, permits, and the stormwater user fee, are available on this page. Links are also provided to post-construction stormwater quality standards and design manuals.
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.
NASHVILLE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
Building Resilience: A Climate Adaption Plan
In 2015, the Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization came together to create a climate adaptation plan for Davidson, Wilson, Williamson, Sumner, Rutherford, Robertson, and Maury Counties in Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Area MPO took a local leadership role to engage with the Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies program and lead the region toward climate resilience with an adaptation plan that addresses the local climate risks and fits local conditions and culture.
Cumberland Region GreenPrint
The GIS GreenPrint Tools for Quality Growth web-based publication fulfills the need for a regional GIS based decision making tool that can be used by local and state government planners to insure access to and knowledge of critical lands for conservation. The information in this report is intended to provide a better basis for decision making as projected impacts and costs of land use and transportation decisions are being made and land resource conservation priorities are included in local and regional plans.
Land Use & Development
The MPO has recently updated the business-as-usual scenario (a.k.a. trend model) to predict where people will live and work between now and 2035 for 10 counties in Middle Tennessee, including the 7 counties included in the MPO's planning area. The model's predictions take into account current land use policies, land development regulations, and each parcel's relative attractiveness to future growth.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
CLIMATE SOLUTIONS UNIVERSITY
Each community that participates in Climate Solutions University creates a climate adaptation plan. The adaptation plans are completed at the local level, using our refined, expert process (which is delivered online).
Building Resilience: A Climate Adaptation Plan (Draft)
This plan was developed by the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) in collaboration with Climate Solutions University (CSU), the Cumberland River Compact, and the Model Forest Policy Program. The purpose of the document is to identify the primary climate and non-climate stressors facing the Middle Tennessee region and to propose solutions to address these risks.
Forest and Water Climate Adaptation: A Plan for Sumner County Tennessee
This document more comprehensively examines the impact of climate change upon Sumner County’s resources and economy and includes specific measures that will mitigate impacts upon forest and water resources.
Have you assessed your community’s climate risks and identified resilience goals? If so, Model Forest Policy Program’sClimate Solutions Implementation Project is ready to help you reach your climate adaptation goals. CSU has a variety of ways to support your implementation activities. Get ready to make real progress in building the resilience and capacity of your organization, staff, and community!
An interactive map of communities and organizations with whom Climate Solutions University has worked or is working. Communities/Organizations in the Cumberland River Basin include the City of Cookeville and Putnam County, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Organization, and Sumner County.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
A state map showing KY Waterways Alliance projects across the state. A number of Cumberland River Basin projects are shown including Kentucky Aquatic Resource Fund Projects and Outstanding State Resource Waters and Exceptional Waters, which KWA has had a hand in protecting. Stars in the map indicate places where KWA has helped support local watershed groups eorts and worked on watershed plans. Water droplets represent a groundbreaking partnerships with US Fish and Wildlife Service to fund protection, restoration and study of threatened and endangered aquatic species in Kentucky.
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.
Rockcastle River Conservation Program
The Rockcastle River Conservation Program was formed to conserve land and species and enhance the overall quality of life around this special river. The Rockcastle has the cleanest water in the state of Kentucky. At the same time, the area is among the fastest growing areas in the state and millions of dollars are needed to conserve sensitive habitats before they are lost forever to development or mining. While the lower part of the Rockcastle River is protected because it is home to endangered species, the upper areas are still exposed and unprotected and face immediate threats, mainly from tourism and the prospect of a new I-66 interstate. Horse Lick Creek and Sinking Creek are special focus areas of the project.
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
Beaman to Bells Bend Corridor Project
The Beaman Park to Bells Bend corridor project represents an unprecedented opportunity for Nashville and Davidson County to become a regional leader in rural conservation. This irreplaceable jewel could very easily be lost without careful planning. So far, The Land Trust has protected 445 acres through eight individual projects of the corridor with conservation easements.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY - TENNESSEE
Conservation Habitat Priorities Maps
These interactive maps were created in conjunction with the 2015 State Wildlife Plan. Maps include Aquatic Habitat Priorities and Associated Upstream Landscape Priorities, Priorities Adjacent to Karst Habitat, Terrestrial Habitat Priorities, and Combined Priorities for TN Terrestrial, Downstream Aquatic, and Adjacent Karst Habitats.
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.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Drought in the South: Planning for a Water-Wise Future (2009)
A look at drought related issues facing the South and how to plan and prepare for them.
Smart Growth in the Southeast
The Southeast has been sprawling faster than any other part of the country; our region’s haphazard and inefficient development patterns and asphalt-centered transportation programs have increased fuel consumption and tailpipe pollution while leading to the rapid loss of farmland, natural areas, and open spaces. SELC’s experts are advocating smart growth policies at the state and local levels that will help make communities more desirable, sustainable, and economically competitive while reducing the cost to taxpayers to serve growth.
TENNESSEE 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.
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.