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TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY
Integrated Resource Plan and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
The 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) provides a direction for how TVA will meet the long-term energy needs of the Tennessee Valley region. This document and the associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement evaluate scenarios that could unfold over the next 20 years.The IRP discusses ways that TVA can meet future electricity demand economically while supporting TVA’s equally important mandates for environmental stewardship and economic development across the Valley.
The Environmental Impact Statement focuses on the potential impacts of the various IRP strategies more closely and in greater detail than do the environmental metrics presented in this IRP. The impacts of actions to implement the IRP, such as building and operating a new generating facility, will be the subject of action- and site-specific NEPA reviews.
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.
Cumberland River and Browns, Richland, Whites Creeks Feasibility Study
As a result of record flooding in May 2010, a reconnaissance report was completed to evaluate water resources issues including flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, navigation, water supply, and hydropower within the Cumberland River Basin. A flood risk management feasibility study for Nashville and Davidson County is being conducted.
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 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.
Harpeth River Watershed Study
As a result of record flooding in 2010, within the Harpeth River Watershed, a reconnaissance report was completed evaluating water resources issues including flood risk management and ecosystem restoration within the watershed. The reconnaissance report found federal interest in pursuing both flood risk and ecosystem restoration issues into the feasibility-level of study. The Feasibility Cost Share Agreement (FCSA) was signed on 13 June 2013 to investigate flood risk management in the Harpeth Basin upstream of the Dickson/Davidson County line.
J. Percy Priest Lake Water Supply Study
Multiple municipal and industrial water users have requested that the Corps of Engineers reallocate storage in the J. Percy Priest Reservoir to provide additional water supply storage. The Water Supply Reallocation Study and is authorized by the Water Supply Act of 1958, as amended.
Mill Creek Feasibility Report
The May 2010 flood event in the Mill Creek Watershed interrupted what had been a study with an ecosystem restoration focus, and the study was re-initiated in February 2013 with a focus on flood risk management. A path forward was determined by the results of this updated alternative analysis, pulling from the prior Mill Creek study as well as the Metro Unified Flood Preparedness Plan (UFPP) completed in January 2013.
Old Hickory Lake Master Plan
2016 master plan for Old Hickory Lake.
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Ask WATERS answers multi-program questions that draw on information from the databases linked through WATERS. This tool generates cross-program calculations, examines spatial relationships between programs, performs nationwide analyses, produces multi-program inventory reports for a given geographic area, and investigates interstate water quality issues. The 'Simple Query' answers frequently asked questions about WATERS data. Its easy-to-use interface returns summary, detailed, and graphical results in an easy-to-read format.The 'Expert Query' is a powerful tool consisting of fully interactive database views for users requiring more specific data analyses.
Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load Tracking and Implementation System (ATTAINS)
The Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Tracking and Implementation System (ATTAINS) is an online system for accessing information about the conditions in the Nation’s surface waters.
Environmental Conservation Online System (ECOS)
ECOS serves a variety of reports and data related to Fish and Wildlife Service Threatened and Endangered Species. Links for the systems most popular reports and data resources include: All Threatened and Endangered Animals, All Threatened and Endangered Plants, Critical Habitat, Delisted Species, Listed Species Summary, and Reclassified Species.
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
The National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation is a partnership effort with the States and national conservation organizations, and has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. It is a useful tool that quantifies the economic impact of wildlife-based recreation. Federal, State, and private organizations use this detailed information to manage wildlife, market products, and look for trends. The 2011 Survey is the twelfth in a series of surveys conducted about every 5 years since 1955.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Strategic Plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program: FY2016-2020
This plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program is built around seven core goals: • Conserve Aquatic Species; • Conserve, Restore, and Enhance Aquatic Habitats; • Manage Aquatic Invasive Species; • Fulfill Tribal Trust and Subsistence Responsibilities; • Enhance Recreational Fishing and Other Public Uses of Aquatic Resources; • Increase Staffing Levels, Technical Capabilities, and Natural and Physical Assets to Fully Meet Our Mission; and • Educate and Engage the Public and our Partners to Advance our Conservation Mission.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Forest Plan - Daniel Boone National Forest
Every National Forest has a Land and Resource Management Plan. The Forest Plan describes desired conditions that may be achievable only over a period longer than the 15 years covered by the plan. Monitoring and evaluation reports for the Forest Plan are available here.
Land and Resource Management Planning - Land Between the Lakes
A USDA Forest Service Land and Resource Management Plan finalizes the collaborative efforts between the public and the Forest Service for guiding future forest planning. A concerted effort of Forest Service and civilian scientists, biologists, foresters, and other specialists contribute to and support the findings and recommendations in a plan. The 2004 Area Plan still guides Land Between The Lakes’ land and resource management decisions.
StreamNotes is an aquatic and riparian systems publication that has the objective of facilitating knowledge transfer from research and development to on-the-ground application, through technical articles, case studies, and news items. Stream related topics include hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic biology, riparian plant ecology, and climate change.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Annual Water Data Reports
These reports were published annually for many decades for use by engineers, scientists, managers, educators, and the general public. These static archival products supplemented direct access to current and historical water data provided by the National Water Information System web interface (NWISWeb), the authoritative source for USGS water data.
Assessment of Pesticides, Nutrients, and Suspended Sediment of the Little River Basin, Kentucky
The purpose of this work is 1) develop and apply a multiple-source tracking approach to identify different sources(s) of pathogens, sediment and nitrogen that are exported to streams across land use and variable hydrologic conditions, and 2) provide insight into pathways to improve water quality for various parameters.This effort will also help guide effective restoration efforts primarily in the South Fork Little River subbasin.
Gages - Kentucky
USGS gages for monitoring current conditions of surface water, precipitation, groundwater, and water quality, as well as lake and reservoir elevations in Kentucky. Historical gage data for streamflow, groundwater, and water quality, as well as annual reports.
Gauges - Tennessee
USGS gages for monitoring current conditions of surface water, precipitation, groundwater, and water quality, as well as lake and reservoir elevations in Tennessee. Historical gage data for streamflow, groundwater, and water quality, as well as annual reports.
Groundwater Availability in the United States
This report examines what is known about the Nation's ground-water availability and outlines a program of study by the U.S. Geological Survey Groundwater Resources Program to improve our understanding of groundwater availability in major aquifers across the Nation.
Groundwater Publications - USGS Tennessee
USGS' Tennessee Water Science Center has published a number of water-information reports on groundwater. From this Web page, you can locate, view, download, or order scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by USGS scientists and partners.
Metro Nashville Flood Monitoring Project
A study to develop a system for accurately extrapolating flood depth and extent, based on real-time or projected river stage.
Publications - Kentucky
This webpage houses many USGS Kentucky publications on a variety of water related topics.
The USGS Publications Warehouse provides access to over 130,000 publications written by USGS scientists over the century-plus history of the bureau.
Surface Water Publications - USGS Tennessee
USGS' Tennessee Water Science Center has published a number of water-information reports on surface water. From this Web page, you can locate, view, download, or order scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by USGS scientists and partners.
Turbidity Monitoring in Tennessee
A study involving suspended-sediment and turbidity monitoring at streamgaging stations near the segment of State Route 840 under construction between Fairview and Bending Chestnut.
Water Quality Publications - USGS Tennessee
USGS' Tennessee Water Science Center has published a number of water-information reports on water quality. From this Web page, you can locate, view, download, or order scientific and technical articles and reports as well as general interest publications such as booklets, fact sheets, pamphlets, and posters resulting from the research performed by USGS scientists and partners.
U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Integrated Resource Management Applications
The IRMA Portal provides easy access to National Park Service applications that manage and deliver resource information to parks, partners and the public. The searchable portal includes resources related to data and documents, research in the parks, and species in the parks.
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.
Conservation and Management Plan for the Native Walleye of Kentucky
This conservation and management plan outlines strategies for conserving and enhancing existing native walleye populations in KY and for establishing other self-sustaining populations in suitable waters.
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.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have developed techniques to assess the overall status of the major sport fisheries in lakes around the state. These assessments are used not only to give biologists an idea of the overall well being of the fishery in each water body, but they can also be used by anglers in planning their next fishing trip. For example, anglers can use the assessments to determine which lakes could result in good numbers of quality-size bass or where they might have the best chance of catching their next trophy.
Statewide Annual Fish Sampling Reports
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources collects a variety of information on fish abundance, sizes and growth rates. They also gather information on fishing effort and catch rates of recreational anglers from creel surveys as well as angler attitudes and concerns from questionnaires. The yearly results from these studies are contained in our Annual Lakes and Tailwaters reports. These are primarily scientific documents, but there is a wealth of information available in them concerning the fisheries of Kentucky.
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 2013-2017
Information regarding the Department of Fish and Wildlife's 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.
KY DEPARTMENT OF MINE RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Cumulative Hydrologic Impact Assessment
The Division of Mine Permits is responsible for assessing the impact of an applicant’s proposed operation on the environment. A Cumulative Hydrologic Impact Assessment (CHIA) is conducted for each application. The data is organized by the watershed’s Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC), which is used to identify the unique watershed. The data may include surface water quality, benthic information, groundwater quality, water quality violations, pollutant discharge elimination information, mine history and information regarding pending mines. The files are organized by their HUC 12 watershed and are available for download.
Watershed Trend Station Data
The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources has posted water quality data taken from in-stream sampling sites throughout the Kentucky coalfields. The data represents analyses of water samples taken quarterly from July 2010 through June 2012. Samples were taken from 53 sites in the eastern coalfield and 11 sites in the western coalfield during the time period. A table on this webpage lists information for each sample site and a link to its data sheet containing the measurements of concentration for tested analytes.
KY DIVISION OF CONSERVATION
Agriculture Water Quality Plan and Agriculture Water Quality Authority
Members of the Agriculture Water Quality Authority are appointed by the governor to represent the state’s agriculture and environmental community while developing and supporting a statewide agricultural water quality plan. The statewide agriculture water quality plan is an effort to produce a practical, flexible, coordinated natural resources management system that protects the waters of the Commonwealth and complies with applicable government rules and regulations. This website lists members of the authority, contains links to meeting minutes, and links visitors to the Agriculture Water Quality Plan.
KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
20/20 Vision for Reforestation
The goal for this project is to plant 20 million seedlings over the next 20 years, making it currently the most ambitious tree planting project of its kind in the nation. This webpage has information about the program and about who to contact if you would like to become involved.
Forestland Assessment Online Survey Results
An online survey was conducted in 2009 to determine the forest issues that are most relevant to Kentucky citizens.
Publications covering a variety of subject including logging best management practices designed to protect water quality.
Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy
The Kentucky Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy document identifies key forest-related issues and priorities to support development of a long-term resource strategy specific to Kentucky's forest needs. Specific sections of interest cover Water Quality and Quantity, as well as Funding.
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Drinking Water Annual Compliance Report
The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that each state submit an annual report on public water system violations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These annual compliance reports must address violations of national primary drinking water regulations.
Drought Mitigation and Response Plan
This 2008 plan provides statewide guidance to assess and minimize the impacts of a drought in Kentucky.
Integrated Reports: 305(b) Assessed Waters and 303(d) Lists
Every two years Kentucky reports to Congress on the condition of water resources in Kentucky. Water quality reports are available on KDOW's website in part or whole from the most recent back to 1996. 305(b) GIS data from 1998-2014 can be found here.
Kentucky Nutrient Reduction Strategy
The Kentucky Division of Water is developing a draft Nutrient Reduction Strategy to outline ongoing and future efforts to reduce the amount nutrients entering Kentucky waters and, ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico. Kentucky’s strategy is being designed as a comprehensive, overarching framework to guide reduction of nutrient loading and develop a reasonable and appropriate watershed-specific plan to manage nutrients. The strategy will build on programs already in place in Kentucky and will consolidate activities being conducted by other state and federal agencies.This webpage includes additional documents and information about the strategy.
Kentucky Division of Water Annual Reports
The Annual Report summarizes the work of the KY Division of Water’s scientists, specialists, and administrative staff towards reaching the division’s mission of managing, protecting, and enhancing the water resources of the Commonwealth. This mission is largely carried out by implementing four strategic objectives: 1. Protect, manage and restore water resources; 2. Conduct effective water resources planning; 3. Meet federal and state program requirements; and 4. Promote better management and communication of data. The Annual Report highlights the progress being made in achieving these strategic objectives. This webpage includes annual reports dating back to 2008.
Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Plan
The KY Division of Water designed the Kentucky Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan in 2014 to be used for several purposes. First, this plan was designed as a way to inform citizens of the work the agency is doing to reduce nonpoint source pollution. Second, anyone applying for a Section 319(h) grant should draw on this document as a way of understanding the Commonwealth’s priorities for the NPS Program. Finally, this document was intended to meet the Clean Water Act requirements and the US EPA’s Nine Key Elements guidance.
Potential for Levels of Arsenic and Chromium in Drinking Water
2013 study by the Division of Water.
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Health Reports
This TMDL webpage houses pre- and post-monitoring reports that provide information about the TMDL process and relay scientific information about water quality and biological health. Quick links are available to approved TMDLs, delisted streams, TMDLs under development, and a TMDL tool kit. TMDL information can also be viewed specifically in the upper Cumberland or lower Cumberland regions.
Water Health Portal
The water healthy portal includes information regarding the health status of Kentucky surface waters and allows users to connect to studies and reports on various streams and identify Kentucky's 'Outstanding State Resource Waters.'
Water Resource Information System (WRIS)
The WRIS is comprised of strategic plans, water resource maps and publications, systems management information, reporting and regulatory requirements, guidance and training documents, procedural guidance and forms for project implementation and funding, and internet links to support services. Interactive maps in the system support planning and regionalization efforts. The interactive maps also facilitate drought monitoring and response, and rapid response to contamination emergencies. The GIS contains data for water and wastewater treatment facilities, water lines, water sources, storage facilities, sewer lines, and a database of non-spatial systems information. The GIS provides the fundamental data needed for the planning and emergency response activities. Using the GIS infrastructure data in computer models allows for cost-effective analysis of engineering alternatives, and facilitates the efficiencies needed to meet the needs of Kentucky's infrastructure development.
KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Interagency Groundwater Monitoring Network
This website has information about the Kentucky Interagency Groundwater Monitoring Network, a long-term, interagency groundwater monitoring network to characterize the quality, quantity, and distribution of groundwater in Kentucky. The webpage includes a map of sampling sites and annual reports dating back to 1999.
Kentucky Nutrient Model
The Kentucky Nutrient Model (KYNM) was developed in 2014 to provide the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) with a simplified tool for use in developing nutrient based TMDLs and in evaluating different nutrient management strategies. This webpage offers more information and links visitors to the Kentucky Nutrient Model Report and a Kentucky Nutrient Model Calibration Tutorial.
KY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
Species and Community Reports
These reports include monitored rare and extirpated biota lists, monitored natural communities list, county reports, and monitored species with habitat and number of occurrences.
Species Data Requests
Specific identification and location data for rare species and exemplary natural community occurrences can be provided when well-defined project areas are submitted for review. In addition, a list of rare species and exemplary natural community elements along with the number of occurrences of each element is also available for each county. This entire report is available online for download, orindividual counties can be accessed on this Web site (Species & Natural Community) Data on conservation lands is also available.
KY WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Kentucky Nutrient Model
The Kentucky Nutrient Model (KYNM) was developed in 2014 to provide the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) with a simplified tool for use in developing nutrient based TMDLs and in evaluating different nutrient management strategies. This webpage offers more information and links visitors to the Kentucky Nutrient Model Report and a Kentucky Nutrient Model Calibration Tutorial.
State Resources - TENNESSEE
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
Tree Care Plan
The purpose of the Austin Peay State University's 2016 tree care plan is to identify and develop policies and procedures to be used in planning, establishing, maintaining and preserving the landscape on the campus of Austin Peay State University.
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
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.
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.
Small Communities Train and Trainer Storm Water Management Project
The Department of Environment and Conservation, Office of Environmental Assistance has conducted a small communities Train the Trainer Storm Water management project. The project intent is to help apply storm water management activities of small communities. Resources include a 2006 program manual, a program presentation, and a small communities environmental survey.
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.
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
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.
Voluntary Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices in Tennessee
Surveys were conducted in 2007 and 2010 by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry in cooperation with the University of Tennessee, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries to determine how frequently forestry Best Management Practices were implemented. The implementation survey was designed to be consistent with methodology as described in the Southern Group of State Forester's Silvicultural Best Management Practices Implementation Monitoring Framework for State Forestry Agencies.
Water Quality Webpage
This webpage provides an overview of water quality programs and measures employed by the Division of Forestry.
TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
303(d) Lists of Impaired Waters in Tennessee
The 303(d) list is a compilation of the lakes, rivers, and streams in Tennessee that fail to meet one or more water quality standards. In addition, the list provides pollutant information and TMDL prioritization. 303(d) lists available on this site data back to 1992.
305(b) Report on Surface Water Quality in Tennessee
The 305(b) Report summarizes the general water quality of surface waters in Tennessee. The report contains information about water quality, the assessment process, use support, causes and sources of pollution, and waterbodies posted due to human health risks. 305(b) reports available on this site date back to 2002.
Comparison of Nutrient Levels, Periphyton Densities and Diurnal Dissolved Oxygen Patterns in Impaired and Reference Quality Streams in Tennessee
This document compares algal densities and nutrient levels to diurnal DO patterns in reference and impaired steams in 16 subecoregions.
Development of Regionally-Based Numeric Interpretations of Tennessee's Narrative Biological Integrity Criterion
This report contains guidance for interpretation of existing narrative biological criteria based on regional reference data. The report details macroinvertebrate monitoring at reference streams. The metric selection and assessment guidelines are discussed.
Development of Regionally-Based Interpretations of Tennessee's Narrative Nutrient Criterion
This report contains guidance for interpretation of existing narrative nutrient criteria based on regional reference data. The report summarizes reference nutrient data and describes how nitrate+nitrite and total phosphorus goals were developed.
Development of Regionally Based pH Criteria for Wadeable Streams
This document describes a statewide study of regional differences in the effect pH has on the aquatic communities in wadeable streams and rivers. These results will form the basis of recommendations for regional pH criteria to be formalized in the General Water Quality Criteria.
Drinking Water Webpages
These webpages are home to a variety of drinking water publications and resources. Resources include annual reports of drinking water violations, a list of in state commercial laboratories, forms and applications and more.
Drought Management Plan
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Drought Management Plan is a plan on water management during extended periods of below average rainfall and streamflow as a result of drought. One of the department's goals is to maximize the ability of TN water resources to support all of its uses.
Evaluation of Regional Dissolved Oxygen Patterns of Wadeable Streams in Tennessee Based on Diurnal and Daytime Monitoring
This report describes a statewide study of regional differences in both diurnal and daylight dissolved oxygen patterns in wadeable streams. Study results will help guide fish and aquatic life criteria decisions for the 2002 triennial review of water quality standards.
Habitat Quality of Least-Impacted Streams in Tennessee
This report describes the habitat quality of ecoregion reference streams. Seasonal variability, stream size and ecoregion expectations are discussed. Reference data is compared to historic habitat assessments. Guidelines for maintaining protective habitat in each of Tennessee's 25 ecological subregions are provided. The report includes a question and answer section of habitat guidance implementation.
Mercury Air Deposition and Selenium Levels in Tennessee Fish and Surface Water
This document reports the results from a study that was designed to test whether predicted mercury air deposition levels using the REMSAD model was correlated to mercury concentrations in fish tissue and water samples. Selenium concentrations were also analyzed in the fish tissue and water samples.
Mercury Levels in Tennessee Fish
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation compiled tissue data from multiple agencies in order to analyze mercury concentrations in fish from Tennessee's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams. This analysis led to the issuance of new and updated mercury advisories in April, 2007.
Oil and Grease Control Guidance Document
Guidance for municipalities in creating regulations and enforcement plans dealing with oil and grease on a local level.
Quality Systems Standard Operating Procedures for Stream Sampling, Surveys, and Monitoring
These document describes procedures for collecting chemical and bacteriological samples of surface waters; for undertaking Macroinvertebrate and Periphyton Stream Surveys; for monitoring wadeable streams (including design and stream characterization,macroinvertebrate and habitat, water chemistry, pathogens, and periphyton); streams below impoundments, and Inner Nashville Basin streams with an emphasis on nutrient and macroinvertebrate relationships.
Regional Characterization of Streams in Tennessee with Emphasis on Diurnal Dissolved Oxygen, Nutrients, Habitat, Geomorphology and Macroinvertebrates
This report describes a 2004 statewide study, which is a continuation of a 2002 study of regional differences in diurnal dissolved oxygen patterns in wadeable streams. Other goals of this study were to characterize streams based on geomorphology, periphyton, and nutrients and describe streams that cross ecoregions in west Tennessee.
Surface Water Monitoring and Assessment Program Plan
The Division of Water Resources (DWR) has a comprehensive monitoring program that serves its water quality management needs and addresses all the state's surface waters including streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands. These report details the monitoring program plan, excluding inspection information: FY 2016-2017, FY 2015-2016, FY 2014-2015.
Tennessee Coalfields Fish Tissue and Water Quality Study (2011-2013)
Report of a study conducted by the Division of Water Resources conducted to evaluate the potential bioaccumulation of metals in native game fish in streams draining Tennessee Coalfields.
Tennessee Ecoregion Project (1994-1999)
This report contains a detailed description of Tennessee's ecoregion delineation and reference stream monitoring project. The ecoregion report describes how subregions were defined and how reference streams were selected. The report includes descriptions of macroinvertebrate, bacteriological, and chemical monitoring as well as habitat assessment. Summaries of all data are provided.
Tennessee's Plan for Nutrient Criteria Development
Describes the approach the Division of Water Resources will use to identify and adopt additional water quality standards for nutrient related parameters.
Water Quality Assessment Map
An interactive map showing the water quality status of waters across the state of Tennessee. Data is derived from 305(b) and 303(d) water quality reports. Both causes and sources of pollution can be uncovered using this map. Additional map layers that can be viewed are water resource related permits, monitoring sites, and Exceptional Tennessee Waters.
Water Quality Reports and Publications
This webpage includes links to water quality laws, rules, general information and planning documents, water quality assessment documents (including 305b and 303d lists) and technical/engineering documents.
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 EXTENSION SERVICE
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.
TN WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
A Comparative Analysis of Water Quality Monitoring Programs in the Southeast: Lessons for Tennessee
This report provides the results of research conducted by the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center on statewide volunteer monitoring programs. Its intent is to inform Tennessee decision-makers and other stakeholders so they may begin an earnest dialogue on the viability of initiating such a program in Tennessee.
Tennessee Water Resources Research Center Annual Technical Report FY 2015-16
A report that covers a variety of TWRRCA work including: 104B Seed Grants; Student Stipends; Nutrient, Climate, and Outreach initiatives.
Tool for Assessing the Capacity of Local Watershed Partnerships to Produce Lasting Effects (2010)
The goals of this research were to 1) consult the literature concerned with partnership characteristics that lead to lasting watershed recovery, or sustainable water vi management 2) develop an assessment tool, based on the dominant themes found in the sustainable water management literature, and 3) test the tool on a mature local watershed partnership for future revision. The assessment tool that resulted from this research consists of two items: 1) a self-assessment survey concerned with structural and process elements of a partnership that lead to lasting watershed efforts, and 2) a survey guide that assists watershed management practitioners in understanding survey relevance and exploring their own structures and processes for improvement. These products were then tested and reviewed, which resulted in survey and survey guide revisions, and ultimately a practical and useful watershed partnership assessment tool.
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.
TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
TWRA uses angler surveys to compliment fish community surveys. Angler surveys rely on fishermen to provide information about a fishery including, effort, catch, preferences, demographics, and economics.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan (2008)
The main focus of this management plan is to prevent introductions of new aquatic nuisance species. Prevention requires some regulations and a wide variety of communication and education efforts. Many, but not all, are described in this document. Prevention however, will only assist in reducing the number of new species entering Tennessee waters. Management and control of existing nuisance species must also be undertaken to limit their negative impacts. Strategies for management and control are also described.
Bass clubs have an opportunity to help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency monitor bass populations. TWRA asks bass clubs and tournament organizations to share tournament results for all tournaments held on Tennessee reservoirs. Data will be recorded in the B.I.T.E. (Bass Information from Tournament Entries) program. State fisheries biologists use this information, along with other sampling data, to document trends in bass populations.
Climate Change and Potential Impacts to Wildlife in Tennessee
This Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency report is a comprehensive review of the scientific literature on climate change and its expected impacts on fish and wildlife and the habitats that they occupy. TWRA also offers this related fact sheet.
Fish Community Surveys
TWRA reservoir biologists spend many hours each year monitoring sport fisheries and forage fish communities. Because looking at the entire population of fishes in a lake is virtually impossible, biologists must depend on sampling to get a snapshot of population status and make predictions about how it will look in the future. This webpage has information about different sampling methods used by biologists including electrofishing, gill netting, seining, trawling, as well as information about lab analysis work.
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.
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.
Sewer Overflow Reports
Clarksville provides information to its citizens relating to Sanitary Sewer Overflows. Links to reports can be found on this webpage.
Water Quality Reports
Numerous mandated tests are performed daily on Clarksville's water and these findings can be viewed within the yearly, Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports on this webpage. Reports data back to 2010.
Cross Connection Program
The goal of the City of Franklin Water Management Department is to supply safe water to every customer under all foreseeable circumstances. Each instance where water is used improperly so as to create the possibility of backflow due to cross connections threatens the health and safety of customers and chances of realizing this goal. This webpage includes additional information about Cross Connections and includes the City's Cross Connection Control Plan and links to Tennessee Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies and the Tennessee Backflow Prevention Association.
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.
Water Division Homepage
This page is home to information about Franklin's Water Treatment Plant. It contains links to the City's Water Treatment Plan Upgrades, a map of the City's Water Utility District, annual drinking water quality reports dating back to 2010.
Water Quality Report
A water quality report for the City of Hopkinsville's drinking water.
Consumer Confidence Report
Read Metro Water Services’ annual consumer confidence report to find information about Nashville's drinking water.
Corrective Action Plan/Engineering Report
Metro Water Services' Corrective Action Plan / Engineering Report, which addresses conditions causing overflows in Nashville's sanitary sewer system. These sanitary sewer overflows, known as SSOs, have the potential to contribute to the impairment of Nashville's creeks, streams, and rivers and potentially pose a risk to public health.
Drought Management Plan
The purpose of this document is to identify trigger points and actions that Metro Water Services may take to protect the community during periods of drought. This document also provides a brief summary of the Department’s water supply system and applicable organizational structure.
Green Infrastructure Master Plan
This study assesses the potential impact of green infrastructure in the combined sewer area, including the identification of possible sites and pilot projects.
Greenways Plans and Projects
This page covers planned greenway projects and additions.
Long Term Control Plan
Metro Water Services' Long Term Control Plan which addresses conditions causing overflows from Nashville's combined sewer into the Cumberland River. These overflows contribute to impairment in the Cumberland River and potentially pose a risk to public health.
Annual MS4 reports for Nashville dating back to 2004.
Overflow Abatement Program - Resources
Resources includes public documents such as progress reports and annual reports, monthly regulatory reports, and technical documents such as the design management manual, technical specification document, Central Wastewater Treatment Plan Improvements documents, and others. From the program's resource page you can also link to Clean Water Nashville's program schedule, glossary,program designer FAQs, and additional resources.
Park Plans and Projects
A webpage providing information on capital projects and general planning for parks.
Plan To Play: Countywide Parks and Greenways Master Plan
Plan To Play is a Metro Parks and Recreation-led initiative for a countywide parks and greenways master plan, which will serve as a guide for future investments in and growth of Nashville's park system in the coming decades. The yearlong Plan To Play process includes an inventory of past and current plans, an analysis of programs and facility offerings, a benchmarking of peer cities, and an intensive public input process, including public meetings and surveys. This webpage includes additional information, surveys, a greenways interactive map, a video about the program, and more.
Water Quality Reports
Annual drinking water reports for Nashville dating back to 2010.
NASHVILLE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan
The plan serves as the gateway to federal transportation funds that are distributed through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration and represents the region's top priorities for state funding as the Tennessee Governor and TDOT prepare the annual three-year work program for the Tennessee General Assembly. Particularly relevant sections include: Chapter 3. Trends and Forecasts, which provides population and land development forecasts, amongst other trends and forecasts; and Chapter 9. Implementation and Monitoring, which describes how proposed transportation projects could potentially impact vulnerable populations and the natural environment along with a discussion of mitigation strategies.
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.
Annual reports to the State Department of Environment and Conservation on Murfreesboro's stormwater program activities. A 2015 annual report on the City's drinking water quality is available here a 2016 report is available here.
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.
Illicit Discharge Screening
The goal of this program is to locate non-stormwater discharges – particularly chronic discharges – entering the storm drain system and to eliminate them. Available Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination reports include reports for Lytle Creek Watershed, Town Creek Watershed, and West Fork Stones River.
Impaired and TMDL Waters in the City of Murfreesboro
A list of impaired and TMDL waters in the City of Murfreesboro from the City's 2014-2015 Stormwater Annual Report. Click here for amap of Murfreesboro showing watersheds, healthy and impaired streams, and the City's urban growth boundary.
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.
Murfreesboro has made available dye tracing studies and other studies performed by the City. Studies include: Maney, VA Hospital, Bushman, Lufkin Springs; York, Garrison, Bushman, Black Fox Springs; Three Rivers, Barfield, Tuma Springs; Watersheds, Murfreesboro Urban Growth Boundary; Dry Weather E. Coli Spring Sampling; Professional Biological Sampling; 2015 Murfreesboro Dye Trace Report.
Stormwater Annual Report
The City of Murfreesboro's 2014-2015 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report.
The Stormwater Department performs several different forms of monitoring and sampling in local streams and in the storm sewer system, as part of the city’s stormwater program required by federal and state regulations and permit. This website has additional information about this program and links visitors to the Bear Branch Watershed Plan with the US Army Corps of Engineers and visual stream assessments for East Fork Stones River Watershed, Lytle Creek Watershed, Middle Fork Stones River, Overall Creek Watershed, Sinking Creek Stream, and Upper West Fork Stones. The site also houses several stream assessment videos shot at Bear Branch Creek, where the City was found trash and sediment and checked the streams pH, conductivity and temperature.
Sub-Basin Area Master Plan
The Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department (MWSD) maintains a 201 Wastewater Facilities Plan for sanitary sewer. This plan defines the overall planned sewer service area for the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) owned and operated by the City of Murfreesboro. Some service areas (i.e., sub-basins) have been studied to a finer level of detail through a Sub-basin Area Master Plan (SAMP).
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGAZATION RESOURCES
Reclamation Fail Study / Map
A study and interactive map highlight the dearth of previously mined sites across Appalachia that have been reclaimed.
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.
CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
2015-2016 Annual Report
A review of the Cumberland River Compacts 2015-2016 accomplishments.
HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
This webpage is home to information about why the Harpeth does not not meet State Water Quality Standards in the summer and related science based efforts of the association. The page links visitors to an article about the high number of people who visit Harpeth River State Park, a 2006 HRWA Dissolved Oxygen Study and later 2007-2008 studies; and a 2006 Water Quality Analysis study funded by the organization.
Water Quality and Sustainability
HRWA's Water Quality and Sustainability efforts focus on ensuring that policies and regulations are in place that support water quality. Efforts involve shaping growth and the built human landscape so that the ecological health of the river and its watershed is maintained and improved. HRWA's expertise include watershed management and planning, stormwater management and regulations, clean water law and regulations, federal and state permitting and local planning and zoning, and land use planning. This page includes links to HRWA's Protect Our River Campaign, Sewer work, Drinking Water efforts, Toilet to Tap, Egyptian Lacquer's point source pollution, Lowhead Dam Removal, and other science related efforts. This page also links visitors to a number of watershed plans including: theFive Mile Creek Watershed; the headwaters; the West Harpeth; Jones Creek and the South Harpeth.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
Kentucky Aquatic Resource Fund (KARF)
KARF provides a way for multiple agencies and partners to contribute funding and other resources to conserve Kentucky’s best places. KWA’s role in the partnership is to act as the financial steward of the fund. The fund exists to ensure that all ill-effects to aquatic species are adequately addressed, and that real conservation and recovery benefits are provided. KARF supports voluntary land preservation agreements and has funds designated to match other grants or programs that support or match our goals. The fund will support much needed research, surveys, and monitoring of waterways and water quality along with stream and stream/riverbank area management. The funds will also support threatened species propagation and introductions throughout the state and promote habitat restoration and enhancement through the Best Management Practices installation.
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.
LAND TRUST FOR TENNESSEE
Davidson County Open Space Plan
Nashville’s Open Space Plan, released in 2011, is an ongoing partnership between The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Office of the Mayor focused on protecting open space throughout Davidson County. It is a map for the strategic conservation and creation of green spaces, by both the public and private sectors, to protect the unique landscape of Middle Tennessee. The project includes a variety of opportunities – creating neighborhood parks and gardens, conserving hillsides and private parks, and protecting farms, forests and river corridors outside the urban core. The plan can be downloaded here.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KENTUCKY
This page includes links to the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky's 2016 Strategic Plan, Annual Reports, an archive of newsletters, and more.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF 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.
Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Tennessee
This report, part of a series of state studies, highlights the economic impacts of climate change in Tennessee and provides examples of additional ripple effects such as reduced spending in other sectors and resulting losses of jobs, wages, and even tax revenues.
Habitat Conservation Plan - Components
Information about the HCP's various components: Includes pages for: Covered activities within the Cumberland HCP, such as wastewater treatment plant development, waterbody crossings, bridge and culvert construction, water and sewer utility lines and more; Biological Goals and Objectives; Limiting Factors; Conservation Measures;Monitoring; and more.
Habitat Conservation Plan - Covered Species
There are 16 rare, threatened, and endangered animal species listed as "covered species" in the Cumberland HCP. Covered species webpages include a photo gallery of species, information about additional rare species that benefit from the plan, as well as videos about cerulean warblers and hellbenders.
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forests, streams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Areabiology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.
Habitat Conservation Plan Website
The Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan is a partnership that includes the City of Crossville and Cumberland County, universities, organizations, business owners, landowners, and other private citizens. These partners are working together to conserve the forests and waters of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee and provide for continued economic growth in the region. The plan is fully funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A map of the planning area is here — Cumberland River Basin portions of the area include sections of the Caney Fork and Obey River. A brochure with general information about the plan is here, a species to benefit fact sheet is here, FAQs are answered here, information about events is here, and a newsletter is provided here.
Linking Conservation Priorities to Wetland and Stream Mitigation Decisions
This 2011 document presents a watershed planning approach for linking conservation priorities to wetland and stream mitigation decisions for the Stones River.
Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects
This handbook demonstrates how using a watershed approach can help ensure that selection, design and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required by compensatory mitigation projects, also contribute to goals of improved water quality, increased flood mitigation, improved quality and quantity of habitat, and increases in other services and benefits.
RICHLAND CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE
Amphibian Study Report
The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency formed a study partnership in 2012 to monitor the Richland Creek ecosystem for amphibians. The scope of the study was prioritized for the species of Greatest Conservation Need (GCN)—Streamside Salamander, Ambystoma barbouri.
Dissolved Oxygen Study
The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance Water Quality Monitoring Program conducted a dissolved oxygen study in the summer of 2011 at McCabe Park in Nashville, TN. The study area was chosen to evaluate if water withdrawal used for irrigation by the golf course was causing poor oxygen conditions in Richland Creek.
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.
Forestry Bioenergy in the Southeast United States: Implications for Wildlife Habitat and Biodiversity
The southeastern United States (SE U.S.) is currently experiencing what is likely the world’s most rapid growth in the development of woody biomass energy facilities. Expansion of this new industry is prompting wide-ranging discussion about opportunities and risks that biomass energy demands may pose for SE forest lands. This study, commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Southern Environmental Law Center with funds provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, was developed to help inform and guide this emerging body of basic and applied forest research.
STONES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Stones River Watershed Association annual reports dating back to 2005.
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
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.