Public Health and Environmental Justice Resource Library

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FEDERAL RESOURCES

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool
EJSCREEN is an environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides EPA with a nationally consistent dataset and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. EJSCREEN users choose a geographic area; the tool then provides demographic and environmental information for that area. All of the EJSCREEN indicators are publicly-available data. EJSCREEN simply provides a way to display this information and includes a method for combining environmental and demographic indicators into EJ indexes. Water related indicators include proximity to 'Risk Management Plan' sites, proximity to 'Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities', proximity to 'National Priorities List' sites, and proximity to major direct water dischargers. Environmental justice indicators include 'Percent Low Income,' 'Percent Minority,' 'Less than Highschool Education,' 'Linguistic Education,' 'Individuals Under Age 5,' Individuals Over Age 64.'

Environmental Quality Index and Associated Domain Indices by County for the U.S.
This map service displays the results data from the EPA's Environmental Quality Index. The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in the Environmental Public Health Division (EPHD) is currently engaged in research aimed at developing a measure that estimates overall environmental quality at the county level for the United States. This work is being conducted as an effort to learn more about how various environmental factors simultaneously contribute to health disparities in low-income and minority populations, and to better estimate the total environmental and social context to which humans are exposed. This dataset contains the finalized Environmental Quality Index (EQI), and an index for each of the associated domains (air, water, land, built environment, and sociodemographic environment). Indices are at the county level for all counties in the United States.


U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Drinking Water Research Topics
These U.S. Geological Survey webpages provide scientific data and information on the occurrence, fate, and transport of emerging and legacy contaminants in water resources, assessments of drinking-water sources, and the vulnerability of water supplies to contamination.

 

State Resources - KENTUCKY

KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Blue Green Algae and Harmful Algal Blooms
Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria found in lakes in Kentucky and throughout the United States.  They occur naturally, but if their numbers get too high they can pose health risks to humans and animals. Both the Kentucky Division of Water and the U.S. Army Corps have initiated increased testing of lakes in Kentucky to document these blooms and provide updated information to the public. This webpage offers additional resources and information. 

Fish Consumption Advisories
Advisories in the Cumberland River Basin and across the state of Kentucky. 

 

KY DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Local Health Department Listings
Contact information for county health department offices in Kentucky. 

Lead Poisoning and Lead Issues
Information and resources related lead related laws and safety. 

Mercury Information Page
Information and resources related mercury and mercury exposure.


KY DIVISION OF WATER
Information for Water Treatment Professionals in Kentucky
This page has resources for all drinking water professionals associated with a public water system in Kentucky. The division of water also includes a page with listed technical resources

Water Advisories
The Division of Water issues water quality advisories for fish consumptionswimming, and harmful algal blooms.


KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Water Resources Section
The Water Resources Section conducts a variety of hydrogeological investigations and acts as a scientific-technical resource to assist the groundwater data needs of state and federal agencies, other KGS sections and UK research faculty, professional geoscientists and engineers, and the general public. This webpage contains information and contacts for different initiatives of the section including details regarding the following work: the Center for Disease Control Private Well Initiative; Inventory of Sinkholes and Sinkhole Occurrences;  and Emerging Contaminants.  

 

State Resources - TENNESSEE

TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Underground Injection Well Information
Information about underground injection wells, drinking water, and public safety. 

 

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

CLARKSVILLE
Backflow and Cross Connection
Educational information about backflow and cross connection issues and what can be done to prevent them from occurring. 

 

COOKEVILLE
Safety Information
Information about protecting your home against cross connections, backflows, and calling before you dig. 

 

FRANKLIN
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.
 

HOPKINSVILLE
Water Quality Concerns
A document created by the City that addresses common water quality concerns.


NASHVILLE
Backflow Prevention
Information about requirements and safety practices aimed at preventing backflows. The City also provides this video for preventing backflow. 

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

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

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.

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.

Metro Water Services History
A history of Metro Nashville's Water Services. This page also links visitors to a History of Water Services video, as well as a history of the Cumberland River video, and a history of Nashville video

Preventing Lead in Drinking Water
Metro Water Services (MWS) views public health as a core part of its mission. MWS consistently provides safe, reliable water services that meet or exceed all state and federal standards for public health, including compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule. This webpage is home to additional information about lead, ways to reduce your risk, and links visitors to the following resources, such as the results of lead analysis since 1995. 

Water Quality Reports
Annual drinking water reports for Nashville dating back to 2010. 


MURFREESBORO
Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Protection
This website is home to information about these issues and Murfreesboro's efforts to address them. The page links visitors to a Cross-Connection Control Procedures Manual and a list of cross-connection certified plumbers.

Pretreatment Program
The Environmental Protection Agency requires that a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) Facility with a design flow greater than 5 million gallons per day receiving pollutants from industrial users which could cause interference or pass-through at the POTW develop and implement a Pretreatment Program. This webpage is home to information about Murfreesboro's Pretreatment Program. 

 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

APPALACHIAN CITIZENS LAW CENTER
Environmental Work
This page covers the environmental related efforts of Appalachian Citizens Law Center. ACLC has been involved in efforts to: force state and federal regulators to evaluate the potential impacts of proposed surface mines on human health; stop companies from mining on land without the full consent of all of the land’s owners; hold companies accountable for falsifying pollution discharge reports; and to hold accountable the state environmental protection agencies that are mandated to regulate industry pollution.

The POWER+ (Plus) Plan
The POWER+ (Plus) Plan is a $10 billion initiative to assist communities struggling with the decline of the coal industry in growing and diversifying their economies. ACLC links visitors to this website. 


APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN ADVOCATES
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Over the last 15 years, AMA have led the legal battle against mountaintop removal mining and have worked hard to prevent the coal industry from externalizing environmental and economic costs onto the public. Our settlements and court victories have led to hundreds of millions of dollars spent on cleaning up dirty streams and protecting public health, and more than $15 million devoted to land trusts.

Natural Gas Extraction
AMA works to quantify impacts of committing to natural gas infrastructure doing environmental reviews of pipeline proposals and representing private property owners rights impacted by pipelines /proposed pipelines. 

 

APPALACHIAN VOICES
Abandoned Mines Map
An interactive map of abandoned mines across the Appalachian region. 

Appalachian Water Watch
Through the Appalachian Water Watch program, we work to address water quality issues in coal-impacted communities around Central Appalachia by promoting and ensuring compliance with laws that protect clean water. The Appalachian Water Watch Alerts Site was created to help people in Central Appalachia report and track incidents of water pollution.The Appalachian Citizens Enforcement Project is designed to fill the vacuum left by the lack of state enforcement through empowering communities to monitor their own water, creating a broad perspective into the extent of coal-related contamination across the entire region. The Accountability through the Courts has information about water quality laws and lawsuits in the region. 

Coal Ash Ponds of the Southeast 
An interactive map of coal ash ponds across the southeast. 

Education
Appalachian Voices provides a variety of educational resources including MTR 101Coal Ash Educational Materials, and Fracking.

Spatial Data Downloads
iHeartMountains provides a variety of GIS datasets including 2009 Extent of Mining Survey files, 2012 Extent of Mining Survey files, and Reclamation Fail Survey Files.

Human Cost of Coal
Interactive maps with a wide variety of human related costs associated with coal mining. Topics covered include: Life Expectancy Change, Birth Rate Defect, Overall Wellbeing Index, Poverty Rate, Population Changes, Deaths from Chronic Cardiovascular Diseases, Deaths from Lung Cancer, Deaths from Respiratory Diseases, Deaths from All Cancer, and Deaths from All Causes.

iLoveMountains.org
A website with a wealth of information about mountaintop removal coal mining and information and tools related to organizing against it.

Mountaintop Removal Video Resources
A variety of video resources including links to iLoveMountain youtube channel, an America's Most Endangered Mountains Video Series, an introduction to mountaintop removal video, aerial videos of mountaintop removal, and more. 

Reclamation Fail Study / Map
A study and interactive map highlight the dearth of previously mined sites across Appalachia that have been reclaimed. 


CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Climate Resiliency
Proactive actions provide good risk management, avoid costs, and help ensure that during our region’s rapid we maintain the natural components of resiliency- tree canopy, headwater streams with natural floodplains and buffer zones, local food production, and open space for public health, safety, recreation, and quality of life. The Compact is moving the basin toward resilience in collaboration with Climate Solutions University, The Nashville Area MPO, and others using climate resilience education, planning, policies and practices.

 

HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Current Water Levels on the Harpeth
Links to USGS gages and information about historic flood levels on the Harpeth.

Drinking Water
These pages contain information about Harpeth River Watershed's concerns regarding the City of Franklin's plans for expanding it's drinking water plant and increasing withdrawals from the Harpeth. 

Tennessee Drug Take Back Programs
Information about TN drug take back programs and advice for safely disposing of old or unused medicines. This site includes a link to this pdf for finding a take back location near you. 

 

KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
Toxic Algae
Although most blooms of green algae are not harmful, there are some that have the ability to produce toxins – called harmful algae blooms (HABs) or toxic algae.  Remember, you can still boat, fish and recreate in Kentucky’s rivers, lakes, and streams.  Just be aware that HABs exist.  …and WHEN IN DOUBT, STAY OUT! 

 

RICHLAND CREEK WATERSHED ALLIANCE
Report a Problem
If you notice anything unusual or that could potentially endanger the lives of people or wildlife along Richland Creek or be harmful to water quality, RCWA wants to know. 


STATEWIDE ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
Coalitions and Alliances
SOCM is a member of a number of alliances including
The Alliance for Appalachia, which works to stop mountaintop removal strip mining; the Citizens Coal Council, which inform, empower and work for and with communities affected by the mining, processing and use of coal;  CLEAN (Citizens Lead for Energy Action Now, now known as American Clean Energy Agenda), which works on renewable energy alternatives, conservation and efficiency; and the Dogwood Alliance, which focuses on forestry issues in the south.

Roaring River Chapter
The Roaring River Chapter draws members from Putnam, Jackson, and Overton counties on the Highland Rim of the Cumberland Plateau.  They focus on improving quality of life in order to make safer, healthier, and more sustainable communities. 

Statewide Issues
SOCM fights against social, economic, and environmental injustices. As a member-driven organization, the issues confronting communities in Tennessee have driven our work. We organize around several important issues in our state, including: Clean Water, Health and Environmental Effects of Extractive Processes (Mining, Fracking, etc), Bringing Green Collar Jobs to Tennessee, Solid Waste / Hazardous Waste, and more.