Reduce pesticide use.

Instead of using pesticides, opt for more eco-friendly methods like integrated pest management or planting native plants.

 

The resources and organizations below may be able to help you with this mitigation strategy or to learn more. 

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Federal Resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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.

Tags: Maps and Tools, Data, Water Quality, Stormwater Runoff, Nutrients, Pesticides, Planning, Biodiversity, Conservation

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program
Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program is authorized to state governments by EPA to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program. Program areas include Animal Feeding OperationsIndustrial WastewaterMunicipal WastewaterNational PretreatmentPesticide Application,Stormwater, and Vessel Discharges.

Tags: Regulation and Permitting; Agricultural BMPs, Pathogens, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Urban Stormwater, Wastewater, Pesticides, Boats and Marinas, Industrial Pollution, Point Source Pollution

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.

Tags: Maps and Tools, Data, Water Quality, Stormwater Runoff, Nutrients, Pesticides, Planning, Biodiversity, Conservation

 

US Geological Survey
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.

Tags: Monitoring, Plans and Reports, Pathogens, Sediment, Nutrients, Water Quality, Pesticides

 

STATE RESOURCES - KY

KY Division of Conservation
State Cost Share Program
The Kentucky Soil Erosion and Water Quality Cost Share Program and the Kentucky Soil Stewardship Program are financial and technical assistance programs created to help agricultural operations protect the soil and water resources of Kentucky and to implement their agriculture water quality plans. Water related practices eligible for cost share are agriculture and animal waste control facilities; streambank stabilization; animal waste utilization; vegetative filter strips; integrated crop management; pesticide containment; sinkhole protection; pasture and hay land forage quality; heavy use area protection; rotational grazing system establishment; water well protection; forest land and cropland erosion control systems; closure of agriculture waste impoundment; on-farm fallen animal composting; soil health management; precision nutrient management; strip intercropping system; livestock stream crossing and riparian area protection. 

See also: Agriculture Water Quality Plan

Tags: Grants and Funding, Agricultural BMPS, Erosion, Sediment, Nutrients, Stormwater Runoff, Agricultural Runoff, Riparian Buffers, Pesticides, Sinkholes, Groundwater, Forests, Pathogens, Wastewater, Livestock Stream Crossing, Technical Assistance

 

STATE RESOURCES - TN

UTK Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Municipal Housekeeping
This side provides a list of stormwater related good housekeeping resources. Resources include: Advanced Storage Technology - Salt Storage Product InformationClean Water (National PTA)Cleaning Up Stormwater RunoffDo's and Don'ts Around the HomeInlet EtiquetteLawn & Garden FertilizersLawn & Garden PesticidesLawn WateringLawn Weed ControlMaintaining Your BMP- Guidebook for Private OwnersMaintaining Your Stormwater Management StructureManaging Leaves and Yard TrimmingsManaging Your Household WasteEnvironmental Guideline Document How to be Green and Stay in the BlackPet Waste and Water QualityPolluted Urban RunoffRethinking Yard Care HandoutShoreline Plants and Landscaping; and Storm Sewers: Rivers Beneath Our Feet.

Tags: Stormwater, MS4s, Homeowner Guides, Yard Work, Pet Waste, Pathogens, Sediment, Nutrients, Pesticides, Education, Sewers


TN Department of Agriculture
Pesticide Consumer Tips and Complaints
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is authorized to investigate those cases involving alleged pesticide misuse, pesticide drift, sub-standard termite treatments if there is a current contract, failure to issue a termite contract, failure to retreat active termite infestations, certain sales practices leading to the application of a pesticide, pesticide labeling, illegal pesticide applicators, illegal pesticide sales, and illegal pesticide manufacture.

Tags: Pesticide, Complaints, Report a Concern


TN Department of Environment and Conservation
Landscaping, Gardening, and Pest Control Storm Water BMP Brochure
This pamphlet provides landscapers, gardeners, and pest controllers with information for preventing pollution from entering streams and rivers from polluted storm water. It contains general information and tips, as well as home and garden pesticide alternatives, pesticide disposal, and more. 

Tags: Stormwater, Education, Landscaping, Nutrients, Sediment, Runoff, Pesticides

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits General Permit for Application of Pesticides
Point source discharges of biological pesticides, and chemical pesticides that leave a residue into waters of the state were determined to be pollutants under the Clean Water Act. 

See also: National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits Program Website

Tags: Pesticides, Permits, Water Quality


UT Extension
Smart Yards Program
Tennessee Smart Yards is a University of Tennessee-led program that guides and assists Tennessee residents and neighborhood associations on practices they can apply in their yards and common spaces to create healthier living spaces and communities. Courses aim to help homeowners achieve a landscape that reflects their values, desires and needs, while ensuring the protection of our state's waterways. Water related principles of a smart yard include using water efficiently, using fertilizers appropriately, reducing storm water runoff and its pollutants, and potecting water's edge, amongst others. Check out the Smart Yards yardstick for a check list of mitigation activities associate with smart yard principles. 

Tags: Education, Stomwater, Riparian Buffers, Nutrients, Water Quality, Water Conservation, Rain Barrels, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Household Waste, Kitchen Grease, Stormwater, Urban, Wildlife Habitat, Riparian Buffers, Tools

 

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

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

Tags: Safety, Water Quality, Pesticides, Sewers


Franklin
Reporting Pollution
This webpage allows visitors to report stormwater pollution. This educational handout provides examples of illicit stormwater discharges. 

Tags: Reporting, Stormwater, Education, Regulations, Gas and Motor Oil, Grass Clippings, Car Wash Wastewater, Household Cleaners, Paints, Pesticides, Pet Waste, Herbicides

 

NGO RESOURCES

Harpeth River Watershed Association
Agricultural Best Management Practices
A list of 10 recommended best management practices for agricultural producers. Included are riparian buffers, no till, rotational grazing, cover crops, keeping cattle away from stream banks, getting soil and manure tests to determine proper application levels, ensure pesticide applicators are properly calibrated, and more. 

Tags: Agricultural Best Management Practices, Nutrients, Pathogens, Pesticides, Cover Crops, Riparian Buffers, Water Quality

Home and Garden Tips
These tips cover things you can do around the house and in your garden that will affect the health of rivers and streams. Suggestions cover conservation, household contaminants, nonpoint source pollution, oil and gas, environmentally safe products without chlorine and phosphate products and solvents. Links on this page take visitors to a printable River Smart Around the Home Tips Sheet and River Smart Gardening Tips Sheet, a video about where drinking water comes from, non toxic home cleaning products and tips, and information about where to recycle in Nashville. 

Tags: Education, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Household Contaminants, Oil and Grease, Chlorine, Nutrients, Water Conservation, Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Composting, Erosion, Sediment, Nutrients, Pesticides