Regulation, Permits, and Policy Library
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
The Regulatory Program is committed to protecting the Nation's aquatic resources, while allowing reasonable development through fair, flexible and balanced permit decisions. The Corps evaluates permit applications for essentially all work that occurs in “waters of the United States” that are regulated by the Corps pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Some examples of areas that may be within the jurisdiction of the Corps include marshes, swamps, streams, creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, seasonally saturated forested and non-forested wetlands.
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
The Compliance Dashboard shows trends in environmental compliance and enforcement for both surface waters and drinking waters across the US. The dashboards provide an easy-to-use summary of activities to answer questions like: which facilities are regulated, how many have been inspected or otherwise evaluated, and how many have alleged violations and have been subject to enforcement.
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.'
Frequently Asked Questions on Removal of Obsolete Dams
In support of efforts to remove obsolete dams and in response to an increase in the number of inquiries regarding EPA policies, regulations, and potential funding opportunities as they relate to removal of obsolete dams, the EPA has provided the following answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
MyWater is a tool that makes use of EPA ATTAINS Data for in Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as elsewhere in the county. It includes information regarding water quality, monitoring activities, drinking water sources, watersheds, an urban waters widget that shows local activities, new and expiring permits, and stream flow.
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 Operations, Industrial Wastewater, Municipal Wastewater, National Pretreatment, Pesticide Application,Stormwater, and Vessel Discharges.
Rainfall Erosivity Factor Calculator
The Rainfall Erosivity Factor Calculator determines if small construction projects can obtain a waiver from National Pollution Discharge Elimination System stormwater permitting.
Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants
This page lists regulated contaminants, as well as sources of these contaminants and their potential health impacts.
Water-Related Regulatory Responsibilities of the EPA
This site is home to information on EPA's regulatory responsibilities covering animal feeding operations, biosolids,drinking water, groundwater, hydraulic fracturing, impaired waters, mercury, mountaintop mining, surface waters,stormwater, wastewater, watersheds, and wetlands.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Endangered Species Act Glossary
This glossary is intended to give the meaning of key words but does not necessarily provide a legal definition or thorough description. To locate the definitions of legal terms, please see the end of this document.
Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
Information and resources for hunting at National Wildlife Refuges, such as Cross Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Site includes a national tool for specific refuge information, information on hunting specific species, licensing and regulatory information, and more.
iPac is a project planning tool which streamlines the US Fish and Wildlife Service's environmental review process. It allows users to see if any threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, migratory birds or other natural resources may be impacted by a project, explore the distribution of important biological resources, such as wetlands, National Wildlife Refuges, critical habitat, GAP land cover and more, input information about your project, and receive a list of conservation measures suggested by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
This webpage houses information and resources regarding US Fish and Wildlife Service permits.
Predevelopment Consultation - TN Ecological Services Field Office
This Program provides early technical assistance to various entities who have applied for federal funds or will have to obtain a federal license or permit. The purpose of the early coordination is to assist the applicant in determining if wetlands or federally endangeredor threatened species could be impacted by the proposed activity. The intent is to provide early notification of potential issues before an applicant has committed significant resources toward specific plans or designs.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
2016 Recreation Schedule and Fees - Daniel Boone National Forest
Fees are charged for use of some areas such as boat ramps and campgrounds. However, most of the recreation opportunities on the Daniel Boone National Forest are free of charge for your use and enjoyment.
U.S. OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System
The Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System is a computer system used to store, manage, and report on the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's Inventory of Abandoned Mine Land Problems. This includes both problems in need of reclamation and those that have been reclaimed.
Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program Website
The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program is OSMRE’s largest program. Since 1977, the AML program has collected over $10.5 billion in fees from present-day coal production and distributed more than $8.0 billion in grants to states and tribes, mandatory distributions to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) retiree health and pension plans and to OSMRE’s operation of the national program to reclaim land and waters damaged by coal mining.
Applicant Violator System
The Applicant Violator System is an automated information system owned and operated by OSMRE. Information on applicants, permittees, operators, application and permit records, as well as unabated or uncorrected environmental violations of SMCRA are maintained in this nationwide database for OSMRE’s Federal and State programs.
Citizens Request for an Inspection
Under the Surface Mining Law, citizens may request an inspection of a mine if a violation is suspected. If your request provides a reasonable basis to believe that a violation exists, you also have the right to accompany the mine inspector when he completes the inspection. The procedure for requesting an inspection should begin with filing a request with the state agency, or with the Office of Surface Mining in the states of Tennessee and Washington, or on Indian lands.
Technology Development and Transfer
One of the ways that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement balances coal production with environmental protection is by providing resources for technical assistance, training, and technology development. These activities support and enhance the technical skills that states and tribes need to operate their regulatory and reclamation programs.
State Resources - KENTUCKY
KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Hunting Education Course
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' Hunter Education regulation requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1975 and age 12 or older to have a hunter education course completion card in their possession while hunting, as well as the appropriate Kentucky hunting license.
Hunting and Trapping Guide 2016-2017
A guide with information on when and where to hunt, obtaining licenses and permits, recording, checking, tagging and transporting hunted animals, youth hunting and more.
My Profile - Access to your KY Fish and Wildlife Records
This tool allows fishing and hunting license holders to find all of their information, including Telecheck, Quota Hunt, License and Permit history information, as well as replace a fishing or hunting license.
Online License and Permit Agent
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Online License and Permit Agent site allows visitors to purchase Hunting Licenses, Fishing Licenses, and other permits, for yourself or as a gift for others.
Species and Size Limits
Species and size limits for various sport fish in Kentucky.
KY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Green Resources for Businesses, Communities, and Individuals
Modules, case studies and other reference materials to help communities, businesses and individuals with their environmental efforts. Topics covered include brownfields, environmental compliance assistance, operator certification and licensing, the KY Excel program, and other green resources.
The Division of Compliance Assistance is available at Envhelp@ky.gov and their Hotline (502-564-0323)for all air, waste, and water permitting questions.
Pharmaceutical Waste Booklet
Regulatory guidance for collection and disposal of household pharmaceutical waste.
Simplifying Compliance and Living Greener
Training events labeled with Simplifying Compliance are geared toward the regulated community and are developed to assist entities in complying with air, water and waste regulations. The division offers both webinar and classroom formats to accommodate various interests and schedules.
Living Greener events are applicable to a variety of audiences, both regulated and nonregulated. Topics vary from industry-specific training to general sustainability topics that can apply to businesses, communities or individual households. A list of Simplifying Compliance and Living Greener events can be found below under training event details.
KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Kentucky Forest Conservation Act
The Kentucky Forest Conservation Act requires loggers to use appropriate best management practices to protect water quality. The Division of Forestry has a number of resources related to the document including a Forest Conservation Act Fact Sheet, Loggers Guide to the Forest Conservation Act, and a What Landowners Should Know about the Forest Conservation Act document.
KY DIVISION 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.
Mining and reclamation plan maps and permit boundary overlay maps have been scanned and georeferenced and are available for downloading here.
Surface Mining Information System
The Kentucky Surface Mining Information System (SMIS) is an extensive computer database that is used for tracking all permitting and enforcement actions on coal mining activity in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Examples of information contained in SMIS include status of pending and issued permit applications; inspection background and frequency; past or pending violation problems; and other areas of interest. Please refer to the SMIS Tutorial for directions on how to download and setup Web SMIS on your computer.
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.
Kentucky Watershed Viewer
The Kentucky Watershed Viewer is an interactive map capable of displaying a large variety of water related spatial data. Data layers include: KY Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit holders, permitted water withdrawals, river mile points, karst dye trace sites and flows, KY Division of Water priority watersheds, Wildlife Management Areas, wellhead protection areas, watersheds, designated use waters, exceptional and reference reach waters, 305b data (water quality), and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Webpage
Resources and information regarding Kentucky MS4 programs. Includes links to an approved permits search tool, a list of MS4s with webpages in the State, the Kentucky Stormwater Association, and MS4 FAQs.
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
Permitted Oil and Gas Wells Timeline Query Tool
A tool for seeing permitted O&G wells across the state and a timeline for seeing drilled well by permitted date.
State Resources - TENNESSEE
TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
Discharges of Filter Backwash and Sedimentation Basin Washwater from Water
Any individual who discharges filter backwash and sedimentation basin washwater from water treatment plants to the waters of Tennessee must obtain an NPDES permit for such discharge.
Hydrostatic Test Water National Pollution Discharge Elimination System General Permit
Any individual who discharges hydrostatic test water to the waters of Tennessee must file for coverage under the Division of Water Resources General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Hydrostatic Test Water.
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program
Information about TN's MS4 program. This webpage includes a list of active Phase 1 and Phase 2 MS4s in Tennessee and a variety of compliance resources.
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.
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits Program Website
Permitting program which addresses water pollution by regulating sources that discharge pollutants to waters of Tennessee.
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits
Persons discharging pollutants directly from point sources into surface waters of the state must obtain an NPDES discharge permit from the Tennessee Division of Water Resources. This webpage contains more information and related resources.
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Stormwater Permitting Program
All programs under the NPDES Stormwater Program to include construction, industrial, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)and the Tennessee Qualifying Local Program (QLP).
Ready Mixed Concrete NPDES General Permit
The operator of a ready mix concrete facility with discharges of washwater, stormwater, or a no-discharge recycle system must file for coverage under the Division of Water Resources General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Runoff and Process Waste Water Associated with Ready Mix Concrete Facilities.
TN Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool
The Tennessee Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool (TNRRAT) was designed to help engineers, landscape architects, and other designers to create successful permanent stormwater management designs that protect water quality and meet the Tennessee MS4 Permanent Stormwater Permit requirements. This webpage offers additional information about the tool including a TNRRAT description document and a video tutorial series.
Underground Storage Tank Remediation NPDES General Permit
Any individual who discharges groundwater associated with remediation of contaminated groundwater at an underground storage tank must obtain an NPDES permit for such discharge.
See also: National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits Program Website
TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits
Establishes permitting process for physical alteration of waters of the state. Includes general permits for several activities including utility line crossings.
Enforcement Action Databases - TN Department of Environment and Conservation
A searchable database of TN Department of Environment and Conservation enforcement actions. Dataset includes orders and cases, respondents, and affiliated documents. Data can be organized via a number of parameters such as case number, site name, violation type, city, county, signed date, and more.
Oil and Grease Control Guidance Document
Guidance for municipalities in creating regulations and enforcement plans dealing with oil and grease on a local level.
Permits Database - Division of Water Resources
A searchable database of Division of Water Resources permits. Data can be organized via a number of parameters such as permit number, site name, permit type, city, county, and issuance date, amongst other options. A separate database specifically for groundwater permits (septic) is also available. Permits may also be viewed in an interactive Division of Water Permits Map.
River Basins Regulated by the Inter-Basin Transfer Website
Information about the Inter-basin Water Transfer Act which regulates certain inter-basin water transfers. An inter-basin transfer occurs when water is withdrawn from any of the 10 watersheds listed in Section 4 of the Act (includes portion of Cumberland River Basin) and transferred directly or through intermediaries to a point outside that watershed.
Tennessee Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook
This Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Handbook has been designed to provide standardized and comprehensive erosion prevention and sediment control BMP’s for use throughout Tennessee. This handbook serves as the primary reference for the development and implementation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, as required per the Tennessee General NPDES Permit for Discharges Associated with Construction Activities and individual NPDES permits.
Underground Injection Well Information
Information about underground injection wells, drinking water, and public safety.
Use Classifications for Surface Waters
Establishes seven classified uses for surface waters. Identifies a combination of uses for each named or unnamed surface water. Note: classified uses for groundwater are established in a separate document available from the Division of Underground Storage Tanks.
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 Data and Map Viewers Website
The TN Department of Environment and Conservation makes data and map viewers available to the public on its website. This information comes from the same consolidated databases TDEC staff use to keep track of environmental regulatory activities, rosters and status. This website has a variety of data and map viewing tools. Permit related layers include: Aquatic Resource Alteration, Biosolids, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Construction, Hydrostatic, Inter-Basin Water Transfer, Individual, Municipal Stormwater, Mining, Ready Mixed Concrete Facilities, State Operating Permits, Storm Water Multi-Sector Permits for Industrial Activities, Aquatic Herbicide/Pesticide, and Underground Storage Tank Remediation Discharge. Additional layers include: dams, water quality assessment, siltation impaired streams, habitat impaired streams, siltation impaired waterbodies, silt impaired drainages, Exceptional TN Waters, and MS4 Areas.
TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
2016 Fishing Guide
TWRA's 2016 guide to fishing in Tennessee. Topics covered include license information, statewide limits and regulations, unwanted species on the move, reservoir and small impoundment regulations, safety, trout stocking schedules, contaminants in fish, fish identification, turtles, and more.
This handbook covers boating laws and responsibilities in Tennessee.
Tennessee law requires that all mechanically powered vessels (including federally documented recreational vessels) and all sailboats which are principally used in Tennessee must be registered. This website provides more information about required boat registration and information and resources for registering your boat.
A listing and explanation of boating regulations in Tennessee. Topics covered include boating under the influence, life jackets, no wake areas, and more.
Boat Safety Education
The Tennessee mandatory boating education law is similar to the driver’s license law. You acquire the study materials, study, and then take an approved boating safety exam administered by an approved representative of the TWRA. This website has information about laws, courses, testing locations, and more.
Hunting and Fishing License Center
This site will allow you quick and easy access to hunting and fishing licenses, permits, regulations and other important information about recreation in Tennessee.
Laws for human powered vessels such as canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards in Tennessee.
In some areas of Tennessee the number of hunters needs to be restricted so as not to cause a major impact on the resource. In these areas, the TWRA utilizes a quota hunt system. More information is available about quota hunts on this webpage.
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
General information about TN CAFOs and CAFO related regulation in Tennessee.
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.
UTK MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICE
FAQs Regarding NPDES Phase II Industrial Permit Notices
Frequently asked questions regarding NPDES Phase II Industrial Permit Notices.
Monitoring Guideline Worksheets and Requirements
Monitoring guideline worksheets for macroinvertebrates and pathogens as well as minimum monitoring requirements for NPDES MS4 program effectiveness and compliance.
Model Stormwater Utility Ordinance
A model ordinance that creates and funds a stormwater utility.
UT WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
Guide to the Selection & Design of Stormwater Best Management Practices (2003)
This manual provides general guidance in developing and implementing postconstruction best management practices (BMPs) for both stormwater runoff quality and quantity (flow). Topics covered include non-structural practices such as: Comprehensive Planning; Zoning, Ordinances, and Codes; Landscaping and Vegetative Control Practices; Public Outreach and Education; Good Housekeeping; Urban Stormwater Pollution Prevention Planning; and Non-Stormwater Discharges to Storm Drains. Structural practices covered include basin ponds; constructed wetlands; infiltration systems; and filtering systems.
UT has developed an interdisciplinary watershed minor for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to develop expanded skills in watershed science/engineering, planning and design, and culture and policy issues related to water. This minor is housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. It first became available as an option beginning with the Fall 2012 catalog.
Wastewater System Overview
The Clarksville Wastewater System is one of the largest in Tennessee and serves approximately 120,000 people. This webpage provides a brief description of what composes the physical wastewater system and the operations staff who operate and maintain it. This page includes a link to Clarksville's MS4 permit.
Green Infrastructure Presentation
Presentation slides (2013) about EPA standards for site development that impact development in the City of Franklin.
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Franklin aims to identify and eliminate illicit discharges to ensure protection of the environment, proper clean-up of materials, and increasing public awareness of ways to protect the environment by preventing harmful discharges and accidental spills. The program includes the starting of field screening, stream inspections, wet weather monitoring, and complaint response. This educational handoutprovides examples of illicit stormwater discharges.
Stormwater Management Manual
The 2016 Stormwater Management Manual has been compiled by the City of Franklin to assist planners, developers, contractors and various businesses and industries and the City of Franklin in stormwater pollution prevention and water quality protection. Specific sections of the manual include: 1) Policies & Procedures; 2) Construction Management Practices; 3) Temporary Construction Site Runoff Management Practices; 4) Permanent Erosion Prevention & Sediment Controls; 5) Permanent Stormwater Treatment Controls; 6) Industrial & Commercial Runoff Management Practices; and 7) Other Source Controls. In addition to the manual itself, this page includes an interactive map of active construction sites, a land-use based water quality calculation tool for developers, the state's urban riparian buffer handbook, information about post construction & maintenance measures, and more.
Stormwater User Fee
Information about the City of Franklin's Stormwater User Fee, user fee credits, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The City of Franklin has nine volunteers to serve as Commissioner’s on the city’s first Sustainability commission. The Commission will serve as a policy advisory board to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the development and initiation of programs that will enhance and promote economic development environmental health and social equity within our community for present and future generations.
Surface and Storm Water Utility Website
Hopkinsville's Surface and Stormwater Utility was created in November 2005. The public purpose of the Utility is to address surface and river flooding issues that have plagued the City of Hopkinsville for many years.
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.
Land Disturbance Permitting
According to Murfreesboro city ordinance, one must obtain a Land Disturbance Permit (LDP) for construction activity disturbing one or more acres of land. This webpage has more information and helpful related resources.
Stormwater Annual Report
The City of Murfreesboro's 2014-2015 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Annual Report.
Stormwater Quality Design
This webpage provides a variety of stormwater resources including Murfreesboro's stormwater quality standards and Stormwater Ordinance, the City's Stormwater Planning and Low Impact Design Guide and Stormwater Controls Manual, and additional technical memoranda and design examples.
Stormwater User Fee
Information about Murfreesboro's stormwater user fee, including a presentation that covers how the stormwater user fee was derived, the history of the city’s stormwater permit, and what the monies will go towards in stormwater management activities inside the city limits of Murfreesboro.
In 2007, Murfreesboro established a Water Quality Protection Area (WQPA) policy and ordinance. This policy requires that any new land development alongside a stream should establish a 35 or 50 foot buffer, depending on the size of the stream. Residences built in or after 2007 and are located next to a stream, the yard is most likely platted with a WQPA. This is a protected area, a no-touch zone with few exceptions. Residents are not allowed to remove vegetation, do earth work or construction, or apply herbicides. More information about buffer regulations are provide on this site. The page also notes that 60' wide buffer instead of a 50' wide buffers are required on stream segments where the watershed area is 640 acres or more. This map depicts the 640-acre drainage points.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stormwater Management Manual Volume 1 - Regulations
Regulations from the Stormwater Management Manual. The regulations section of the stormwater management manual coversPolicy and Permitting Procedures, Floodplain Requirements, Technical Guidelines and Criteria, Post-Construction Water Quality Policies & Procedures, and more.
Water Activities Webpage
This webpage provides links to a listing of Metro Boat Ramps, Canoeing and Kayaking opportunities with the City, information about Hamilton Creek Marina, information on docking boats in Downtown Nashville, and more.
Water Quality Buffers
New development and significant redevelopment sites are required to preserve water quality buffers along Metro’s community waters, which include streams, rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Additional information about buffers and buffer requirements is available on this webpage.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION Resources
APPALACHIAN CITIZENS LAW CENTER
Abandoned Mine Land Program: A Policy Analysis for Central Appalachia and the Nation (2015)
Based in part on previously unreleased funding data and data from a new survey of AML officials, this paper provides an unprecedented analysis of the policy, economic, financial, and environmental repercussions of the AML program over its history. The paper also provides a set of policy recommendations that, according to our research findings, are necessary for the AML program to achieve its core purpose of reclaiming America’s abandoned coal mines. This webpage also includes a link this associated video.
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.
Bankrupt Coal Companies
AMA works on legacy issues from bankrupt coal companies.
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 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.
Protect Our River Campaign
This webpage contains materials to help keep the community informed about the decisions being made that affect the Harpeth River's water quality. It includes recent press releases and an explanatory factsheets related to the watershed associations legal action's against the City of Franklin including: a Why Sue Franklin? factsheet; a Settlements with Smaller Sewer Plants factsheet; and a Lawsuit Summary factsheet.
Successful Resolution of Clean Water Act Lawsuit
This page provides an overview of the settlement of the federal Clean Water Act citizen suit brought by HRWA against the City of Franklin in 2014. It provides an explanation of why HRWA filed the lawsuit, the terms of the settlement, what the settlement achieved, and what citizens can expect moving forward. This page includes links to related news coverage, the settlement itself, and more.
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: the Five Mile Creek Watershed; the headwaters; the West Harpeth; Jones Creek and the South Harpeth.
KENTUCKY WATERWAYS ALLIANCE
An explanation of what is meant by the term antidegradation in the Clean Water Act.
A basic explanation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations — why they are a water quality concern and how they are regulated.
Clean Water Act
An basic explanation of the Clean Water Act.
An explanation of our Nation's Farm Bill and how it relates to water quality.
In the last couple years, we’ve seen an increased interest about the issue of plastic microbeads. This page serves as an educational source for Kentuckians, and also highlights our efforts to understand the microbead pollution situation in Kentucky through a Resolution in the Kentucky General Assembly. This page includes an educational poster from the 5 Gyres Institute about the issue. KWA is working with Kentucky Conservation Committee (KCC) to get legislative support for a resolution on microbeads.
Outstanding National Resource Waters
Outstanding National Resource Waters (ONRWs) are waters that receive special protection against degradation under Kentucky’s water quality standards and the federal Clean Water Act. In 2009, KWA worked with the US Forest Service and the Kentucky Division of Water to nominate four of the five new ONRW designated water bodies residing in the Daniel Boone National Forest. State law requires that the water quality in these water bodies be maintained and protected. This means that no new pollution is allowed into these waterways. ONRW in the basin include, Marsh Creek, Rock Creek, Rockcastle River, and the South Fork of the Cumberland River.
Surface Coal Mining Impacts
Basic information about the impacts of surface coal mining on water quality, as well as a conductivity related petitionfiled by Earth Justice (and partners including KWA) requesting that the EPA to establish a conductivity water quality standard for waterways in the Appalachian coal mining region.
Clean Water Act Owner’s Manual
Are you curious about the Clean Water Act and what it means? Did someone recommend that you use the Clean Water Act to solve a problem in your community? Have you heard about a particular section of the Clean Water Act that you want to use to protect your watershed? No matter what you need to know, this book can provide answers and tools to help you get started. This manual is a PDF and available for purchase from our marketplace for $5.00.
Increasing Protection for Drinking Water Sources
Best management practices for increasing protection for drinking water sources. This page includes links to related resources such as Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States by World Resources Institute, Linking Source Water Protection and TMDLS by Water Research Foundation, and Source Water Protection Resource Community by American Water Works Association.
Managing Urban Runoff
Best management practices for managing urban runoff. This page includes links to related resources such as River Voices: Green Infrastructure and Urban Rivers by River Network, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System by River Network, Stormwater Pollution Permits by River Networ, Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality by American Rivers, Stormwater Management by Center for Watershed Protection, Stormwater Institute by Water Environment Federation, andRooftops to Rivers: Using Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflows by NRDC.
Permitting an End to Pollution
A guide to scrutinizing and strengthening water pollution permits in your state.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Biomass Energy in the South
To help the South reap the promise of bioenergy without degrading its natural resources, SELC is calling for clear standards that restrict the use of whole trees and prevent the conversion of native forests into energy crops; keep national forests off-limits to biomass extraction, especially in the ecologically rich Southern Appalachians; and ensure protection of old growth forests, streams and wetlands, wildlife habitat, and other natural treasures. More information about this effort is available on this website.
Fracking in the Southeast
While SELC supports cleaner alternative energy sources such as natural gas that will help move our region away from coal, we strongly object to the destructive ways natural gas is now being extracted—and to the lack of environmental oversight. Tennessee’s environmental agency has established oil and gas drilling regulations, but they do not go nearly far enough to protect water and wildlife. SELC’s continues to advocate for full disclosure of the chemicals and fracking fluids drilling companies will use, which is not required under federal law. This page also links visitors to a 'Hydrofracking Could Impact Water Supply for up to 3.2 Million People' map/graphic and a 'Shale Gas Potential' map.
Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia
SELC advocates for stronger protections for the rivers, streams and communities of Appalachia in areas that are impacted by Mountaintop Removal Mining. This page speaks to SELC's efforts and includes a link to this mountaintop removal fact sheet, which includes information about the threat mountaintop removal has on fish species in the Big South Fork.
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Tips and resources for finding your legislator, legislative skills training (e.g. 10 Tips for Occasional Lobbyists, Tips for In-Person Visits to Legislators, Etiquette at Legislature, Important Government Facts, How a Bill Becomes LawNon-Profit Lobbying , and more), engaging the media, and using social media.
Citizen Action Guide to Watershed Assessment and Restoration (2015)
This 2015 guide provides citizens with steps for putting sound science to work in their watershed. Interested person or organizations can contact TEC at firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like to schedule a training workshop that covers these materials. Contents include the action guide for watershed assessment and restoration itself as well as the following appendices: Appendix 1 – Watershed Science and Mapping; Appendix 2 – Stream Assessment Final; Appendix 3 – Guide to Restoration Activities Final; Appendix 3.1 Tennessee Cedar Revetments; Appendix 3.2 – Guidance for Riparian Buffer plantings TDOF 2014; Appendix 3.3 Combined Rain Garden Workshop Guide; Appendix 4 – Guidance for Educators; Appendix 5 – Permits and Reporting Environmental Violations (TDEC); Appendix 6 – Watershed Restoration Plan Guidance; Appendix 7 CWA overview; Appendix 8 – Glossary Final.
Find My Legislator
A tool for finding you TN State legislators. KY State legislators can be found on this webpage. Federal legislators can be found here. Local Kentucky County and City Officials can be found here. Local TN County and City Officials can be found here.