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FEDERAL RESOURCES

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Ecosystem Restoration Program
The Corps of Engineers Ecosystem Restoration Program seeks to provide a comprehensive approach to address issues associated with disturbed and degraded ecological resources. The Corps of Engineers will examine the existing ecosystems and determine the feasibility to restore degraded ecosystem structure, function, and dynamic processes to a less degraded, natural condition.

This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated. 

Flood Risk Management Program
The purpose of the Corps of Engineers' flood risk management program is to help prevent or reduce flood risk by using either structural or non-structural means or a combination of the two. Non-structural measures reduce flood damages without significantly altering the nature or extent of the flooding by changing the use of floodplains or by accommodating existing uses to the flood hazard. Non-structural measures include modifying homes, businesses, and other facilities to reduce flood damages by elevating the structure or removing them from the floodplain. Remaining land can be used for ecosystem restoration, outdoor recreation, or natural open space. Flood warning systems are also considered non-structural measures.

This program is within the broader Investigation Program, and initial Investigation Program steps must be completed before it can be initiated. 

Investigation Program
The Investigation Program establishes a process by which the Corps of Engineers can help a community solve a water resource problem. Under the Investigation Program, the Corps of Engineers would jointly conduct a study and, if shown by the study to be feasible, construct a project. This approach requires that Congress provide the Corps of Engineers first with authority to accomplish a feasibility study and second, to construct a project. Local sponsors share the study and construction costs with the Corps of Engineers, and usually pay for all operation and maintenance costs. The Investigation Program may be used to address a variety of water resource problems including navigation, flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, and hurricane and storm damage reduction.
 

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Reference Guide to Treatment Technologies for Mining-Influenced Water 
An EPA report that highlights select mining-influenced water treatment technologies used or piloted as part of remediation efforts at mine sites.

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Climate Change Webpage - Southeast Region Office
Information and resources on climate change in the southeast. 

Conservation Library
Searchable library of US Fish and Wildlife Service images, videos, historic items, and scientific journals. 

Fish and Wildlife Service Document Library
Documents organized by topics such as endangered species, candidate species, wetlands, conservation planning assistance, water resource development and more. 

Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)
The nations 22 LCCs bring together federal, state, and local governments along with Tribes and First Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and interested public and private organizations. LCC partners work collaboratively to identify best practices, connect efforts, identify science gaps, and avoid duplication through conservation planning and design. The Appalachian LCC covers the entirety of the Cumberland River Basin, as well as additional area and it's website includes news, contacts, funding opportunities, resources, and more. 

Scientific Journals of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publishes two online peer reviewed publications focused on the practical application and integration of applied science to wildlife conservation and management—the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management and the revitalized North American Fauna monograph series. The service welcome submissions to both journals from all scientists—Service or otherwise. These journals are in the public domain and completely electronic, from submission through review and online publication. There are no page charges for authors and access is unlimited and free of charge; paper copies are not distributed.

 

U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Forest Service Groundwater Program
The Forest Service Groundwater Program website is home to a number of publications on groundwater including: 1) Technical Guide to Managing Ground Water Resources; 2)Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Level I Inventory Field Guide: Inventory Methods for Assessment and Planning; and 3) Groundwater Dependent Ecosystem Level II Inventory Field Guide: Inventory Methods for Project Design and Analysis.

Portable Electronic Presentations
A wealth of electronic interactive presentations on key scientific talks covering subjects such as fish passage culvert replacement, aquatic organism passage, watershed management, hydrology and geomorphology, riparian management, and more. 

Watershed Condition Framework
The Forest Service's Watershed Condition Framework and the accompanying Watershed Condition Classification Technical Guide establish a consistent, comparable, and credible process for improving the health of watersheds on national forests and grasslands. This framework aims to focus our efforts in a consistent and accountable manner and facilitate new investments in watershed restoration that will provide economic and environmental benefits to local communities. The technical guide provided the protocol for the agency's first national assessment of watershed condition across all 193 million acres of National Forest System lands.

Publications Warehouse
The USGS Publications Warehouse provides access to over 130,000 publications written by USGS scientists over the century-plus history of the bureau. 

Publications - Kentucky
This webpage houses many USGS Kentucky publications on a variety of water related topics. 

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.

USGS Library
The largest earth science library in the world. The USGS library provides information to other organizations and individuals in the areas of geology, hydrology, cartography, biology, and related fields.

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.

Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Program
The State Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Program is a Federal-State partnership. Institutes exist in bothKentucky and Tennessee. Each institute does the following: plans, facilitates, and conducts research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water problems; promotes technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results; provides for the training of scientists and engineers through their participation in research; provides for competitive grants to be awarded under the Water Resources Research Act.
 

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia
The webpage contains the individual Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia files in PDF format. You may also search the encyclopedia for individual contaminants or download all the entries

Geology and History of the Cumberland Plateau
This brochure discusses both the geologic and human history of the Cumberland Plateau.

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. 

Needs in the Management of Native Freshwater Mussels in the National Park System
1998 report on needs of freshwater management of mussels within National Parks by Sue Jennings of Big South Fork National Recreation Area. 

Park Science Journal
Park Science reports the findings of recent and ongoing natural and social science and related cultural research and their implications for park planning, management, and policy. It is published three times per year by the Office of Education and Outreach, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Water Quality Partnership - Big South Fork
This element of the National Water Quality Program empowers U.S. Geological Survey scientists and National Park Service resource managers to work in partnership to support a broad range of policy and management needs related to high-priority water-quality issues in national parks. In the Big South Fork, project work has included 1) 1999 - Develop Stream Flow Measurement Network; 2) 2002 - Effects of Oil and Gas Operations on Ground-Water Quality 3) 2004 - Restoration of Federally Listed Mussel Species and Water Quality Monitoring in Heavily Coal Mined Area; 4) 2015 - Determine Occurrence, Sources, and Potential for Biodegradation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Protected-River Systems of the National Park Service Southeast Region; 5) 2006 Fate and transport of petroleum hydrocarbons in soil and ground water

 

U.S. OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Handbook of Technologies for Avoidance and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
This 1998 handbook was developed by the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative. 

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Kentucky Webpage
nformation, contacts, Abandoned Mine Lands Projects and additional resources specific to surface mining in Kentucky.  

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - Tennessee Webpage
Information, contacts, Abandoned Mine Lands Projects and additional resources specific to surface mining in Tennessee. 

State Resources - KENTUCKY

KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Research and Survey Needs by Taxonomic Class
Research and survey needs for fish and lampreys; mussels; crayfish, amphiphods and isopods; amphibians; and other aquatic species.  

State Wildlife Action Plan - Species Index
List of species links allowing users to perform a search of the complete Kentucky State Wildlife Action Pan, to see the species occurrence map, species account, guild accounts for the species, and taxonomic class descriptions. This includes species from the original 2005 plan and 2013 revision.

 

KY DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Forestry Publications
Publications covering a variety of subject including logging best management practices designed to protect water quality. 

 

KY DIVISION OF MINE RECLAMATION AND ENFORCEMENT
Kentucky Mine Mapping Information System
A comprehensive and accessible system for the locations of Kentucky underground and surface mines. This site includes interactive mapsGIS data, a mine/map search tool, and more.


KY DIVISION OF WATER
Drinking Water Acronyms and Definitions
Definitions of drinking water acronyms. 

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.'


KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
KGS Databases, Maps, and Publications

Webpage with free access to KGS databases, online map services and GIS data, and publications.

Groundwater Resources in Kentucky Counties
Groundwater information for every county across Kentucky. 

Publications and Map Catalogue
Publications and maps from the KY Geological Survey. 

Oil and Natural Gas Resources Webpage
A webpage with a collection of research, maps, and basic information about oil and natural gas in Kentucky. Links connect visitors tobasic information about oil and natural gas, dataresearch, a searchable oil and gas well database and more. 

Water in Kentucky
General information about water in Kentucky. Includes a fact sheetFAQ document, information about karst, and Cumberland River Basin maps of the Upper Cumberland region and the Four Rivers Region


KY STATE NATURE PRESERVES COMMISSION
Species Fact Sheets
Fact sheets for select plants, insects, trees, and invasive exotic plants.

State Nature Preserves
There are 14 State Nature Preserves (SNP) in the KY portion of the Cumberland River Basin. Natural Areas are protected not only to preserve KY's natural heritage, but also in recognition of the dependence of KY's well-being on healthy ecosystems. Click here for a map of preserves across Kentucky. State Natural Areas in the basin are: Bissell Bluff SNPJohn B. Stephenson Memorial Forest SNPFrances Johnson Palk SNP, Archer-Benge SNP, Pine Mountain SNPCumberland Falls SNPMartins Fork SNPBlanton Forest SNPStone Mountain SNPJames E. Bickford SNPE. Lucy Braun SNPHi Lewis Pine Barrens SNPKingdom Come SNP, and Bad Branch SNP

 

KY WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Annual USGS 104B Allotment Program
This program serves the needs of the state, region and nation by supporting and encouraging research and technology transfer in the area of water resources. Specifically, this 1) supports the creation of a long-term linkage between universities, state agencies, and federal agencies for the solution of the nation's water problems; 2) provides support for a national network of water resources research institutes; 3) focuses on state and regional water resources problems that can be solved by researchers at academic institutions; and 4) supports research responsive to priority needs, seed projects, new and emerging career professionals, and quick transfer of results to users. Follow the link for information about the 2016-17 USGS 104b student research enhancement grant

Fellowship Program
Under the Fellowship program, NWRI awards funding to graduate students in the U.S. conducting research related to water resources and treatment. Please note that students must be currently enrolled full-time in a graduate program at a U.S. university to receive a Fellowship. Students who have not yet been accepted into a graduate program at a U.S. university are not eligible to receive Fellowship funding.

Water Resources 104G National Research Grant Program
The United States Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, provides matching grants to support research on the topics of water supply and water availability. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible.

State Resources - TENNESSEE

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
The Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee's Palustrine Communities
Information about the natural history and vegetation of Tennessee's palustrine systems, including herbaceous wetlands and forested and wooded wetlands

Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee Project
There is currently no photographic and descriptive guide to the landscapes and natural communities of Tennessee that is available to scientists, land managers, conservationists, and students of ecology and related fields. The goal of this project is to prepare the first comprehensive classification of Tennessee's natural landscape and communities. This state-level classification is intended to compliment and enhance, not compete with, the existing NatureServe Ecological Systems Classification (http://explorer.natureserve.org) and the National Vegetation Classification (www.usnvc.org). 

Natural History and Vegetation of Tennessee's Riverine Systems
Information about the natural history and vegetation of Tennessee's riverine systems, including stream bottomsstream beds, and stream shores


TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
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. 


TN WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
Angler Surveys
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. 

BITE Program
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. 

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. 
 

UT EXTENSION
Extension Publications
Extension publications including water related publications on topics such as spill prevention, control and countermeasure, livestock watering, and micro-irrigation. 

Strategic Business Plan
The UT Extension Service's Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Economic Development Strategic Plan. 

UT Tree Improvement Program
The Program’s research is directed toward improving the production and quality in various forest tree species planted by Tennessee landowners, while protecting the genetic resources of tree species at risk from exotic pests.
 

UT WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH CENTER
Grant and Funding Opportunities
This page contain information on grant and research opportunities that are water related.

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.

USGS 104b Projects
The TNWRRC is one of 54 state-level Water Resource Research Institutes of the US Geological Survey and administers several state-level grants through the 104(b) program. More information about: 2015 USGS 104b Projects2014 USGS 104b Projects2013 USGS 104b ProjectsPrior Years.

Watershed Minor
UT has developed an interdisciplinary watershed minor for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to develop expanded skills in watershed science/engineering, planning and design, and culture and policy issues related to water. This minor is housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. It first became available as an option beginning with the Fall 2012 catalog.

Web Resources
Web resources for water related: Federal Agencies and National OrganizationsRegional Agencies and Regional OrganizationsState of Tennessee Agencies and OrganizationsStormwater Programs in TennesseeWatershed Organizations Active within TennesseeState Trade Organizations.


Municipal Resources

NASHVILLE
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 scheduleglossary,program designer FAQs, and additional resources

Stormwater Management Manual Volume 2 - Procedures
This volume from Nashville's Stormwater Management Manual provides a compilation of readily available literature relevant to stormwater management activities in Nashville and Davidson County. Topics covered include hydrology, hydraulics (including gutter, inlet, culvert, storm sewer hydraulics, bridge, and detention/retention hydraulics), erosion and sediment control, outlet protection, data collection, computer programs, and stormwater pollution prevention programs. An additional Volume 3 of the Stormwater Management Manual provides a theoretical supplement to the technical guidelines and procedures presented in this Procedures volume. 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

AMERICAN RIVERS
Reports and Publications
A searchable list of reports and publications from American Rivers. 
 

CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Cumberland River Basin 101
Basic information about the Cumberland River Basin and its watersheds, including interactive maps, water quality stressors, and recreational resources.

Cumberland River Basin Profiles
In depth profiles of the Cumberland River Basin, divided into four regions. Topics covered include history, natural features, waters value, our impacts on water, watershed management and more. 

 

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.

 

RIVER NETWORK
Resources
Here you can search through River Network’s large compilation of publications, newsletters, tools, templates, and recorded webinars. The resources included here are intended to help you advance your work and spark innovation and new ideas.

 

SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
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. 

Restoring the Harpeth River
In 2014, SELC and Harpeth River Watershed Association took legal action against three sewage treatment plants along the Harpeth River for ongoing permit violations and excessive sewage discharge in violation of the Clean Water Act. As a result, Harpeth Wastewater Cooperative and Cartwright Creek sewage treatment plants agreed to join a multi-stakeholder effort to restore the health of the Harpeth River. These utilities committed to expanding water quality monitoring in the river, developing a pollution management plan, and joining a diverse stakeholder group to work cooperatively on improving water quality. 

In 2016, SELC and HRWA successfully reached a settlement with the City of Franklin. In addition to new protections and monitoring for sewage discharges, part of the settlement agreement is a comprehensive study focusing on the entire Harpeth River watershed, the first such study in Tennessee. This landmark effort, in which SELC will be one of the participants, will assess the health and the risks to the Harpeth River and its tributaries to ensure the river meets water quality standards moving forward. 


STATEWIDE ORGANIZING FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
Heads Up on Headwaters
An informative paper on the importance of headwater streams and seeps and the damage wrought by strip mining.