Development, Growth, and Sustainability Resource Library
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Overview of U.S. EPA’s Technical Outreach and Support Activities on Sustainable Mining Applications
Highlights of alternative and innovative technologies for remediating abandoned mine sites.
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.
See also: National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
RePowering America’s Land Initiative
This initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites and provides other useful resources for communities, developers, industry, state and local governments or anyone interested in reusing these sites for renewable energy development.
RePowering Mapping and Screening Tools
EPA’s RE-Powering Mapper, a series of Google Earth KMZ files, makes it possible to view EPA's information about renewable energy potential on contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites, alongside other information contained in Google Earth. Using screening criteria developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab, EPA has pre-screened over 80,000 sites for their renewable energy potential. As part of this effort, EPA collaborated with state agencies from California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. This screening was performed in August 2015.
See also: RE-Powering America's Land Initiative
Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) with Climate Assessment Tool (CAT) Add In
SWMM is a dynamic hydrology-hydraulic water quality simulation model used for single event or long-term simulation of runoff quantity and quality from primarily urban areas. Users can include any combination of low impact development (LID)/green infrastructure controls to determine their effectiveness in managing stormwater. SWMM includes a climate adjustment tool (SWMM-CAT), which is a simple to use software that applies monthly climate adjustment factors onto precipitation and temperature data.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Appalachian LCC Conservation Design Framework
Researchers identified five conservation design elements covering many critical ecological processes and patterns across the Appalachian LCC geography. These elements include large interconnected regions as well as broad landscapes that connect them. Small areas that are likely to contain larger ecological significance than their size would suggest were also mapped. Examples of aquatic and terrestrial conservation targets are provided that represent design elements. All of the elements are assessed in regards to the three major landscape level threats in the geography (climate change, energy development, and urbanization from housing density). Since cultural resources are an additional critical piece of conservation design in the Appalachians, a conceptual framework was developed for mapping these resources across the entire geography and will be integrated in a future iteration of the conservation design.
See also: Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network
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
i-Tree and i-Tree Hydro
iTree is a software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools quantify the structure of trees and forests, and the environmental services that trees provide. Information regarding i-Tree workshops are available here.
i-Tree Hydro is designed for users interested in watershed scale analyses of vegetation and impervious cover effects on hydrology. i-Tree Hydro simulates the effects of changes in tree and impervious cover characteristics within a defined watershed on stream flow and water quality. It was designed specifically to handle urban vegetation effects so urban natural resource managers and urban planners can quantify the impacts of changes in tree and impervious cover on local hydrology to aid in management and planning decisions.
State Resources - KENTUCKY
KY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Green Hospitality Webpage
The Green Hospitality Web page is a place where owners, restaurant managers and hospitality professionals can learn ways to green their processes, measure those results and communicate the impacts to a public who is increasingly making more sustainable choices when purchasing goods and services. Resources include the Green Hospitality Manual, Bed and Breakfast Checklist, a performance worksheet, an electricity use tracker, and a water use tracker.
KY EXCEL offers a home for individuals, businesses and organizations looking to make a contribution to improving Kentucky’s environment. Membership in the program is free. All it requires is a voluntary commitment. KY EXCEL staff are available to help applicants through the membership process and down the path of stewardship. KY EXCEL strives to ensure that members enjoy all member benefits available to them. Click here to view a list of current KY EXCEL members and here for a list of the its member's accomplishments.
Living Greener, Growing Stronger Initiative
Living Greener, Growing Stronger is a Division of Compliance Assistance initiative to promote sustainability across Kentucky by encouraging residents, businesses and industries to adopt earth- and business-friendly practices that make a difference to our environment and the bottom line. Living Greener, Growing Stronger-related programs include: Green Beyond the Turf, Green Hospitality, KY EXCEL, Brownfield Redevelopment Program, and theKentucky Sustainability Institute.
See also: Green Beyond the Turf, Green Hospitality, KY EXCEL, Brownfield Redevelopment Program, and the Kentucky Sustainability Institute.
Sustainable Spirits Initiative
Distilleries and breweries in Kentucky are faced with many environmental challenges and opportunities, ranging from air quality and water conservation to waste management. The Division of Compliance Assistance, in collaboration with the Kentucky Distillers Association, has created the Sustainable Spirits Initiative to bring members of the industry together to discuss and share their experiences about current environmental issues and aspire to shape future opportunities for this sector.
Sustainable Sporting Events
The Department of Compliance Assistance is developing training and materials that will help various sporting venues assess their operations, make goals for improvement and make changes that will make them sustainable both environmentally and monetarily. This webpage has additional information about this program a resources for sporting venues, including horse racing.
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control: Field Guide
A 2009 field guide for erosion prevention and sediment control on construction sites created by the University of Kentucky, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, and the Kentucky Division of Water.
Water Supply Planning Webpage
Resources on the subject of water supply planning. Includes links to the two Area Development Districts (ADD) within the Basin: the Cumberland Valley ADD and the Pennyrile ADD.
KY GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Generalized Geologic Data for Land-Use Planning in Kentucky Counties
These land-use planning maps are based on geologic and environmental analyses and are produced at a scale of either 1:48,000 or 1:63,360. Each map provides an interpretation of the local geology in nontechnical language and can be used by homeowners, developers, and planners.The maps provide information on how the underlying rock in an area affects excavation and foundations, on-site wastewater treatment systems, residential and industrial developments, highway and street development, and pond and reservoir construction. Photographs of sites in the area are used to illustrate the geologic discussion.
State Resources - TENNESSEE
TN DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
Resources and tips for visitors to TN who want to travel sustainably. Site includes ecofriendly accomodation, food and drink, and entertainment options.
TN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Manual for Management of Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction Activities
This manual describes the current requirements of the TDEC General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Construction Activities (Construction General Permit or CGP). Its focus is on field administration of TDOT construction projects to ensure that all phases of the work will comply with the requirements of the CGP. The manual discusses various materials and implementation methods for erosion prevention and sediment control (EPSC).
See also: Statewide Stormwater Management Plan
This new chapter of the Environmental Procedures Manual describes procedures and guidance the Ecology staff will use to identify and mitigate the impacts roadway projects have on streams, wetlands, and endangered species. It serves as a reference for TDOT Ecology staff in preparing project planning documentation and assessments for resource agencies. It also serves as a reference for mitigation methods and design.
See also: Statewide Stormwater Management Plan
Procedures Manual – Updates
Revisions to the manual include the procedures that the Environmental Division should follow to incorporate environmental data into the project planning and development processes. The updates describe the process for identifying natural resource features, such as streams, springs, wetlands, and endangered or protected species, as well as the process for determining alternatives to minimize or avoid impacts.
See also: Statewide Stormwater Management Plan
Procedures for Providing Offsite Waste and Borrow on TDOT Construction Projects
This manual defines the process that TDOT construction personnel and contractors must follow to use offsite waste and borrow areas exclusively for TDOT projects. This includes all offsite areas that are supplied by either the prime contractor or a sub contractor. Implementing a consistent process across the state will help ensure that offsite waste and borrow areas can be properly permitted, constructed and stabilized.
See also: Statewide Stormwater Management Plan
Program Rationale, Evaluations, and Recommendations for Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Materials and Practices for TDOT Construction Projects
This report provides evaluation and recommendations on changes to the Environmental Division Procedures and Roadway Design, and sediment and erosion control practices for construction projects.
See also: Statewide Stormwater Management Plan
Statewide Stormwater Management Plan
The SSWMP outlines the steps TDOT will take to implement erosion prevention and sediment control materials and practices for TDOT construction projects. Information about the plan and key documents are housed on this website.
A map on this webpage provides TDOT project information. Projects are organized within TDOT’s four regions across the state.
TN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION
Guide to the Selection & Design of Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)
A Guide for Phase II MS4 Communities for Protecting Post-construction Stormwater Quality and Managing Stormwater Flow.
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).
See also: National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits Program Website
Permanent Stormwater Management and Design Guidance Manual
This manual was created to assist in the design, installation and maintenance of post-construction (permanent) stormwater management practices. The Tennessee Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool (RRAT) software was developed as a complement to the guidance manual, giving practitioners a logical and easy to use tool for designing permanent stormwater management systems.
See also: Tennessee Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool, Tennessee Permanent Stormwater Management Training
Tennessee Stormwater Training Program
The Tennessee Stormwater Training Program offers training classes related to the design and inspection of construction stormwater erosion prevention and sediment controls, as well as permanent stormwater management. Classes are held throughout the year at multiple locations across the state.
See also: Tennessee Permanent Stormwater Management Training
TN DVISION OF FORESTRY
This page offers a list of forest related financial assistance programs including water relevant Division of Forestry specific programs such as: 1) the Forest Stewardship Program, which offers free evaluation of forest resources with plan for conservation and utilization; 2) The TN Ag Enhancement Program, which offers up to 75% cost share practices to promote sustainable forest management; 3) Then American Tree Farm System, which offers free evaluation of forestland, plan for sustainable forestry, and 3rd party forest certification; and 4) Forest Legacy, which involves permanent conservation easements or fee simple purchases to protect environmentally important, working forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses.
TN DIVISION OF NATURAL AREAS
Environmental Consultation Requests
The Division of Natural Areas answers questions and provides technical assistance pertaining to the status and distribution of state and federal concern plant and animal species, ecologically important sites, and conservation lands.
Interactive Rare Species Database by County, Quadrangle, and Watershed Listings
The majority of lands in Tennessee have had no rare species surveys, and the lack of point-specific data can be misleading. Therefore, the Division of Natural Areas suggests reviewing and downloading generalized data through an interactive, searchable database in order to determine what kinds of resources occur in specific counties, watersheds, or physiographic regions. This tool allows users to search and download rare species data by County, Quadrangle, or HUC 12 Watershed.
TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Compensatory Mitigation For Streams and Wetlands
A webpage with information about this program as well as a guidance document for compensatory mitigation of permanent impacts to streams.
Water Resources Regional Planning
In late 2008, TDEC partnered with other regional planning experts to initiate a water resources planning pilot in two areas significantly impacted by the drought of 2007. One area, the North Central Tennessee region - including Sumner County, including Portland, Gallatin, Castalian Springs/Bethpage, White House and Westmoreland - is partially within the Cumberland River Basin. This Web page includes planning study reports and overall guidelines for those interested in pursuing regional water resources planning in Tennessee.
U.T. 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.
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.
NASHVILLE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan
The plan serves as the gateway to federal transportation funds that are distributed through the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration and represents the region's top priorities for state funding as the Tennessee Governor and TDOT prepare the annual three-year work program for the Tennessee General Assembly. Particularly relevant sections include: Chapter 3. Trends and Forecasts, which provides population and land development forecasts, amongst other trends and forecasts; and Chapter 9. Implementation and Monitoring, which describes how proposed transportation projects could potentially impact vulnerable populations and the natural environment along with a discussion of mitigation strategies.
Building Resilience: A Climate Adaption Plan
In 2015, the Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, and the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization came together to create a climate adaptation plan for Davidson, Wilson, Williamson, Sumner, Rutherford, Robertson, and Maury Counties in Middle Tennessee. The Nashville Area MPO took a local leadership role to engage with the Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies program and lead the region toward climate resilience with an adaptation plan that addresses the local climate risks and fits local conditions and culture.
Cumberland Region GreenPrint
The GIS GreenPrint Tools for Quality Growth web-based publication fulfills the need for a regional GIS based decision making tool that can be used by local and state government planners to insure access to and knowledge of critical lands for conservation. The information in this report is intended to provide a better basis for decision making as projected impacts and costs of land use and transportation decisions are being made and land resource conservation priorities are included in local and regional plans.
Land Use & Development
The MPO has recently updated the business-as-usual scenario (a.k.a. trend model) to predict where people will live and work between now and 2035 for 10 counties in Middle Tennessee, including the 7 counties included in the MPO's planning area. The model's predictions take into account current land use policies, land development regulations, and each parcel's relative attractiveness to future growth.
Land Disturbance/Construction Site Run-Off Best Management Practices
All land disturbance activities in the City and its Urban Growth boundary are expected to utilize a series of Best Management Practices and are to be self monitored to assure compliance with the City of Hendersonville’s stormwater quality standards. A Power Point Presentation titled: Expectations for Construction Activities will give a better overview on these expectations. This site also links visitors to a Hendersonville's construction manual, which also provides water quality related guidance.
Stormwater and the Construction Industry
This basic guide walks developers through the general planning and implementation of erosion and sediment control steps.
Information about Hopkinsville's MS4 program, covering the City's efforts in education and outreach, illicit dicharges, construction site runoff, post-construction runoff control, and more.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
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.
The stormwater model allows children to learn about how urban development, if not properly managed, can contribute to flooding. The Compact provides demonstrations of this interactive, kid-friendly model at many of our annual events, and also provides demonstrations throughout the summer in Cumberland Park.
HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
America's Most Endangered Rivers
America's Most Endangered Rivers report lists rivers at a crossroads, where upcoming key decisions will influence the fates of rivers facing continuing ecological threats. The list is intended to help spur citizen involvement and public discourse in such decision making in order to reach results that serve communities and restore waterways. The Harpeth River was listed in 2015 and this page includes more information about the listing including a press release and the listing itself.
Threats to Biodiversity
A list of the major threats that are affecting the wildlife and environment of middle Tennessee. Dams, habitat loss from development, pollution, and soil erosion and degradation are highlighted.
Threats to Our Watershed
Information about the biggest threats to water quality in the Harpeth River Watershed. This page covers issues regarding development, sedimentation, the importance of water quality buffers, and nonpoint source pollution.
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
Rockcastle River Conservation Program
The Rockcastle River Conservation Program was formed to conserve land and species and enhance the overall quality of life around this special river. The Rockcastle has the cleanest water in the state of Kentucky. At the same time, the area is among the fastest growing areas in the state and millions of dollars are needed to conserve sensitive habitats before they are lost forever to development or mining. While the lower part of the Rockcastle River is protected because it is home to endangered species, the upper areas are still exposed and unprotected and face immediate threats, mainly from tourism and the prospect of a new I-66 interstate. Horse Lick Creek and Sinking Creek are special focus areas of the project.
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF TENNESSEE
Habitat Conservation Plan - Components
Information about the HCP's various components: Includes pages for: Covered activities within the Cumberland HCP, such as wastewater treatment plant development, waterbody crossings, bridge and culvert construction, water and sewer utility lines and more; Biological Goals and Objectives; Limiting Factors; Conservation Measures;Monitoring; and more.
See also: Habitat Conservation Plan Website
Habitat Conservation Plan - Natural Resources
An overview of the natural resources of the planning area. These pages contain information about: 1)Relevant best management practices and conservation solutions such as riparian buffers, low impact development, and conservation; 2) Relevant area recreational resources; 3) Area forests, streams and rivers, and caves and karst; 4) Areabiology 5) Covered species in the HCP; 6) Species stressors.
See also: Habitat Conservation Plan
Habitat Conservation Plan Website
The Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan is a partnership that includes the City of Crossville and Cumberland County, universities, organizations, business owners, landowners, and other private citizens. These partners are working together to conserve the forests and waters of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee and provide for continued economic growth in the region. The plan is fully funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A map of the planning area is here — Cumberland River Basin portions of the area include sections of the Caney Fork and Obey River. A brochure with general information about the plan is here, a species to benefit fact sheet is here, FAQs are answered here, information about events is here, and a newsletter is provided here.
RED RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
This webpage provides an overview of the Red River Watershed and highlights water quality challenges in the region. The site also includes a link to a map of the watershed.
Green Streets Resources
A compilation of resources and examples of green streets projects.
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.
Promoting Green Streets – A Recipe for Integrating Water and Transportation Infrastructure Investment
To address complementary municipal goals of improved water quality and restored natural hydrology, this project focused on the development of a simple and logical methodology to promote street-based stormwater management.
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Roadless Areas of the Southern Appalachians (2004)
A look at what we've lost and we stand to lose in forested areas of Appalachia.
Smart Growth in the Southeast
The Southeast has been sprawling faster than any other part of the country; our region’s haphazard and inefficient development patterns and asphalt-centered transportation programs have increased fuel consumption and tailpipe pollution while leading to the rapid loss of farmland, natural areas, and open spaces. SELC’s experts are advocating smart growth policies at the state and local levels that will help make communities more desirable, sustainable, and economically competitive while reducing the cost to taxpayers to serve growth.
TENNESSEE ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
A searchable list and map of environmental organizations across the state of Tennessee.
The goal of this program is to develop and implement a statewide Sustainability Agenda with the input of a broad coalition including citizens, conservation groups, environmental policy experts, elected officials, and representatives of private businesses, industry, and educational institutions. Throughout the year, TEC hosts community meetings to seek input across Tennessee where citizens have the opportunity to provide input. The results of these sessions are incorporated into the Sustainability Agenda and Sustainable Tennessee Priorities documents.
Tennessee Green Business Network
A networking group for businesses and organizations in Tennessee to connect, learn, share resources and ideas. Founded by Tennessee Environmental Council.