Training Resource Library
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE
Hydrology and Hydraulics Training Material
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Clu-In Webinars on Mining Sites
Archives of webinars on technology-related resources and training opportunities associated with characterization, cleanup, and redevelopment of abandoned mine sites.
Watershed Academy Certificate Program
The Watershed Academy Certificate Program involves a set of self-paced training modules that represents a basic but broad introduction to watershed management. This program's goal is to provide useful information to local and state/tribal efforts aimed at improving the health of our Nation's waters by protecting and managing their watersheds. These training modules cover the most important watershed management topics, about which watershed managers, local officials, involved citizens, decision makers, and others should have at least an introductory level of knowledge. Web modules resemble interactive guest lectures by leaders in watershed management.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
National Conservation Training Center
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a variety of conservation related courses. Some are in person / on-campus courses while others are offered online. Topics include climate change, ecology and field biology, environmental education, watercraft safety, outreach and partnerships and more.
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.
National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center
The focus of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center is on developing tools and science applications for the more effective management and conservation of watersheds, streams, riparian ecosystems, fisheries and aquatic ecosystems on National Forests and Grasslands. The Center's focus is on environmental flows and water resource management, watershed, stream, riparian, and aquatic habitat restoration, condition, trend, and effectiveness monitoring of watershed, channel, aquatic habitat, and riparian vegetation, technology development, transfer and application, and technical Support and Training.
Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series
The Forest Service has made available 26 webinars on a variety of open space topics including Session 24: Integrating Water Strategies at the Urban Fringe and Session 11: An All Lands Approach to Ecosystem Services for Water.
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.
Stream Simulation Culvert Design and Performance: A USFS Perspective
Aquatic organism passage at road-stream crossings has been the subject of engineering, fisheries, hydrology, and wildlife specialists’ concern for many decades. This webinar will introduce the concept of stream simulation design and provide an overview of the components of assessment, design and construction of a stream simulation design road-crossing structure.
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 FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Septic Installer Training Opportunities
The Environmental Branch of the KY Department for Public Health offers training opportunities and has, at least previously offered septic installer training opportunities. More information may be found on this webpage.
KY DIVISION OF COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE
Certification and Licensing Branch
The Certification and Licensing Branch is home to the drinking water and wastewater certification programs (as well as solid waste certification program). Through education and certification exams, these programs help ensure that the people charged with dealing with drinking water and wastewater are knowledgeable and capable of handling the responsibilities required of those positions.
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.
Master Logger Program
The Kentucky Master Logger Program is an education program that teaches logging methods that benefit both industry and the forest. The program was developed following the passage of the Kentucky Forest Conservation Act, which regulates all commercial loggers and requires the use of best management practices to help protect water quality. Please visit the Kentucky Master Logger Web site for a complete list of upcoming classes.
STATE RESOURCES - TenNessee
TN DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Nonpoint Source Program, EPA Section 319
To address nonpoint source pollution, Congress established the Nonpoint Source Program, funded by the US-EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture administers the Nonpoint Source Program in Tennessee on behalf of US-EPA. This program, created in 1987, provides funds to states, territories and Indian tribes for installing Best Management Practices to stop NPS pollution; providing training, education, and demonstrations; and monitoring water quality. This webpage has links to department of agriculture Watershed Coordinators, Nonpoint Source FAQs, NPS Success Stories, NPS Annual Report; and the 319 Management Program Document.
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.
Permanent Stormwater Management Training Website
The Permanent Stormwater Management Training website is available to design engineers and architects as well as plan reviewers and other local municipal program personnel. These courses and resources provide insights on avoidance and minimization approaches to site layout, design guidance on specific permanent stormwater control measures, and experience using tools developed to assist designers and plan reviewers with implementation of runoff reduction and pollutant removal requirements.
Stormwater Design Guidelines for Karst Terrain
Insight into design guidelines for Karst Terrain from within the Permanent Stormwater Management Manual.
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.
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.
TN DIVISION OF FORESTRY
Log On Before You Log
This project seeks to educate forest landowners about the process of marketing timber, understanding best management practices and the importance of working with professionals.
Master Logger Program
The Master Logger Program teaches logging methods that benefit both the industry and the forest. The Master Logger Program helps loggers increase profitability and professionalism while better understanding business management, forest biology, safety, and OSHA and trucking regulations. Graduates receive a free one-year membership in the Tennessee Forestry Association and are put on an annual landowner referral list from the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Its five one-day courses are; first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), logging safety, forest ecology and BMPs, forest management and silviculture, and business management.
TN STORMWATER ASSOCIATION
The Tennessee Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Handbooks have provided excellent guidance to the stormwater community since their first publication in 2000. Refined and updated since, the handbooks are the standard reference for stormwater quality management in Tennessee. Within the Cumberland River Basin, a BMP handbook for the City of Nashville is provided. Handbooks for cities across the rest of the state include Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis.
TN Stormwater Association Membership
A variety of membership options for MS4s or other organizations with an interest in stormwater.
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.
The UT Watershed Faculty Consortium and TNWRRC invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Watershed Symposium on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Hollingsworth Auditorium on Ag Campus. This year's symposium will focus on showcasing to university students the breadth of career opportunities in water-related fields and will feature a "Careers in Water" career expo. Industry representatives from government agency, private consulting, non-profit and education organizations will be on site with information about the career opportunities in their organization.
Trainings and Programs
Educational opportunities related to stormwater management. Past events have included watershed symposiums, stormwater management training, rain garden trainings, stream restoration workshops, and more.
Service Learning Program
Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. For example, if school students collect trash out of an urban streambed, they are providing a valued service to the community as volunteers. If school students collect trash from an urban streambed, analyze their findings to determine the possible sources of pollution, and share the results with residents of the neighborhood, they are engaging in service-learning. This webpage offers additional information about the program, service learning itself, and service learning training opportunities.
Stormwater Management Manual Volume 5 - Low Impact Development
The Low Impact Development (LID) Manual is a site design approach that utilizes Green Infrastructure to meet a development site’s post development stormwater runoff water quality requirements. This approach satisfies the new MS4 Permit requirement to infiltrate, evapotranspire, or harvest and use the first inch of rain. Topics covered include: Bioretention, Urban Bioretention, Permeable Pavement, Infiltration, Water Quality Swales, Extended Detention Ponds, Downspout Disconnection, Grass Channels, Sheet Flow, Reforestation, Cisterns, and Green Roofs. Additional LID resources and information are available through Metro on this webpage, including a table of incentives for Green Infrastructure, an LID Site Design Tool, and a cistern design tool. Metro also offers this LID Manual Training Video to introduce manual methodology and describe how to build a site according to the manual, manual training slides, and an interactive map of LID sites in Metro Nashville.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPACT
Starting in April 2014, the Cumberland River Compact began hosting River Talks: An Educational Series at theCumberland River Center. River Talks encompasses five different lecture and event series spanning a wide range of topics, from history to environmental policy and more.
Events & Webinars
River Network hosts events and presents webinars related to our three strategic areas of focus (clean water, ample water, strong champions), providing easy access to best practices and new ideas on a regular basis and celebrating interesting and novel approaches. In addition to content we deliver, select offerings from other institutions will be promoted through our website to enrich learning across our community.
River Rally, hosted annually by River Network, is a national conference that focuses on education, inspiration and celebration within the river and watershed community. Unique in its focus on connecting peers, providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally draws hundreds of people together every year from across the United States and the world. Join NGO staff, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and concerned citizens for the biggest (and most fun) event of the year.
Tools For Protecting Your River
Citizens who organize on behalf of their hometown stream-or its entire watershed-take on important, rewarding work that will impact the stream and their community for years to come. This is River Networks Toolkit for Watershed Groups.