Wastewater Resource Library

FEDERAL RESOURCES

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Climate Ready Water Utilities
CRWU provides water sector utilities (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities) with the practical tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate change by promoting a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options.

Financing Alternatives Comparison Tool (FACT)
FACT is a financial analysis tool that helps municipalities, utilities, and environmental organizations identify the most cost-effective method to fund a wastewater or drinking water management project. FACT produces a comprehensive analysis that compares financing options for these projects by incorporating financing, regulatory, and other important costs.

Handbook on Coordinating Funding for Water and Waste Water Infrastructure
Because there are numerous ways to coordinate funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) surveyed six states – Arizona, California, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington – to identify the keys to the success of their coordinated funding approaches. This handbook presents the lessons learned by these six states so that other states may understand the benefits and challenges of coordinating funding efforts.

How to Care for Your Septic System
EPA's guide for maintaining your septic system. Includes link to The National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association, which has a septic locator that makes it easy to find service professionals in your area.

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

Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center 
The Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center provides financial expertise to communities that are financing, drinking water, waste water and storm water infrastructure

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program provides grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas for the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters and also for educational programs that inform boaters of the importance of proper disposal of their sewage.

Water Education Posters
Cartoon posters for grades K-12 on the subjects of wetlands, water use, wastewater, navigation, groundwater, coastal hazards, watersheds, water quality, and hazardous waste.

 

U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Planning Documents - Cumberland Gap
Planning documents for the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park. Documents include the General Management Plan. 

 

STATE RESOURCES - KENTUCKY

KY DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RESOURCES
Kentucky Geoportal
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. Water related KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources datasets you can search for and find include: hunting and fishing access points and maps; blue water trails; boundaries of hunting areas including KY Wildlife Management Areas; conservation areas for bivalves; wetland birds, amphibians, and fish; and species richness bivalves and fish. 
 

KY DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH
Local Health Department Listings
Contact information for county health department offices in Kentucky. 

Onsite Wastewater Program
The Onsite Wastewater Program is administered through local health departments and begins with the use of onsite evaluations to determine if site and soil conditions are suitable for onsite wastewater systems. Certified inspectors perform site evaluations and inspections in Kentucky and certified installers must install systems unless a homeowner wishes to install his or her own system and obtains a homeowner’s permit. This program's website includes information for registering a complaint regarding a septic system, septic system installer or septic tank pumper, as well as homeowner tips for septic systems.  

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.  
 

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


KY DIVISION OF WATER
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
The CWSRF, also referred to as Fund A, is a 20-year loan program for planning, design and construction of wastewater infrastructure projects, storm water projects and nonpoint source projects. The Kentucky Division of Water and Kentucky Infrastructure Authority provide communities with low-interest loans from the CWSRF. 

Kentucky Geoportal
The Kentucky Geoportal is an award-winning data clearinghouse that provides easy and convenient ways to access and share geospatial data resources, including a great many water related geospatial datasets and data resources. Division of water / water related datasets you can search for and find include KY Wild Rivers, TMDLs, floodplain permits, regulated dams, 305b water quality data, designated use waters, wellhead protection areas, combined sewer overflows, Municipal Separate Stormwater System (MS4) communities, groundwater monitoring wells, groundwater springs, state bioregions, Source Water Assessment and Protection Program data, permitted water withdrawals, priority watersheds, river mile points. 

Kentucky's Water Health Guide
Kentucky's Water Health Guide is a summary of the current and historic conditions, activities, trends and impacts on the health of the rivers and streams that flow through the Commonwealth. This report describes the natural conditions of the streams and lakes in Kentucky, such as the types of rocks and soils, the land features, the types of vegetation, the quality of the water and how it moves. It also describes the human activities and influences, such as: building and maintenance of homes, businesses, and industries; raising of crops and livestock; treatment of human waste; recreational activities; timber cutting; mining; construction and maintenance of water lines, sewer lines, roads, pipelines, and other types of infrastructure that support human populations.

Special Appropriation Grants
Since 1996, Kentucky communities have received grant funding from the EPA for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects.  EPA refers to these projects as Special Appropriations Projects. 

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
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

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

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Illicit Discharges
This side provides a list of stormwater illicit discharge resources. Resources include: Car Care for Cleaner WaterDo's and Don'ts: Implementing a Successful Illicit ProgramEPA - Pressure Wash/Power Wash DischargesWayne County (Mich.) Illicit Connection ProgramHousehold Hazardous Waste Collection CenterNorth Hawthorne Street Household
Pipe Detectives Volunteer ProgramRecycles-Spring Clean-Up for Area WatershedsStorm Drain Markers;  Stormwater Management for HomeownersUnderstanding and Caring for Your Standard Septic Tank System; and Where Do I Take It?


TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program
Loans from this program are available for the Planning, Design, and Construction Phases of waste water facilities. The funds may be used for all three phases in any combination. Eligible projects include new construction or the upgrading/expansion of existing facilities and may encompass wastewater treatment plants, pump stations,force mains, collector sewers, interceptors, elimination of combined sewer overflows, and/or nonpoint source pollution remedies.

State Revolving Fund Program
Wastewater and drinking water loan programs administered by the state. 

Tennessee Draft Nutrient Reduction Framework
This document describes the development of the Tennessee Nutrient Reduction Framework, the rationale and the methodology used to accomplish long-term nutrient reduction in Tennessee waters.

Wellhead Protection Program
The Wellhead Protection Program was established to protect public water systems using ground water from contamination. This program has an emphasis on the prevention of ground water contamination due to the difficulty in cleaning up the contamination once it occurs. This webpage has information about the program, protecting wellheads, sources of groundwater contamination, potentially harmful components of common household products, and more.  
 

MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

BRENTWOOD
Capacity Management Program
The concept of capacity management was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to reduce sewer system overflows. The Capacity, Management, Operation & Maintenance Program or C.M.O.M., was established to help sewer system’s develop standard management, operations and maintenance activities that aid in preventing, finding and correcting system problems contributing to sewer overflows.  

Fats, Oils and Grease Control Program
The purpose of the Fats, Oils and Grease Control Program, or F.O.G. is to prevent sewer system blockages, obstructions and overflows due to the contribution and accumulation of fats, oils and grease from food service establishments, commercial facilities and industrial facilities. 

Sewer Rehabilitation Program
The goal of the Department’s Sewer Rehabilitation Program (SRP) is to investigate, identify and correct failing sewer infrastructure in order to increase system capacity and insure the life of its assets. This webpage provides additional information about the program.

Sewer System
Information about the Brentwood Sewer System including maps of the sewer basin and sewer service area and links to information about the grinder pump systemsewer rehabilitation program, and sewer system capacity. Click here to access Brentwood's Sewer System Master Plan. 

Water Services Department
The City of Brentwood, TN Water Services Department’s web site. Here you’ll find information pertaining to daily operations, rules and regulations for constructing water and sewer facilities and public education. 
 

CLARKSVILLE
Fats Oils and Grease Program
Clarksville Gas and Water has identified improper disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) as a major cause of damaging and costly sewer overflows in our sewer collection system. Clarksville addresses the issue with our proven FOG program. This webpage provides more information and what you can do to help. 

Pretreatment Program
The Pretreatment Program is designed to reduce the level of potentially toxic pollutants discharged by industry and other non-domestic wastewater sources into municipal sewer systems, and thereby, reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment from these sources. Click here to view or print the Clarksville Pretreatment Program.

Sewer Backups
Information about how to prevent sewer backups. 

Sewer Line Rehabilitation Program
This webpage provides a work schedule for sewer infrastructure improvements.

Sewer Overflow Reports
Clarksville provides information to its citizens relating to Sanitary Sewer Overflows. Links to reports can be found on this webpage. 

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
 

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

Wastewater Treatment Plant
Information about Cookeville's Wastewater Treatment Plan

Water and Sewer Department Website
The website for the Cookville Water and Sewer Department. 


FRANKLIN
Education and Outreach - Stormwater
This webpage offers residential tips to reduce stormwater pollution. 

Integrated Water Resources Planning
The Integrated Water Resources Planning (IWRP) project takes a holistic approach to managing water resources including drinking water, wastewater, reclaimed water and stormwater, along with their interaction and interrelation with the Harpeth River. The plan will provide the City of Franklin a “road map” for making investments to improve water resources with a focus on sustainability and consideration of regional goals and partnerships. This page includes the IWRP draft final report and appendicesHarpeth River FAQs, anIWRP fact sheetIWRP scope of work, and a video about the IWRP Integrated Water Plan. Additional links guide visitors to the Phase 1 Final Report, information about stakeholder and public involvement, and additional facts regarding the Integrated Water Plan and the Harpeth River

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


NASHVILLE
About Green Infrastructure
An explanation of green infrastructure provided by Clean Water Nashville. This site covers social, economic, and environmental benefits, as well as specific green infrastructure practices. Links on the page take visitors to listings of various existing green infrastructure in Nashville including green roofs, water harvesting, bioretention/bioinfiltration areas, water quality swales, and permeable pavement. 

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

Combined Sewer Area Map
A map of Nashville's Combined Sewer Area, including outfalls. 

Consent Decree
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.

Development Guides
These guides are intended to give developers of residential and commercial projects insight into Metro Water Service department’s policies and procedures.

Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment
Metro Water also offers this video about drinking water treatment, as well as a helpful interactive explanation of wastewater treatment

Education Program Offerings
Metro Water offers free educational resources and classroom presentations concerning water, wastewater and stormwater for students of all ages. Students will learn about the value of clean, safe and dependable water and how to make sound water use decisions now and in the future. This webpage offers additional information about educational programing and includes a Journey of Your Water educational video. Metro offers other pages for requesting a Metro Water Services' speaker or requesting a Metro Water Services' program.

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)
FOG that go down the drains can cause clogs in your household pipes as well as in the sanitary sewers. FOG clogs can cause sewer overflows in your neighborhood. Sanitary sewer overflows pollute Nashville’s streams and present a health hazard to people, pets and wildlife. This website provides more information and links for where to recycle your kitchen grease, an informational flyer, a notice for your newsletter or blog, and an informational PowerPoint. In addition, the site provides information about Grease Interceptor and Grease Trap Certification offered by Metro Water Services.

Green Infrastructure Master Plan
This study assesses the potential impact of green infrastructure in the combined sewer area, including the identification of possible sites and pilot projects. 

Green Roof Rebate
As part of an effort to encourage Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure in Metro Nashville, Metro Water Services is offering a green roof credit for private properties within the combined sewer system area. More information about this opportunity is available on this website. 

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.

Maintenance and Repair Projects
Notices of upcoming water related maintenance and repair projects. 

Metro Water Services History
A history of Metro Nashville's Water Services. This page also links visitors to a History of Water Services video, as well as a history of the Cumberland River video, and a history of Nashville video

Overflow Abatement Program - Projects
A listing of overflow abatement related projects in Metro Nashville including a list of current projectscompleted projects, and a map for finding a project near you

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. 

What Not to Flush
A page that lists items that should not be flushed down toilets. When the wrong thing is flushed, results can include costly backups on your own property or problems at your local wastewater treatment plant. The site also offers an information flyer you can post round your neighborhood, a notice for your newsletter or blog.


MURFREESBORO
Best Management Practices for Businesses
Murfreesboro's guides for reducing stormwater pollution from restaurantsautomotive and car careautomotive businesses and parking lots, and when pressure washing  buildings, parking, restaurant lots, gas stations.

Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention Protection
This website is home to information about these issues and Murfreesboro's efforts to address them. The page links visitors to a Cross-Connection Control Procedures Manual and a list of cross-connection certified plumbers.

Fats, Oils, and Grease Management
FOG is Fats, Oils and Grease that is generated in restaurants and in your home as a by-product of handling and preparing food for consumption. This webpage covers basic information about the problems associated with fats, oils, and grease, the do's and don'ts of disposal and additional resources such as Grease Trap / Interceptor and Sampling Box Specifications; a Grease Control Equipment Sizing Spreadsheet; and 2016 Grease Control Equipment Service Providers, and answers FAQs

GIS Maps
Interactive, water-related maps from the City of Murfreesboro include and Advanced Metering Infrastructure Map (locations that meters are currently being installed), a Water, Sewer, and Repurified Water Map, a Stormwater Map (flow direction for City Stormwater), and aStream Assessment Map (visual stream assessment points and other stream characteristics). 

Stream Quality Improvement Projects
A list of activities and projects funded through Murfreesboro's Stormwater Fee Program. 

Sub-Basin Area Master Plan
The Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Department (MWSD) maintains a 201 Wastewater Facilities Plan for sanitary sewer. This plan defines the overall planned sewer service area for the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) owned and operated by the City of Murfreesboro. Some service areas (i.e., sub-basins) have been studied to a finer level of detail through a Sub-basin Area Master Plan (SAMP). 

Technical Specifications
Technical specifications from Mufreesboro's Engineering Department related to PlumbingRepurified WaterSewer, and Water.
 

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES

AMERICAN RIVERS
Threats and Solutions
This pages provide a wealth of educational resources and information. Topics include Protecting Small Streams and WetlandsHow Stormwater Affects Your RiversSewage Pollution in RiversWater Efficiency and Conservation,"Greening" Water InfrastructurePharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Our WaterThe Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers, and Healthy Rivers, Resilient Communities
 

HARPETH RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
Drinking Water
These pages contain information about Harpeth River Watershed's concerns regarding the City of Franklin's plans for expanding it's drinking water plant and increasing withdrawals from the Harpeth. 

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. 

Sewage Treatment Plants
On this webpage HRWA explains why they believe their region needs a regional sewer and drinking water plan and provides wastewater recommendations. The site also provides a map of the Harpeth showing sewer treatment plants, drinking water plants, where contaminated groundwater is seeping into the river from the Egyptian Lacquer Plant, and where the river contains treated sewage or effluent.  

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. 

Watershed Science
This webpage is home to information about why the Harpeth does not not meet State Water Quality Standards in the summer and related science based efforts of the association. The page links visitors to an article about the high number of people who visit Harpeth River State Park, a 2006 HRWA Dissolved Oxygen Study and later 2007-2008 studies; and a 2006 Water Quality Analysis study funded by the organization. 

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: theFive Mile Creek Watershed; the headwaters; the West HarpethJones Creek and the South Harpeth
 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY - 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 ObjectivesLimiting FactorsConservation Measures;Monitoring; and more. 


RIVER NETWORK
Best Practices
River Network provides an explanation of best management practices by the following topics: Managing urban runoffReducing farm and ranch pollutionAddressing industrial and other point sourcesImproving sewage treatmentIncreasing protection for drinking water sourcesTackling energy and mining pollution.

Improving Sewage Treatment
Best management practices for improving sewage treatment. This page includes links to related resources such as The Road Toward Smarter Nutrient Management in Municipal Water Treatment by The Johnson Foundation, Decentralized Wastewater Systems by Water Environment Research Foundation, Energy Efficiency Opportunities in Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities by American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Energy self sufficiency for wastewater treatment plants by Water Environment Research Foundation, Case Studies on Implementing Low-Cost modification to Improve Nutrient Reduction at Wastewater Treatment Plants by U.S. EPA, and Smart Sewering by Charles River Watershed 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.
 

SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
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.