Federal Resources

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land.  Under the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, NRCS helps to restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands.

Conservation Technical Assistance Program
NRCS delivers conservation technical assistance through its voluntary Conservation Technical Assistance Program (CTA).  CTA is available to any group or individual interested in conserving our natural resources and sustaining agricultural production in this country. The CTA program functions through a national network of locally-based, professional conservationists located in nearly every county of the United States. Among other things, this assistance can help land users: Protect and improve water quality and quantity; Maintain and improve wildlife and fish habitat.

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.

Watershed Approach: Technical Resources
More technical resources on this page can assist watershed projects, particularly those addressing nonpoint sources of pollution.

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. 

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.

National Inventory and Assessment Procedure for Identifying Barriers to Aquatic Organism Passage at Road Crossings
This inventory procedure is designed to be a nationally applicable, consistent method of identifying crossings that impede passage of aquatic organisms in or along streams. It is a how-to manual for approaching answers to two questions: “How and where does the road system restrict the migration and movement of aquatic organisms; what aquatic species are affected and to what extent?”

National Riparian Vegetation Monitoring Technical Guide
The Forest Service's national riparian vegetation monitoring core protocol. Published in 2014. 

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.

StreamNotes is an aquatic and riparian systems publication that has the objective of facilitating knowledge transfer from research and development to on-the-ground application, through technical articles, case studies, and news items. Stream related topics include hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic biology, riparian plant ecology, and climate change.

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 Use 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.

Acid Drainage Technology Initiative
This initiative was formed as a partnership of technical experts from industry, state and federal agencies and academia who have joined together to combat the pervasive problem of acid mine drainage. This webpage has information about acid mine drainage, work and published reports by the group. 

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

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. 

Permitting Hotline
The Division of Compliance Assistance is available at Envhelp@ky.gov and their Hotline (502-564-0323)for all air, waste, and water permitting questions. 

Equipment Loans
The Kentucky Division of Conservation administers the Equipment Revolving Loan Program, which has been in effect since 1948. During this time, $62 million has been loaned to 2,320 individuals and conservation districts for the purpose of purchasing specialized equipment. Equipment eligible for loans through the program include dozers, backhoes, no-till drills, precision applicators for agriculture chemicals and other equipment suited for conservation work.

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. 

Field Guide to Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesting in Kentucky
This guide was designed as a field reference for timber harvesting operations. It contains minimum requirements and specifications of Best Management Practices appropriate for timber harvesting operations in Kentucky. Use of these BMPs will help reduce or eliminate sources of water pollution. 

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

Forest Stewardship Program and Landowner Services
The Kentucky Forest Stewardship Program is a free program available to all private forestland owners who own forestland. The Division of Forestry can arrange for a forester, wildlife biologist, other natural resources professional or all of the above to meet with you to help prepare a customized forest stewardship plan based on your goals and objectives for your property. On the forest stewardship program application, you are asked to choose a first and a second priority of management. Choices include both fish and wildlife habitat and forest watershed improvement. If you choose these options resource professionals will meet with you to help you plan for improving the habitat or watershed value of your forest. 

Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Kentucky Division of Forestry provides urban forestry technical assistance to municipalities, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and private landowners. The focus of the urban forestry program is to help communities develop long-term, self-sustaining urban forestry programs. One way this is being achieved is through the Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.  The division also assists with tree board formation and support, the development of tree ordinances, Arbor Day planning and Tree City USA applications.  

Karst Webpages
Webpages with general information about karst, where it's locatedgroundwater in karst aquifersfloodingvulnerability to pollution and more. Additional more technical resources are available such as KGS research on karst, a glossary of karst terms, and more. 

Water Resources Section
The Water Resources Section conducts a variety of hydrogeological investigations and acts as a scientific-technical resource to assist the groundwater data needs of state and federal agencies, other KGS sections and UK research faculty, professional geoscientists and engineers, and the general public. This webpage contains information and contacts for different initiatives of the section including details regarding the following work: the Center for Disease Control Private Well Initiative; Inventory of Sinkholes and Sinkhole Occurrences;  and Emerging Contaminants.  

State Resources - Tennessee

State Soil Conservation Committee
The State Soil Conservation Committee provides oversight and assistance to soil conservation districts in carrying out programs directed towards soil erosion control and water quality improvement on farmland. Links to soil conservation district contacts across the state are provided on this webpage. 

Watershed Coordinators
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Watershed Coordinators are available to provide technical assistance for addressing a variety of agricultural stormwater runoff and nonpoint source water concerns.  The Watershed Coordinators can help develop best management practices to combat pollutant contributions from a range of activities such as animal feeding operations, forestry activities, and urban runoff. This webpage contains a map of the state, along with highlighted coordinates and coordinator contact information.

Greenways 101
This document provides an overview of the process of developing a hard surfaced trail and has photos and illustrations showing a number of greenway trails that have been developed across the state of Tennessee. Additionally, there is budget information and a sample easement used in the acquiring of easements for public access to construct and build the trails.

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. 

Financial Assistance
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. 

Forest Planning Technical Assistance
The Division of Forestry has professional foresters stationed across the state who provide technical assistance. They have been specifically trained to collect information on resources and work with landowners to develop forest management plans. The primary program for providing technical assistance is the Forest Stewardship Program. TDF foresters conduct on the ground assessments to determine the condition of timber resources, forest health, cultural resources, wildlife habitat and water quality. Foresters then prepare a comprehensive forest management plan based on landowner objectives. Foresters also follow up with landowners to encourage the implementation of the plan. Group workshops and presentations, the division’s web site, and County Forestry Associations (CFA’s) are other forms of technical assistance coordinated through TDF. 

Urban and Community Forestry Program
The Urban & Community Forestry Program goal is to improve urban environments through planting and management of trees.  It promotes the establishment of urban forestry programs in cities and towns, assists them in developing self-sustaining urban and community forestry programs, and provides technical assistance. In addition to technical assistance, the urban forestry staff administers grants that help communities initiate or expand their local urban and forestry programs, and grants that help communities and non-profits plant trees on public land. 

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. 

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 Stormwater Association Membership
A variety of membership options for MS4s or other organizations with an interest in stormwater.

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.  

Tennessee Water Resources Research Center Annual Technical Report FY 2015-16
A report that covers a variety of TWRRCA work including: 104B Seed Grants; Student Stipends; Nutrient, Climate, and Outreach initiatives. 

UT Faculty and Staff with Expertise in Water
This page contains information on faculty and staff (by college) with water expertise at the University of Tennessee.


Stormwater Management Manual
The 2016 Stormwater Management Manual has been compiled by the City of Franklin to assist planners, developers, contractors and various businesses and industries and the City of Franklin in stormwater pollution prevention and water quality protection. Specific sections of the manual include: 1) Policies & Procedures; 2) Construction Management Practices; 3) Temporary Construction Site Runoff Management Practices; 4) Permanent Erosion Prevention & Sediment Controls; 5) Permanent Stormwater Treatment Controls; 6) Industrial & Commercial Runoff Management Practices; and 7) Other Source Controls. In addition to the manual itself, this page includes an interactive map of active construction sites, a land-use based water quality calculation tool for developers, the state's urban riparian buffer handbook, information about post construction & maintenance measures, and more.

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. 

Engineering and Construction - Stormwater
Proposed land development or redevelopment in Murfreesboro submit site plans, subdivision plats, construction plans, and stormwater designs and calculations to the City’s Planning and Engineering Department. More information about these requirements, including plan reviews, permits, and the stormwater user fee, are available on this page. Links are also provided to post-construction stormwater quality standards and design manuals

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

Stormwater Controls Manual
This webpage is home to the Murfreesboro Stormwater Controls Manual. A wide variety of stormwater controls are discussed. 

Stormwater Quality Design
This webpage provides a variety of stormwater resources including Murfreesboro's stormwater quality standards and Stormwater Ordinance, the City's Stormwater Planning and Low Impact Design Guide and Stormwater Controls Manual, and additional technical memoranda and design examples. 

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

Resources for Nashvillians interested in Composting. More information is available about Brush & Yard Waste CollectionThe Bordeaux Mulching FacilityBackyard Composting, and Composting with Worms.

Green Infrastructure Design Guidelines
This manual presents an overview of the principles of Low Impact Development (LID) and how it mimics the way nature handles water. It examines why protecting water quality is so important, the costs of conventional practices, and the benefits of sustainability. Intended for use by designers, developers, agencies, and individuals, it offers a brief look at frequently used LID techniques with descriptions, estimated cost factors, and typical maintenance requirements. The appendices offer specific information, advice, and costs for each component. 

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

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
A 2016 Stormwater Manual for developers covering: RegulationsProceduresTheoryBest Management Practices and Low Impact Development.

Stormwater Management Manual Volume 1 - Regulations
Regulations from the Stormwater Management Manual. The regulations section of the stormwater management manual coversPolicy and Permitting ProceduresFloodplain RequirementsTechnical Guidelines and CriteriaPost-Construction Water Quality Policies & Procedures, and more. 

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. 

Stormwater Management Manual Volume 4 - Best Management Practices
This volume from Nashville's Stormwater Management Manual provides a wealth of technical information about best management practices for managing stormwater. Sections cover best practices related to Contractor Management Practices, Temporary Construction Site Management Practices, Industrial / Commercial Management Practices, Permanent Erosion Prevention And Sediment Control, and Permanent Treatment Practices. 

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: BioretentionUrban BioretentionPermeable PavementInfiltrationWater Quality SwalesExtended Detention PondsDownspout DisconnectionGrass ChannelsSheet FlowReforestationCisterns, 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. 


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

Natural Gas Extraction
AMA works to quantify impacts of committing to natural gas infrastructure doing environmental reviews of pipeline proposals and representing private property owners rights impacted by pipelines /proposed pipelines. 

Managing Your Woodlands Handbook
A handbook for managing woodlands sustainably. 

River Friendly Agriculture
Best management practices (BMPs), funding sources, and contacts for landowners to help protect our state’s precious water. This webpage provides links to an explanation of agricultural BMPs, resources for paying for BMPs,certifications for farms, and contacts who can offer technical advice. All of this information is available in pdf formhere

River Talks
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.

Beneficial Conservation Practices for Farmers
This guide provides information about agricultural practices that help protect your soil and water while saving you money and preventing future problems from occurring. A list of conservation practices and benefits is provided, as are funding and support programs, and resources and support for cover crops, alternate water sources for livestock, rotational grazing, phosphorous in the environment, tree plantings and riparian zone restoration, and additional general information about water quality on farms and best management practices from TN's extension office. 

Watershed Guidebook
The Watershed Planning Guidebook for Kentucky Communities (2010), is a wonderful resource for watershed groups across the state.  The Guidebook is the result of a KWA project with the Kentucky Division of Water and stakeholders from four community watershed groups.  Sections of the guidebook include: Watershed BasicsChapter 1 – Getting StartedChapter 2 – Exploring Your Watershed (part I)Chapter 2 – Exploring Your Watershed (part II)Chapter 3 – Learning MoreChapter 4 – Analyzing ResultsChapter 5 – Finding SolutionsChapter 6 – Strategy for Success; and Chapter 7 – Making It Happen. These guidebook links provide links to a host of helpful watershed planning related resources.

Living Waters
A Benthic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Manual.

Managing Urban Runoff
Best management practices for managing urban runoff. This page includes links to related resources such as River Voices: Green Infrastructure and Urban Rivers by River Network, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System by River Network, Stormwater Pollution Permits by River Networ, Permitting Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Improving Municipal Stormwater Permits and Protecting Water Quality by American Rivers, Stormwater Management by Center for Watershed Protection, Stormwater Institute by Water Environment Federation, andRooftops to Rivers: Using Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater Runoff and Combined Sewer Overflows by NRDC.

Permitting an End to Pollution
A guide to scrutinizing and strengthening water pollution permits in your state.

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.

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.

River Advocates Fundraising Guide
A guide to fundraising for river advocates. 

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. 

Tracking TMDLs
A field guide for evaluating proposed watershed restoration plans.