National Water Quality Handbook
This handbook is the principal NRCS water quality reference regarding all agricultural land uses. The handbook is the definitive NRCS resource for water quality technical information, guidance, and procedures.

Restoration Resources and Reports (Beyond NRCS)
Resources organized by NRCS. 

Stream Visual Assessment Protocol
Provides a simple procedure to evaluate the condition of a stream based on visual characteristics. It is designed for use by landowners and conservationists in the field.

Reservoir Gauges and Monitoring
Water quality, precipitation, and project pool elevation data. Project reports and additional resources. 

Ask WATERS answers multi-program questions that draw on information from the databases linked through WATERS. This tool generates cross-program calculations, examines spatial relationships between programs, performs nationwide analyses, produces multi-program inventory reports for a given geographic area, and investigates interstate water quality issues. The 'Simple Query' answers frequently asked questions about WATERS data. Its easy-to-use interface returns summary, detailed, and graphical results in an easy-to-read format.The 'Expert Query' is a powerful tool consisting of fully interactive database views for users requiring more specific data analyses.

Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load Tracking and Implementation System (ATTAINS)
The Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Tracking and Implementation System (ATTAINS) is an online system for accessing information about the conditions in the Nation’s surface waters.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program is a federal-state partnership that provides communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.

Compliance Dashboard
The Compliance Dashboard shows trends in environmental compliance and enforcement for both surface waters and drinking waters across the US. The dashboards provide an easy-to-use summary of activities to answer questions like: which facilities are regulated, how many have been inspected or otherwise evaluated, and how many have alleged violations and have been subject to enforcement.

Environmental Quality Index and Associated Domain Indices by County for the U.S.
This map service displays the results data from the EPA's Environmental Quality Index. The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in the Environmental Public Health Division (EPHD) is currently engaged in research aimed at developing a measure that estimates overall environmental quality at the county level for the United States. This work is being conducted as an effort to learn more about how various environmental factors simultaneously contribute to health disparities in low-income and minority populations, and to better estimate the total environmental and social context to which humans are exposed. This dataset contains the finalized Environmental Quality Index (EQI), and an index for each of the associated domains (air, water, land, built environment, and sociodemographic environment). Indices are at the county level for all counties in the United States.

How's My Waterway
How's My Waterway provides information about the conditions of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the U.S. More recent or more detailed water information may exist that is not yet available through EPA databases or other sources.

Hydrologic and Water Quality System (HAWQS)
HAWQS is a water quantity and quality modeling system that evaluates the impacts of management alternatives, pollution control scenarios and climate change scenarios

MyWater is a tool that makes use of EPA ATTAINS Data for in Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as elsewhere in the county. It includes information regarding water quality, monitoring activities, drinking water sources, watersheds, an urban waters widget that shows local activities, new and expiring permits, and stream flow. 

National Hydrography Dataset Plus (Version 2)
NHDPlus is a geo-spatial, hydrologic framework dataset built by the US EPA Office of Water, assisted by the US Geological Survey. Since its first release in 2006, NHDPlus has been made available to the wider water resources community and has been used for many diverse applications by Federal, state, and local governments, as well as non-profit organizations, private companies and educational institutions. The NHDPlus user community has developed tools and ancillary data to support their NHDPlus applications.

National Lakes Assessment Data
The National Lakes Assessment (NLA) was the first-ever statistically-valid survey of the biological condition of lakes and reservoirs throughout the U.S. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) worked with states and tribes to conduct the assessment in 2007. 

National Land Cover Datasets
The primary objective of the NLCD is to provide the Nation with nationally complete, current, consistent, and public domain information on the Nation's land cover. Land cover information is critical for local, state, and federal managers and officials to assist them with issues such as assessing ecosystem status and health, modeling nutrient and pesticide runoff, understanding spatial patterns of biodiversity, land use planning, deriving landscape pattern metrics, and developing land management policies.

National Listing of Fish Advisories Technical Maps
National Listing of Fish Advisories Technical Maps are a suite of interactive mapping and search tools for viewing fish advisories and fish tissue sampling data.

National Rivers and Streams Assessment
The National Rivers and Streams Assessment (NRSA) is a collaborative survey that provides information on the ecological condition of the nation’s rivers and streams and the key stressors that affect them, both on a national and an ecoregional scale. 

National Water Quality Monitoring Council
This council offers an interactive map of monitoring activities around the county. 

National Wetland Condition Assessment
The National Wetland Condition Assessment (NWCA) is a collaborative survey of our Nation's wetlands. The NWCA examines the chemical, physical and biological integrity of wetlands through a set of commonly used and widely accepted indicators.

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

ROE National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD)
This raster dataset comes from the National Land Cover Database (NLCD), 2011 version. It represents land cover across the contiguous 48 states, circa 2011. Each 30-meter-square pixel has been classified using a standard land cover classification scheme, and some of these categories have been aggregated further according to procedures outlined in EPA's Report on the Environment (www.epa.gov/roe). Data were originally processed and compiled by the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC), a U.S. federal inter-agency group, based on Landsat satellite imagery.

Storage and Retrieval (STORET)
STORET is an electronic data system for water quality monitoring data developed by EPA. STORET has taken various forms since the 1960's. Since about 2000, STORET has referred to a local data management system as well as data warehouse developed for purposes of assisting water quality data owners manage data locally and share data nationally.

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.  

Surface Water Models
The EPA Center for Exposure Assessment Modeling (CEAM) distributes simulation models and database software designed to quantify movement and concentration of contaminants in lakes, streams, estuaries, and marine environments. This site provides access to watershed modeling tools such as Better Assessment Science Indicating Point and Nonpoint Sources (BASINS)Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) and Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP).

Volunteer Monitoring Resources
This page has EPA resources and links to information about volunteer water quality monitoring.

Watershed Assessment, Tracking & Environmental Results System (WATERS)
The data architecture of WATERS integrates information from various EPA water programs by linking it to the national surface water network. Using WATERS, environmental professionals and interested citizens can access comprehensive information about the quality of the nation's surface water. Available information includes but is not limited to designated use(s) of a waterbody; water quality monitoring results; assessments of water quality; causes and sources of impaired waters; and location of dischargers.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force
The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species. The Task Force's website is home to a variety of nuisance species resources related to impactsspecies of concernpreventionmonitoringcontroleducation, and more. 

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants
NAWCA grants increase bird populations and wetland habitat, while supporting local economies and American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming, and cattle ranching. Wetlands protected by NAWCA provide valuable benefits such as flood control, reducing coastal erosion, improving water and air quality, and recharging ground water.

Rapid Assessment and Response to New Introductions of Aquatic Invasive Species
Rapid assessment and response involves assessing the size of the infestation relative to the resources and tools that are available to completely remove the infestation (“eradication”). Visit this USFWS webpage to learn more. 

Bedload Assessment in Gravel-bedded Streams (BAGS)
BAGS is a spreadsheet-based program that predicts bed load transport using six well-known bed load transport equations developed specifically for gravel-bed rivers. A companion document 'Sediment Transport Primer Estimating Bed-Material Transport in Gravel-bed Rivers' is also available.

Forest Plan - Daniel Boone National Forest
Every National Forest has a Land and Resource Management Plan. The Forest Plan describes desired conditions that may be achievable only over a period longer than the 15 years covered by the plan.  Monitoring and evaluation reports for the Forest Plan are available here

logPearson Frequency Analysis Spreadsheet for Analyses of Streamgage Records
Engineering projects along stream corridors require flow frequency estimates for their designs. Where sufficient streamgage data are available, the likely best method for developing flow frequency relationships are from statistical analyses of streamgage data. The standard procedure for developing these estimates use the logPearson frequency analysis. This spreadsheet tool was developed to implement this analysis procedure. 

National Best Management Practices Program
The National Best Management Practices (BMP) Program was developed to improve management of water quality consistently with the Federal Clean Water Act and State water quality programs.The National BMP Program consists of four main components: 1) The National Core BMP Technical Guide 2) The National Core BMP Monitoring Technical Guide 3) Revised National Direction, and 4)A national data management and reporting system.

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.

Water and Soil Resource Management in Daniel Boone National Forest
This webpage has information regarding some of the water and soil resource management efforts that have taken place in this national forest.

Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air, & Rare Plants Program
This program of the US Forest Service aims to 1) protect, sustain, and improve the water and watershed resources and services; 2) protect ecosystems by ensuring that proposed management activities promote conservation of biological diversity; 3) restore deteriorated ecosystems by ensuring their biological health, diversity, and productivity; 4) provide multiple benefits to people within the capabilities of ecosystems by enhancing ecosystem productivity, managing public access, and increasing environmental education; and 5) improve organizational effectiveness.

Active Groundwater Level Network
The Active Groundwater Level Network contains water levels and well information from thousands of wells that have been measured by the USGS or USGS cooperators at least once within the past 13 months. Only one site exists within the Cumberland River Basin.  This site is also within the agency's Climate Response Network.

Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee - Kentucky
The Kentucky Agriculture Science and Monitoring Committee (KASMC) is a partnership of national, state, and local agencies dedicated to coordinating agricultural science and monitoring efforts in Kentucky in order to promote sustainable farming and a healthy environment.

Annual Water Data Reports
These reports were published annually for many decades for use by engineers, scientists, managers, educators, and the general public. These static archival products supplemented direct access to current and historical water data provided by the National Water Information System web interface (NWISWeb), the authoritative source for USGS water data.

Assessment of Pesticides, Nutrients, and Suspended Sediment of the Little River Basin, Kentucky
The purpose of this work is 1) develop and apply a multiple-source tracking approach to identify different sources(s) of pathogens, sediment and nitrogen that are exported to streams across land use and variable hydrologic conditions, and 2) provide insight into pathways to improve water quality for various parameters.This effort will also help guide effective restoration efforts primarily in the South Fork Little River subbasin.

Assessment of Pesticides, Nutrients, and Suspended Sediment of the Little River Basin, Kentucky
The purpose of this work is 1) develop and apply a multiple-source tracking approach to identify different sources(s) of pathogens, sediment and nitrogen that are exported to streams across land use and variable hydrologic conditions, and 2) provide insight into pathways to improve water quality for various parameters.This effort will also help guide effective restoration efforts primarily in the South Fork Little River subbasin.

BioData Retrieval
The USGS BioData Retrieval system provides access to aquatic biological community and physical habitat data collected by USGS scientists from stream ecosystems across the nation. USGS scientists collect fish, aquatic macroinvertebrate, and algae-community samples and conduct stream physical habitat surveys. The system contains sample data that were collected and processed since 1991 using the protocols of the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA). As of 2010, the system has added data collected by USGS scientists using the procedures and protocols of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Rivers and Streams Assessment program (NRSA). 

Cooperative Matching Funds Program
The Cooperative Matching Funds Program is the Water Mission Area’s “bottom-up, on-the-ground” program that is designed to bring local, State, and Tribal water science needs and decision-making together with USGS national capabilities related to USGS nationally consistent methods and quality assurance; innovative monitoring technology, models, and analysis tools; and robust data management and delivery systems. The Program provides the foundation for USGS water monitoring networks (quantity and quality) and supports interpretative studies that cover a wide range of issues.

Data Grapher and Data Tabler - Tennessee
From these web pages, you can create graphs and tables of streamflow and water-quality data from selected U.S. Geological Survey sites in the State of Tennessee.

Drinking Water Research Topics
These U.S. Geological Survey webpages provide scientific data and information on the occurrence, fate, and transport of emerging and legacy contaminants in water resources, assessments of drinking-water sources, and the vulnerability of water supplies to contamination.

DroughtWatch - Tennessee
This map (from USGS's National Drought Watch Web site) shows the 7-day average streamflow conditions in hydrologic units. Thus, the map shows conditions adjusted for this time of the year. The colors represent 7-day average streamflow percentiles for the day of the year. USGS sites having at least 30 years of record are used. The data used to produce this map are provisional and have not been reviewed or edited. They may be subject to significant change.

Gauges - Kentucky
USGS gages for monitoring current conditions of surface waterprecipitationgroundwater, and water quality, as well as lake and reservoir elevations in Kentucky. 

Historical gage data for streamflow, groundwater, and water quality, as well as annual reports. 

Gauges - Tennessee
USGS gages for monitoring current conditions of surface waterprecipitationgroundwater, and water quality, as well as lake and reservoir elevations in Tennessee. 

Historical gage data for streamflow, groundwater, and water quality, as well as annual reports. 

Ground Water
This booklet describes how groundwater occurs and how its quality is assessed.

Instantaneous Data Archive
Since 1889 the United States Geological Survey has collected continuous stage, discharge, and other instantaneous time-series data on the nations rivers and streams. These time-series data have been and are typically recorded at intervals ranging from 5 to 60 minutes. This web site has been established to make available as much historical instantaneous data from USGS data collection stations as possible. Although this site currently serves instantaneous discharge (streamflow) data only, work is planned to extend it to other time-series parameters in the future.

Kentucky Water Science Center Sediment Laboratory
The lab performs suspended-sediment concentrations and suspended-sediment sand-fine breaks analyses for project personnel from 23 USGS Districts. These analyses can be used to estimate silt transportation and deposition in streams, rivers, and reservoirs.

Modeling of Surface Water Quality
SPARROW is a modeling tool for the regional interpretation of water-quality monitoring data. The model relates in-stream water-quality measurements to spatially referenced characteristics of watersheds, including contaminant sources and factors influencing terrestrial and aquatic transport. SPARROW empirically estimates the origin and fate of contaminants in river networks and quantifies uncertainties in model predictions.

Multiple-source tracking: Investigating sources of pathogens, nutrients, and sediment in the Upper Little River Basin, Kentucky, water years 2013–14
In this study, different approaches were used to identify potential sources of fecal-indicator bacteria (FIB), nitrate, and suspended sediment; to inform the TMDL process; and to aid in the implementation of effective watershed-management activities. 

National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP)
The NADP monitors wet atmospheric deposition at approximately 300 locations throughout the United States and two locations in the Cumberland River Basin (Land Between the Lakes and Mulberry Flat (Also in Land Between the Lakes)). A fundamental NADP program objective is to provide scientists, resource managers and policy-makers world-wide with a long-term, high-quality database of atmospheric deposition to support research and decision-making in the areas of air quality, water quality, agricultural effects, forest productivity, materials effects, ecosystem studies, watershed studies, and human health. 

National Water Information System (NWIS)
The NWIS is the Nation's principal repository of water resources data. It includes data from more than 1.5 million sites, some in operation for more than 100 years. Data is available on streamflow, droughts, groundwater, and surface water quality and is searchable by state. 

National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)
NAWQA is a USGS database that can help you answer three questions: 1) What is the condition of our Nation's streams, rivers, and ground water? 2) How are these conditions changing over time? 3) How do natural features and human activities affect these conditions, and where are those effects most pronounced?

Primer on Water Quality
Basic information from USGS about water quality. 

This web tool allows users click a stream and map upstream and downstream traces and generate reports for each trace (including a map of the trace; its direction, total length, and outlet waterbody; its origin’s stream name, coordinates, and elevation; and counts of the number of gages, streams, states, counties, and cities along the trace.)

Stream Flow Gage Locations Map - Kentucky
PDF map with stream flow gage locations in Kentucky. 

Turbidity Monitoring in Tennessee
A study involving suspended-sediment and turbidity monitoring at streamgaging stations near the segment of State Route 840 under construction between Fairview and Bending Chestnut.

Water Science Center - Kentucky
This site is home to a variety of Kentucky specific water-resource information. It includes information regarding surface water, ground water, water quality, and many other topics. 

Water Science Center - Tennessee
This site is home to a variety of Tennessee specific water-resource information. It includes information regarding surface water, ground water, water quality, and many other topics. The USGS operates the most extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations in Tennessee, many of which support flood-warning systems.

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.

This USGS tool sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. 

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.

A tool for sending an email or text message containing a USGS gaging site number and quickly receiving a reply with its most recent observation. 

Water-Use Information Program
The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Use Information program is responsible for compiling and disseminating the nation's water-use data. The USGS works in cooperation with local, State, and Federal environmental agencies to collect water-use information. USGS compiles these data to produce water-use information aggregated at the county, state, and national levels.

Water Resources Applications Software
The USGS software and related documentation on these Web pages can be used, copied, modified, and distributed without any fee or cost. Includes software applicable to water quality and chemistry, groundwater, surface water, and more. 

Watershed Boundaries From GAGES-II: Geospatial Attributes of Gages for Evaluating Streamflow
This dataset, termed "GAGES II", an acronym for Geospatial Attributes of Gages for Evaluating Streamflow, version II, provides geospatial data and classifications for 9,322 stream gages maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). This dataset has two purposes: (1) to provide users with a comprehensive set of geospatial characteristics for a large number of gaged watersheds, particularly for gages with long flow record, and (2) to provide a determination of which of those watersheds represent hydrologic conditions which are least disturbed by human influences ("reference gages"), compared to other watersheds within ecoregions. 

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Website
Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. 

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

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

Hydrographic and Impairment Statistics Database (HIS)
The HIS database provides summary statistics of surface hydrography (acres of lakes, miles of streams, etc.) within and adjacent to each national park unit using the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) high resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), the NPS Administrative Park Boundary Dataset, and other sources. 

Fort Donelson National Battlefield Website
Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant was becoming quite famous as he wrote these words following the surrender of Confederate Fort Donelson on Sunday, February 16, 1862. The Union victory at Fort Donelson elated the North, and stunned the South. Within days of the surrender, Clarksville and Nashville would fall into Union hands. Grant and his troops had created a pathway to victory for the Union.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Natchez Trace Parkway Website
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Natural Resource Inventory
Data and resources on baseline water quality, climate, species, history and more all national parks across the Cumberland River Basin and in the United States. 

Stones River National Battlefield
The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. The battle produced important military and political gains for the Union, and it changed forever the people who lived and fought here.

Use this search tool to find park specific data including water quality, climate change, species, base cartography, and species occurrence and distribution

Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program Website
The Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program is OSMRE’s largest program. Since 1977, the AML program has collected over $10.5 billion in fees from present-day coal production and distributed more than $8.0 billion in grants to states and tribes, mandatory distributions to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) retiree health and pension plans and to OSMRE’s operation of the national program to reclaim land and waters damaged by coal mining. 

AMDTreat is a computer application for estimating abatement costs for acid mine drainage. 

Applicant Violator System
The Applicant Violator System is an automated information system owned and operated by OSMRE. Information on applicants, permittees, operators, application and permit records, as well as unabated or uncorrected environmental violations of SMCRA are maintained in this nationwide database for OSMRE’s Federal and State programs.

Citizens Request for an Inspection
Under the Surface Mining Law, citizens may request an inspection of a mine if a violation is suspected. If your request provides a reasonable basis to believe that a violation exists, you also have the right to accompany the mine inspector when he completes the inspection. The procedure for requesting an inspection should begin with filing a request with the state agency, or with the Office of Surface Mining in the states of Tennessee and Washington, or on Indian lands.

Handbook of Technologies for Avoidance and Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage
This 1998 handbook was developed by the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative. 

Lead Poisoning and Lead Issues
Information and resources related lead related laws and safety. 

Mercury Information Page
Information and resources related mercury and mercury exposure.


79 Conservation Issues and Associated Actions
Conservation issues and mitigation actions related to siltation and turbidity, aquatic habitat degradation, point and non-point source pollution, and other threats. 

Blue Green Algae and Harmful Algal Blooms
Blue-green algae are a type of bacteria found in lakes in Kentucky and throughout the United States.  They occur naturally, but if their numbers get too high they can pose health risks to humans and animals. Both the Kentucky Division of Water and the U.S. Army Corps have initiated increased testing of lakes in Kentucky to document these blooms and provide updated information to the public. This webpage offers additional resources and information. 

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. 

Agriculture Water Quality Plan and Agriculture Water Quality Authority
Members of the Agriculture Water Quality Authority are appointed by the governor to represent the state’s agriculture and environmental community while developing and supporting a statewide agricultural water quality plan. The statewide agriculture water quality plan is an effort to produce a practical, flexible, coordinated natural resources management system that protects the waters of the Commonwealth and complies with applicable government rules and regulations. This website lists members of the authority, contains links to meeting minutes, and links visitors to the Agriculture Water Quality Plan

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. 

Forestland Assessment Online Survey Results
An online survey was conducted in 2009 to determine the forest issues that are most relevant to Kentucky citizens. 

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. 

Kentucky Forest Conservation Act
The Kentucky Forest Conservation Act requires loggers to use appropriate best management practices to protect water quality. The Division of Forestry has a number of resources related to the document including a Forest Conservation Act Fact SheetLoggers Guide to the Forest Conservation Act, and a What Landowners Should Know about the Forest Conservation Act document. 

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. 

Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy
The Kentucky Statewide Assessment of Forest Resources and Strategy document identifies key forest-related issues and priorities to support development of a long-term resource strategy specific to Kentucky's forest needs. Specific sections of interest cover Water Quality and Quantity, as well as Funding

Cumulative Hydrologic Impact Assessment
The Division of Mine Permits is responsible for assessing the impact of an applicant’s proposed operation on the environment. A Cumulative Hydrologic Impact Assessment (CHIA) is conducted for each application. The data is organized by the watershed’s Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC), which is used to identify the unique watershed. The data may include surface water quality, benthic information, groundwater quality, water quality violations, pollutant discharge elimination information, mine history and information regarding pending mines. The files are organized by their HUC 12 watershed and are available for download. 

Watershed Trend Station Data
The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources has posted water quality data taken from in-stream sampling sites throughout the Kentucky coalfields.  The data represents analyses of water samples taken quarterly from July 2010 through June 2012.  Samples were taken from 53 sites in the eastern coalfield and 11 sites in the western coalfield during the time period. A table on this webpage lists information for each sample site and a link to its data sheet containing the measurements of concentration for tested analytes. 

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. 

Funding Opportunities
A list of water related funding opportunities, compiled by the Kentucky Division of Water

Integrated Reports: 305(b) Assessed Waters and 303(d) Lists
Every two years Kentucky reports to Congress on the condition of water resources in Kentucky. Water quality reports are available on KDOW's website in part or whole from the most recent back to 1996. 305(b) GIS data from 1998-2014 can be found here.

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 Nutrient Reduction Strategy
The Kentucky Division of Water is developing a draft Nutrient Reduction Strategy to outline ongoing and future efforts to reduce the amount nutrients entering Kentucky waters and, ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico. Kentucky’s strategy is being designed as a comprehensive, overarching framework to guide reduction of nutrient loading and develop a reasonable and appropriate watershed-specific plan to manage nutrients. The strategy will build on programs already in place in Kentucky and will consolidate activities being conducted by other state and federal agencies.This webpage includes additional documents and information about the strategy. 

Kentucky Division of Water Hotline
For environmental emergencies such as spills of gas, oil or other substances, contact the Environmental Response Team: 502-564-2380 or 1-800-928-2380

Kentucky Nonpoint Source Management Plan
The KY Division of Water designed the Kentucky Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan in 2014 to be used for several purposes. First, this plan was designed as a way to inform citizens of the work the agency is doing to reduce nonpoint source pollution. Second, anyone applying for a Section 319(h) grant should draw on this document as a way of understanding the Commonwealth’s priorities for the NPS Program. Finally, this document was intended to meet the Clean Water Act requirements and the US EPA’s Nine Key Elements guidance. 

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.

Kentucky Water Watch
The Water Watch program is dedicated to helping you protect Kentucky's streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. The program accomplishes its goals through community education initiatives, community leadership, community action and water quality monitoring projects. KY Water Watch volunteers throughout Kentucky collect water quality data on the state's rivers and streams. A list of Water Watch groups can be organized by county, city, water body, affiliation or contact. 

Kentucky Watershed Viewer
The Kentucky Watershed Viewer is an interactive map capable of displaying a large variety of water related spatial data. Data layers include: KY Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit holders, permitted water withdrawals, river mile points, karst dye trace sites and flows, KY Division of Water priority watersheds, Wildlife Management Areas, wellhead protection areas, watersheds, designated use waters, exceptional and reference reach waters, 305b data (water quality), and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). 

Nonpoint Source Funding
Funding through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act is provided to the Kentucky Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Funds can be used to pay for 60 percent of the total cost for each project; a 40 percent nonfederal match is required. Grants are available for watershed-based plan development and implementation, protection of Special Use Waters with identified threats, as well as other nonpoint source pollution control projects to help mitigate or prevent runoff pollution. Priority consideration will be given to applications for watershed plan development and implementation in 303(d) listed streams and protection of threatened Special Use Waters.

Potential for Levels of Arsenic and Chromium in Drinking Water
2013 study by the Division of Water. 

Probabilistic Monitoring
Using macroinvertebrates, streams are assessed randomly within each basin to project the use support of the watershed.

Reference Reach Monitoring
The Reference Reach Program collects and summarizes data from least-disturbed streams using a regional framework in order to develop appropriate criteria for bioassessment interpretation.

Sediment Monitoring
The Division of Water monitors the quality of stream sediments to gain an overall understanding of the background conditions of sediments in wadeable streams and identify areas where concentrations of pollutants in sediments are elevated from background or historic records. 

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. 

Special Use Waters
KY Division of Waters Special Waters Database includes tool for searching for waters designated as Cold Water Aquatic HabitatsOutstanding National Resource WatersExceptional WatersReference Reach StreamsOutstanding State Resource WatersState Wild RiversFederally Designated Wild Rivers, and Federally Designated Scenic Rivers

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Health Reports
This TMDL webpage houses pre- and post-monitoring reports that provide information about the TMDL process and relay scientific information about water quality and biological health. Quick links are available to approved TMDLsdelisted streamsTMDLs under development, and a TMDL tool kit. TMDL information can also be viewed specifically in the upper Cumberland or lower Cumberland regions

Water Advisories
The Division of Water issues water quality advisories for fish consumptionswimming, and harmful algal blooms.

Water Health Portal
The water healthy portal includes information regarding the health status of Kentucky surface waters and allows users to connect to studies and reports on various streams and identify Kentucky's 'Outstanding State Resource Waters.'

Water Quality Monitoring Webpage
Information on the Division of Waters approach to monitoring. Includes resources on monitoring for biology, bacteria, fish tissue, and sediment. 

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.

Watershed Biological Monitoring
This program collects and analyzes aquatic life for the assessment of water quality using fixed and variable sites within the watershed framework.

Watershed Watch
Since 1997, Watershed Watch in Kentucky has trained nearly 4,000 volunteers and currently has approximately 2,000 volunteers that continue to sample across the state. There are monitoring stations in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.Volunteers are trained on how to take a qualified water sample that is analyzed by professional labs. They are also trained on how to perform basic water quality field data, consisting of dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity. Volunteers can also be trained to perform biological and habitat assessments. Watershed Watch organizations in the Cumberland River Basin include the Upper Cumberland River Watershed Watch and the Four Rivers Watershed Watch. Data gathered across Kentucky can be viewed here

Groundwater Data Repository
The Kentucky Groundwater Data Repository houses a variety of groundwater related data including: a searchable database of water well and spring records; a water well and spring location map; a searchable database of groundwater-quality data; graphical groundwater-quality comparison; a groundwater-quality data map service; and a karst potential index map service. The repository database currently contains information for over 92,000 water wells, 5,100 springs, and 50,000 suites of water-quality analyses (millions of individual analyte results). 

Groundwater Quality Map - Interactive
An interactive map that allows you to view and query groundwater quality data. 

Groundwater Quality Maps by Pollutant
Maps showing existence of groundwater pollutants across KY for manganese, iron, cadmium, mercury, selenium, pH, nitrate-nitrogen, and a number of other contaminants. This webpage also includes summaries of groundwater quality for the portions of the Cumberland River Basin that are found within Kentucky. 

Interagency Groundwater Monitoring Network
This website has information about the Kentucky Interagency Groundwater Monitoring Network,  a long-term, interagency groundwater monitoring network to characterize the quality, quantity, and distribution of groundwater in Kentucky. The webpage includes a map of sampling sites and annual reports dating back to 1999.  

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. 

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. KY Geological Survey / water related datasets you can search for and find include: oil and gas well locations; Class I and Class II disposal and injection wells; groundwater quality; water well and spring locations and data; and karst potential. 


Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund
The ARCF provides cost-share assistance to Tennessee landowners to install Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce agricultural water pollution. A wide range of BMPs are available for cost-share, from those that curtail soil erosion to ones that help to remove pollutants from water runoff from agricultural operations. Landowners may be eligible to receive up to 75% of the cost of a BMP installation. Part of the fund is also available for educational projects which raise awareness of soil erosion/water quality problems and promote BMP use. 

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 CoordinatorsNonpoint Source FAQsNPS Success StoriesNPS Annual Report; and the 319 Management Program Document.

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. 

Discharges of Filter Backwash and Sedimentation Basin Washwater from Water
Any individual who discharges filter backwash and sedimentation basin washwater from water treatment plants to the waters of Tennessee must obtain an NPDES permit for such discharge.

Hydrostatic Test Water National Pollution Discharge Elimination System General Permit
Any individual who discharges hydrostatic test water to the waters of Tennessee must file for coverage under the Division of Water Resources General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Hydrostatic Test Water. 

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permits General Permit for Application of Pesticides
Point source discharges of biological pesticides, and chemical pesticides that leave a residue into waters of the state were determined to be pollutants under the Clean Water Act. 

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.

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). 

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.

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. 

Best Management Practices in TN: Guide to Forestry
This 2003 BMP handbook was prepared as a reference guide for those who work in the forest, own forestland or are concerned about forest management practices and their effect on the environment. It is designed to assist foresters, loggers and land managers with each aspect of BMP installation. Topics covered include forest road design, construction and maintenance; special considerations for streamside management zones; timber harvesting and site preparation; and wetlands.

Forests Action Plan
It was a goal for this forest action plan not only to address national private forest conservation priorities, but also to be a useful tool to a wide range of organizations and individuals in Tennessee to address forest resource issues pertinent to this state. Where possible it compliments other state agency plans, such as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's State Wildlife Action Plan and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Recreation Plan, with a particular focus tied to maintaining water quality and quantity. Links from this page take users to information regarding forest resource conditionsbenefits from forest resourcessustainabilityissues and strategies, and priority watersheds

Forest Legacy Program
The Tennessee Forest Legacy Program currently conserves 35,000 acres across Tennessee, and is growing. Its mission is to protect environmentally important, working private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. The Forest Legacy Program identifies and permanently protects environmentally important private forestlands that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. Delivered through Forest Service Cooperative Forestry, Tennessee and most other US states qualify as a participant and compete nationally for 75% grant funding each year. Click here for a map of eligible Forest Legacy Area Watersheds (2014). 

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. 

Timber Harvesting Complaints
The Division of Forestry investigates complaints about water pollution caused by timber harvesting. Complaints can be registered at any Division office or at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Environmental Field Office, 1-888-891-TDEC (8332). Complaints can also be registered electronically using the TDEC Water Quality Complaint Form for Logging Activities

Water Quality Webpage
This webpage provides an overview of water quality programs and measures employed by the Division of Forestry. 

303(d) Lists of Impaired Waters in Tennessee
The 303(d) list is a compilation of the lakes, rivers, and streams in Tennessee that fail to meet one or more water quality standards. In addition, the list provides pollutant information and TMDL prioritization. 303(d) lists available on this site data back to 1992. 

305(b) Report on Surface Water Quality in Tennessee
The 305(b) Report summarizes the general water quality of surface waters in Tennessee. The report contains information about water quality, the assessment process, use support, causes and sources of pollution, and waterbodies posted due to human health risks. 305(b) reports available on this site date back to 2002. 

Bacteriological and Fishing Advisories in Tennessee
List of streams and reservoirs where fish consumption or human contact advisories have been issued.

Citizen Water Quality Complaints
Citizens may submit complaints about water quality violations to the State of Tennessee by email, through the mail or by toll-free phone number. This website provides information for doing so.

Commercial Laboratories and Microbiological Laboratories for Drinking Water Analysis
Drinking water analysis laboratories across the state of Tennessee. 

Comparison of Nutrient Levels, Periphyton Densities and Diurnal Dissolved Oxygen Patterns in Impaired and Reference Quality Streams in Tennessee
This document compares algal densities and nutrient levels to diurnal DO patterns in reference and impaired steams in 16 subecoregions. 

Development of Regionally-Based Numeric Interpretations of Tennessee's Narrative Biological Integrity Criterion
This report contains guidance for interpretation of existing narrative biological criteria based on regional reference data. The report details macroinvertebrate monitoring at reference streams. The metric selection and assessment guidelines are discussed. 

Development of Regionally-Based Interpretations of Tennessee's Narrative Nutrient Criterion
This report contains guidance for interpretation of existing narrative nutrient criteria based on regional reference data. The report summarizes reference nutrient data and describes how nitrate+nitrite and total phosphorus goals were developed. 

Development of Regionally Based pH Criteria for Wadeable Streams
This document describes a statewide study of regional differences in the effect pH has on the aquatic communities in wadeable streams and rivers. These results will form the basis of recommendations for regional pH criteria to be formalized in the General Water Quality Criteria.

Enforcement Action Databases - TN Department of Environment and Conservation
A searchable database of TN Department of Environment and Conservation enforcement actions. Dataset includes orders and cases, respondents, and affiliated documents. Data can be organized via a number of parameters such as case number, site name, violation type, city, county, signed date, and more. 

Evaluation of Regional Dissolved Oxygen Patterns of Wadeable Streams in Tennessee Based on Diurnal and Daytime Monitoring
This report describes a statewide study of regional differences in both diurnal and daylight dissolved oxygen patterns in wadeable streams. Study results will help guide fish and aquatic life criteria decisions for the 2002 triennial review of water quality standards. 

Exceptional Tennessee Waters & Outstanding National Resource Waters
The Division of Water Resources has compiled a partial list of exceptional Tennessee waters based on characteristics set forth in the regulation by the Tennessee Water Quality Control Board.

Framework for Establishing Evaluated Water Quality Assessments
This 2016 document describes situations where water quality assessments may be based on information other than recently collected benthic or chemical data.

Guidance for What to Do with a Well After a Flood
This guidance is intended to assist well owners on precautions to take after a flood event submerges the top of the well casing. 

Habitat Quality of Least-Impacted Streams in Tennessee
This report describes the habitat quality of ecoregion reference streams. Seasonal variability, stream size and ecoregion expectations are discussed. Reference data is compared to historic habitat assessments. Guidelines for maintaining protective habitat in each of Tennessee's 25 ecological subregions are provided. The report includes a question and answer section of habitat guidance implementation.

Healthy Well Manual
This 2015 manual provides steps and resources for protecting your well or spring. 

Mercury Air Deposition and Selenium Levels in Tennessee Fish and Surface Water
This document reports the results from a study that was designed to test whether predicted mercury air deposition levels using the REMSAD model was correlated to mercury concentrations in fish tissue and water samples. Selenium concentrations were also analyzed in the fish tissue and water samples.

Mercury Levels in Tennessee Fish
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation compiled tissue data from multiple agencies in order to analyze mercury concentrations in fish from Tennessee's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams. This analysis led to the issuance of new and updated mercury advisories in April, 2007.

Oil and Grease Control Guidance Document
Guidance for municipalities in creating regulations and enforcement plans dealing with oil and grease on a local level.

Permits Database - Division of Water Resources
A searchable database of Division of Water Resources permits. Data can be organized via a number of parameters such as permit number, site name, permit type, city, county, and issuance date, amongst other options. A separate database specifically for groundwater permits (septic) is also available. Permits may also be viewed in an interactive Division of Water Permits Map

Quality Assurance Project Plan for 106 Monitoring in the Division of Water Resources
Volume I

This document describes monitoring, analyses, quality control, and assessment procedures used by the Division of Water Resources to develop TMDLs, 305(b) and 303(d) assessments.

Quality Systems Standard Operating Procedures for Stream Sampling, Surveys, and Monitoring
These document describes procedures for collecting chemical and bacteriological samples of surface waters; for undertakingMacroinvertebrate and Periphyton Stream Surveys; for monitoring wadeable streams (including design and stream characterization,macroinvertebrate and habitatwater chemistry, pathogens, and periphyton); streams below impoundments, and Inner Nashville Basin streams with an emphasis on nutrient and macroinvertebrate relationships.

Regional Characterization of Streams in Tennessee with Emphasis on Diurnal Dissolved Oxygen, Nutrients, Habitat, Geomorphology and Macroinvertebrates
This report describes a 2004 statewide study, which is a continuation of a 2002 study of regional differences in diurnal dissolved oxygen patterns in wadeable streams. Other goals of this study were to characterize streams based on geomorphology, periphyton, and nutrients and describe streams that cross ecoregions in west Tennessee. 

Results of Fish Tissue Monitoring in Tennessee - 1992-1997
Contains a general description of the fish tissue monitoring program and contains the result of contaminate monitoring for a five-year period. 

Surface Water Monitoring and Assessment Program Plan
The Division of Water Resources (DWR) has a comprehensive monitoring program that serves its water quality management needs and addresses all the state's surface waters including streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands. These report details the monitoring program plan, excluding inspection information: FY 2016-2017FY 2015-2016FY 2014-2015.

Tennessee Coalfields Fish Tissue and Water Quality Study (2011-2013)
Report of a study conducted by the Division of Water Resources conducted to evaluate the potential bioaccumulation of metals in native game fish in streams draining Tennessee Coalfields.

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.

Tennessee Ecoregion Project (1994-1999)
This report contains a detailed description of Tennessee's ecoregion delineation and reference stream monitoring project. The ecoregion report describes how subregions were defined and how reference streams were selected. The report includes descriptions of macroinvertebrate, bacteriological, and chemical monitoring as well as habitat assessment. Summaries of all data are provided.

Tennessee's Plan for Nutrient Criteria Development
Describes the approach the Division of Water Resources will use to identify and adopt additional water quality standards for nutrient related parameters.

Underground Injection Well Information
Information about underground injection wells, drinking water, and public safety. 

Water Quality Assessment Map
An interactive map showing the water quality status of waters across the state of Tennessee. Data is derived from 305(b) and 303(d) water quality reports. Both causes and sources of pollution can be uncovered using this map. Additional map layers that can be viewed are water resource related permits, monitoring sites, and Exceptional Tennessee Waters. 

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. 

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.  

TN Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook
This handbook is intended to help those who want to protect our waterways by establishing buffers across our state’s rapidly changing landscape including: Local governments (public works, parks, or stormwater departments); Non-governmental organizations (watershed groups); Community groups (civic groups); and Water-side property owners (homeowners, HOAs). 

Laboratory Services
The Water Center offers unique capabilities through its consulting lab. Water and wastewater lab consulting services include:Industrial wastewater treatment process analysis design; Drinking water and wastewater treatability studies; Wastewater characterization studies; Wastewater treatment unit process evaluation using nonstandard analytical techniques including particle size distribution analysis, solids oxygen demand determination, and long-term biochemical oxygen demand; Aerobic and anaerobic biological wastewater treatment process pilot studies; Coagulation process optimization using zeta potential measurements; Activated carbon absorption studies; Robotic reservoir/stream water quality analysis; and GIS capabilities for field study design.

Clean Vessel Act Program
The Grant Program established by the Act is for the funding of the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pumpout stations, dump stations, and pumpout vessels to service pleasure craft. The grant will reimburse recipients for up to 75% of the installed cost of pumpout and dump stations. This includes the cost of new equipment, or the renovation of existing equipment. The Clean Vessel Act grant funds are available to both the public and private sector. This includes all local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities that are open to the general public. 

Didymo, native to parts of northern North America and Europe, is a type of algae found in cold, nutrient-poor rivers that produces thick mats across the bottom of streams. It has the potential to impact fish populations by smothering suitable habitat and other native organisms that they depend on. In the Cumberland River Basin, didymo has been found in the Obey River. This webpage has more information about the problem and what you can do to mitigate it. 

Habitat Monitoring and Enhancement
TWRA biologists monitor fish habitat changes in reservoirs and work to maintain healthy habitat conditions. TWRA's habitat enhancement projects for reservoirs fall into several categories: shoreline stabilization, aquatic macrophyte establishment, and fish attractor construction. Each of these categories has different objectives, but all are aimed at maintaining current conditions or improving conditions for fish and fishing. 

Monitoring Guideline Worksheets and Requirements
Monitoring guideline worksheets for macroinvertebrates and pathogens as well as minimum monitoring requirements for NPDES MS4 program effectiveness and compliance.

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?

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Public Education
This side provides a list of stormwater educational resources. Resources include: Building Green InfrastructureEducating young people about waterEnviroscape Newsletter and Catalog"Keeping current---Kids and Spray Paint""Polluted"Quiz Your Water SmartsSave Our Streams CatalogStormwater Preventive Maintenance program (Door Hanger); EPA Watershed News
"When it Rains, It Drains : What Everyone Should Know About Stormwater" and more.  

Stormwater BMP Toolkit - Public Involvement
This side provides a list of stormwater public involvement resources. Resources include: EPA Preliminary Data Summary of Urban Storm Water Best Management Practices StudyGeorgia Adopt-A-Stream ResourcesGive Water a HandMinnesota Association of Watershed DistrictsYou Did See a Fish ... (Door Hanger); What is Volunteer Monitoring? and more. 

A Comparative Analysis of Water Quality Monitoring Programs in the Southeast: Lessons for Tennessee
This report provides the results of research conducted by the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center on statewide volunteer monitoring programs. Its intent is to inform Tennessee decision-makers and other stakeholders so they may begin an earnest dialogue on the viability of initiating such a program in Tennessee.

Conservation Practices at Little River Animal and Environmental Unit
This interactive story map show water quality conservation practices implemented on this concentrated animal feeding dairy operation along the Little River in East Tennessee.

Improving Stream Channels, Ditches and Lakeshores With Live Staking

A how-to guide for using cuttings from dormant woody vegetation to revegetate bare stream banks. 

Reducing Soluble Phosphorus Content to Control Algal Growth in Farm Ponds
Water quality in many ponds is poor due to poor management. Sediments and excessive nutrients, especially phosphorus, cause algal growth, low dissolved oxygen levels, fish kills and odors. Herbicide technologies for controlling algae do not treat the problem but rather the symptoms, therefore control with herbicide is often temporary. Addition of alum, a common technology for drinking water treatment, treats the problem.

Smart Yards Program
Tennessee Smart Yards is a University of Tennessee-led program that guides and assists Tennessee residents and neighborhood associations on practices they can apply in their yards and common spaces to create healthier living spaces and communities. Courses aim to help homeowners achieve a landscape that reflects their values, desires and needs, while ensuring the protection of our state's waterways. Water related principles of a smart yard include using water efficiently, using fertilizers appropriately, reducing storm water runoff and its pollutants, and potecting water's edge, amongst others. Check out the Smart Yards yardstick for a check list of mitigation activities associate with smart yard principles. 

Teacher Resources - Backyard STEM for Tennessee 4-H
A webpage with a variety of environmental stewardship related teaching resources organized by soils, water and watersheds, wildlife and ecology, and more. Water and watershed related resources include teacher modules on Nutrient Pollution and Eutrophication, Stormwater Mapping, Sediments and Water Quality, Benthic Macroinvertibrates, Rain Gardens, Soil Water Holding Capacity, and Watershed Mapping. 

Water Quality Best Management Practices Calendar
This calendar provides ideas on how you can improve your operation and practice stewardship.


Clarksville Fire Hydrant Flushing Program
Fire hydrant flushing is a routine maintenance process where hydrants are turned on to allow water to flow for several hours. Flushing is necessary to remove sediment and iron compounds from water mains and to circulate the water to help prevent stagnant water problems from developing.

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. 

Cross Connection Program
The goal of the City of Franklin Water Management Department is to supply safe water to every customer under all foreseeable circumstances. Each instance where water is used improperly so as to create the possibility of backflow due to cross connections threatens the health and safety of customers and chances of realizing this goal. This webpage includes additional information about Cross Connections and includes the City's Cross Connection Control Plan and links to Tennessee Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies and the Tennessee Backflow Prevention Association.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Franklin aims to identify and eliminate illicit discharges to ensure protection of the environment, proper clean-up of materials, and increasing public awareness of ways to protect the environment by preventing harmful discharges and accidental spills. The program includes the starting of field screening, stream inspections, wet weather monitoring, and complaint response. This educational handoutprovides examples of illicit stormwater discharges. 

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.

Water Division Homepage
This page is home to information about Franklin's Water Treatment Plant. It contains links to the City's Water Treatment Plan Upgrades, a map of the City's Water Utility District, annual drinking water quality reports dating back to 2010. 

Water Quality Report
A water quality report for the City of Hopkinsville's drinking water. 

Annual Reports
Annual reports to the State Department of Environment and Conservation on Murfreesboro's stormwater program activities. A 2015 annual report on the City's drinking water quality is available here a 2016 report is available here. 

Best Management Practices for Homeowners
Resources for helping homeowners manage stormwater pollution. Resources include: the Homeowners Guide to Cleaner Water; how to Create a Streamside Buffer25 Ways to Prevent Water WasteHow to Make a Rain GardenHow to Make a Rain BarrelHow to Recycle Used OilOil Recycling LocationsSummertime Tips for Water Quality; a Storm Drain Labeling Fact Sheet and Storm Drain Labeling Request Form; and Grass Clipping Disposal and Fertilizer Usage Information.

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.

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

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). 

Grass Clippings and Fertilizer Use Information
Information for homeowners on responsibly disposing of grass clippings and applying fertilizers. 

Impaired and TMDL Waters in the City of Murfreesboro
A list of impaired and TMDL waters in the City of Murfreesboro from the City's 2014-2015 Stormwater Annual Report. Click here for amap of Murfreesboro showing watersheds, healthy and impaired streams, and the City's urban growth boundary. 

Special Studies
Murfreesboro has made available dye tracing studies and other studies performed by the City. Studies include: Maney, VA Hospital, Bushman, Lufkin SpringsYork, Garrison, Bushman, Black Fox SpringsThree Rivers, Barfield, Tuma SpringsWatersheds, Murfreesboro Urban Growth BoundaryDry Weather E. Coli Spring SamplingProfessional Biological Sampling2015 Murfreesboro Dye Trace Report.

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. 

Stream Monitoring
The Stormwater Department performs several different forms of monitoring and sampling in local streams and in the storm sewer system, as part of the city’s stormwater program required by federal and state regulations and permit. This website has additional information about this program and links visitors to the Bear Branch Watershed Plan with the US Army Corps of Engineers and visual stream assessments for East Fork Stones River WatershedLytle Creek WatershedMiddle Fork Stones RiverOverall Creek WatershedSinking Creek Stream, and Upper West Fork Stones. The site also houses several stream assessment videos shot at Bear Branch Creek, where the City was found trash and sediment and checked the streams pH, conductivity and temperature. 

Stream Monitoring
The Stormwater Department performs several different forms of monitoring and sampling in local streams and in the storm sewer system, as part of the city’s stormwater program required by federal and state regulations and permit. This website has additional information about this program and links visitors to the Bear Branch Watershed Plan with the US Army Corps of Engineers and visual stream assessments for East Fork Stones River WatershedLytle Creek WatershedMiddle Fork Stones RiverOverall Creek WatershedSinking Creek Stream, and Upper West Fork Stones. The site also houses several stream assessment videos shot at Bear Branch Creek, where the City was found trash and sediment and checked the streams pH, conductivity and temperature. 

Scoop the Poop
This webpage offers educational information about the importance of cleaning up after your pet. The site also offers an information flyer you can post round your neighborhood and a notice for your newsletter or blog.

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. 

Water Quality Buffers
New development and significant redevelopment sites are required to preserve water quality buffers along Metro’s community waters, which include streams, rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Additional information about buffers and buffer requirements is available on this webpage. 

Water Quality Reports
Annual drinking water reports for Nashville dating back to 2010. 


Clean Water Enforcement
AMA keeps a close eye on water quality monitoring data from mine sites. 

Abandoned Mines Map
An interactive map of abandoned mines across the Appalachian region. 

Appalachian Water Watch
Through the Appalachian Water Watch program, we work to address water quality issues in coal-impacted communities around Central Appalachia by promoting and ensuring compliance with laws that protect clean water. The Appalachian Water Watch Alerts Site was created to help people in Central Appalachia report and track incidents of water pollution.The Appalachian Citizens Enforcement Project is designed to fill the vacuum left by the lack of state enforcement through empowering communities to monitor their own water, creating a broad perspective into the extent of coal-related contamination across the entire region. The Accountability through the Courts has information about water quality laws and lawsuits in the region. 

Coal Ash Ponds of the Southeast 
An interactive map of coal ash ponds across the southeast. 

Appalachian Voices provides a variety of educational resources including MTR 101Coal Ash Educational Materials, and Fracking.

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

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

Dam Inventory, Removal and Stream Restoration
In Nashville, it may come as a surprise that a complete picture of the location and number of dams does not even exist. Working with area volunteers, we are walking streams and inventorying dams. In so doing, we’re taking the first steps towards the eventual removal of those dams that are outdated and unnecessarily impacting water quality. With your help we can begin to reconnect our waterways! This website includes a Metro Nashville Dam Inventory Map and information highlighting the benefits of dam removal.

Green Products for Marinas and Boat Owners
Green options that will help you maintain your marina or vessel without compromising your water quality. 

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

Water Quality Maps
These educational maps can help you determine the water quality of streams in your neighborhood. Download your watershed map to determine if it is safe to swim and fish in your stream and what you can do to protect local waterways.

About the Watershed
Basic information about the Harpeth River Watershed including natural features, archaeological and historic significance, and water quality challenges. This page includes a map of the Harpeth River Watershed, watershed species information, Harpeth River water quality information, and more. 

Agricultural Best Management Practices
A list of 10 recommended best management practices for agricultural producers. Included are riparian buffers, no till, rotational grazing, cover crops, keeping cattle away from stream banks, getting soil and manure tests to determine proper application levels, ensure pesticide applicators are properly calibrated, 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. 

Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Information about benthic macroinvertebrates and how they serve as indications of water quality. This webpage also links visitors to picture guides of macroinvertebrates. 

Egyptian Lacquer-Liberty Creek Solvent Contamination
HRWA recent sampling at the main seeps of groundwater into Liberty Creek found concentrations of the main hazardous chemical, toluene, at levels that have been found for the last 8 years.  These are well above EPA risk limits to protect public health and the environment.  More information about this issue and HRWA's efforts to address it are available on this website. In addition, the site links visitors to a 2013 report on the contamination.

Headwaters Restoration
This webpage provides an overview of HWRA efforts to restore the headwaters of the Harpeth using 319 grant funding. Efforts have focused on reducing nonpoint source stormwater pollution with exclusion fences, stabilizing feeding areas, and stabilizing streambanks. 

Home and Garden Tips
These tips cover things you can do around the house and in your garden that will affect the health of rivers and streams. Suggestions cover conservation, household contaminants, nonpoint source pollution, oil and gas, environmentally safe products without chlorine and phosphate products and solvents. Links on this page take visitors to a printable River Smart Around the Home Tips Sheet and River Smart Gardening Tips Sheet, a video about where drinking water comes from, non toxic home cleaning products and tips, and information about where to recycle in Nashville. 

Macroinvertebrate Activity Pack
This HRWA macroinvertebrate activity packet assists you in conducting your own macroinvertebrate lesson. On site is a helpful macroinvertebrate key for identifying these animals, as well as a high school level lesson plan. HRWA provides in-person elementary to high school level educational opportunities at various times throughout the year. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 Impairment Fact Sheet
This fact sheet contains information about water quality within the Harpeth River Watershed. It also contains instructions for using TDEC's interactive map portal, so that you can better use that tool to uncover the health of streams across the state.

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 HarpethJones Creek and the South Harpeth

Four Rivers Watershed Watch
Four Rivers Watershed Watch is a group a volunteers that conduct stream quality surveys on streams, rivers, and lakes in the Four Rivers Region of Kentucky. Through the group’s efforts, citizens are provided with the training necessary to monitor stream quality. The data collected by volunteers is used to help develop plans to enhance the streams for fishing, swimming, wildlife habitat and drinking water supply. This page includes a map of the Four Rivers region, as well as a 2016 Training & Sampling Schedule and Four Rivers Watch Brochure.

Kentucky Aquatic Resource Fund (KARF)
KARF provides a way for multiple agencies and partners to contribute funding and other resources to conserve Kentucky’s best places. KWA’s role in the partnership is to act as the financial steward of the fund. The fund exists to ensure that all ill-effects to aquatic species are adequately addressed, and that real conservation and recovery benefits are provided. KARF supports voluntary land preservation agreements and has funds designated to match other grants or programs that support or match our goals. The fund will support much needed research, surveys, and monitoring of waterways and water quality along with stream and stream/riverbank area management. The funds will also support threatened species propagation and introductions throughout the state and promote habitat restoration and enhancement through the Best Management Practices installation.

Information about nutrient pollution and why its a concern. This page links visitors to an EPA video about the issue.

Educational materials about sediment and why it is a water quality concern. This webpage includes a link to an animated film about the matter. 

Surface Coal Mining Impacts
Basic information about the impacts of surface coal mining on water quality, as well as a conductivity related petitionfiled by Earth Justice (and partners including KWA) requesting that the EPA to establish a conductivity water quality standard for waterways in the  Appalachian coal mining region. 

Toxic Algae
Although most blooms of green algae are not harmful, there are some that have the ability to produce toxins – called harmful algae blooms (HABs) or toxic algae.  Remember, you can still boat, fish and recreate in Kentucky’s rivers, lakes, and streams.  Just be aware that HABs exist.  …and WHEN IN DOUBT, STAY OUT! 

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. 

Buck Creek Restoration Project
Information about the Conservancy's conservation efforts on the Pumphrey Tract within the Buck Creek Watershed. TNC has worked to conserve wildlife and protect a nearby cave system while fostering a sustainable, agriculture-based economy in the area. Since acquiring the tract in 2005, TNC has placed a WRP easement on 150 acres, sold 35 to Pulaski County, exchanged 40 acres with a local landowner for an easement on 86 acres, and planted approximately 30,000 native trees and shrubs. The area is home to over 30 species of mussels and 77 species of fish. 

Watershed Approach Handbook: Improving Outcomes and Increasing Benefits Associated with Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Projects
This handbook demonstrates how using a watershed approach can help ensure that selection, design and siting of wetland and stream restoration and protection projects, including projects required by compensatory mitigation projects, also contribute to goals of improved water quality, increased flood mitigation, improved quality and quantity of habitat, and increases in other services and benefits.

Dissolved Oxygen Study
The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance Water Quality Monitoring Program conducted a dissolved oxygen study in the summer of 2011 at McCabe Park in Nashville, TN. The study area was chosen to evaluate if water withdrawal used for irrigation by the golf course was causing poor oxygen conditions in Richland Creek. 

This webpage covers water quality issues Richland Creek is facing. Topics covered include the importance of riparian buffers, flood plains and floodplain development, development generally, nutrients, dams, and the current health status of Richland Creek waterways. 

An explanation of RCWA program work including education and outreach, water quality protection, and Stream Habitat Restoration and Wildlife Protection work. 

Richland Creek related videos, including a video of RCWA's annual Richland Creek clean up and news coverage of anoil tanker spill into Richland Creek.

Creative Partnerships in Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring: A What Works Snapshot
In this short report, River Network presents an overview of the extent to which volunteer monitoring efforts are incorporating partnering into their strategies, and how those partnerships work. 

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.

Living Waters
A Benthic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Manual.

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

Clean Water
SELC seeks to protect the South’s cleanest waters, to rescue the most polluted ones, and to make sure there remains enough water flowing in our rivers and streams to support a healthy and diverse array of aquatic life. Priority Projects are listed on this webpage. 

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. 

Retiring Outdated Coal Burning Plants
SELC works to steer the Southeast away from its heavy reliance on highly polluting coal, participating in utility planning processes and working with state utility commissions to promote the retirements of outdated coal plants. Since 2010, we have helped secured plans or legally binding commitments to retire 30% of the Southeastern coal plant fleet.

Statewide Issues
SOCM fights against social, economic, and environmental injustices. As a member-driven organization, the issues confronting communities in Tennessee have driven our work. We organize around several important issues in our state, including: Clean Water, Health and Environmental Effects of Extractive Processes (Mining, Fracking, etc), Bringing Green Collar Jobs to Tennessee, Solid Waste / Hazardous Waste, and more. 

Know Your Watershed
This document contains information about the Stones River Watershed. It includes a map, as well as information about water quality and the importance of native vegetation. 

Urban Streams
This PDF contains basic information for homeowners including recommendations for water responsible yard care, information about where to recycle oil, oil filters, antifreeze, and hazardous household waste, and more. 

Citizen Action Guide to Watershed Assessment and Restoration (2015)
This 2015 guide provides citizens with steps for putting sound science to work in their watershed. Interested person or organizations can contact TEC at tec@tectn.org if they would like to schedule a training workshop that covers these materials. Contents include the action guide for watershed assessment and restoration itself as well as the following appendices: Appendix 1 – Watershed Science and MappingAppendix 2 – Stream Assessment FinalAppendix 3 – Guide to Restoration Activities FinalAppendix 3.1 Tennessee Cedar RevetmentsAppendix 3.2 – Guidance for Riparian Buffer plantings TDOF 2014Appendix 3.3 Combined Rain Garden Workshop GuideAppendix 4 – Guidance for EducatorsAppendix 5 – Permits and Reporting Environmental Violations (TDEC)Appendix 6 – Watershed Restoration Plan GuidanceAppendix 7 CWA overviewAppendix 8 – Glossary Final.

Watershed Support Center
The Council’s Watershed Support Center takes challenges and turns them into opportunities for Tennessee rivers and streams and waterways and the wildlife and people who enjoy them.  Work includes: Planting trees to reforest the stream banks and planting live stakes to stabilize the soil and help improve water quality; installing rain gardens, rain gardens add beauty to the landscape and reduce flooding by allowing storm water to be absorbed by the plants and infiltrated into the ground; installing revetments (cedar timbers wrapped in coir mat) on to the eroded bank to prevent further deterioration of the stream bank; fish habitat restoration initiatives in the streams. 

Adopt-a-River Program
River adopters are involved in simple observation of watershed activities, monitoring of invertebrates (instream sentinels of possible pollution), trash cleanups, and streambank stabilization projects.  Adopters enjoy their streams when they're clean, and they work with various entities such as TDEC's Division of Water Pollution Control to improve them when needs arise. This page includes more information, as well as Adopt-a-River Q&A and a link for adopting a river near you.

Designated Scenic Rivers
A listing of designated State Scenic Rivers in Tennessee. Rivers in the Basin include Blackburn Fork, the Collins River, the HarpethRoaring River, and Spring Creek. TSRA also provides information for applying for a river or stream to be designated.

River Level Gauges
A list of river level gauges on popular paddling streams.