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Federal Agencies and National Organizations:
- Center for Watershed Protection (CWP)—CWP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering responsible land and water management through applied research, direct assistance to communities, award-winning training, and access to a network of experienced professionals. As national experts in stormwater and watersheds, the Center for Watershed Protection takes a practical approach to complex, technical watershed management issues by providing collaborative leadership across disciplines and professions with a commitment to protect, restore, and enhance our streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, and bays.
- International Erosion Control Association (IECA)—IECA is the world’s oldest and largest association devoted to helping members solve the problems caused by erosion and its byproduct—sediment.
- Low Impact Development Center—The Low Impact Development Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Low Impact Development technology. Low Impact Development is a comprehensive land planning and engineering design approach with a goal of maintaining and enhancing the pre-development hydrologic regime of urban and developing watersheds.
- National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR)—NIWR's institutes, TNWRRC being one of 54, are uniquely positioned to assist state and federal governments in advancing sustainable management of our water supply.
- Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Water—As the leading Federal agency for assisting in restoring watershed health on private land, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to producers who implement conservation practices and management strategies, including the restoration and protection of wetlands, that benefit water quality and improve water management.
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Environmental Sciences Division (ESD)—ESD is an interdisciplinary research and development organization with more than 60 years of achievement in local, national, and international environmental research. Six areas of study they focus on include: earth & aquatic sciences; ecosystem sciences; environmental data science & systems; renewable energy systems; human health risk & environmental assessment; and energy-water-ecosystem engineering.
- Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Water Quality—The quality of the water in the Tennessee River system affects not only the people who live in the TVA region but also business and industry and the plant and animal life that are part of the river ecosystem. In managing the river system, TVA uses a integrated method that balances water quality with the other demands on the system.
- United States Geological Survey (USGS), Water Resources of the United States—The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects information needed to understand the Nation's water resources, and provides access to water data, publications, and maps, as well as to recent water projects and events.
- Water Quality Information Center (WQIC) provides electronic access to information on water quality and agriculture. The center collects, organizes, and communicates the scientific findings, educational methodologies, and public policy issues related to water quality and agriculture.
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Regional Agencies and Organizations:
- Cumberland Plateau Habitat Conservation Plan—A coalition of state and local governments, organizations, business owners, landowners, and other private citizens who are working together to conserve the forests and waters of the Cumberlands of Tennessee and provide for continued economic growth in the region.
- Southeast Watershed Forum—A nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting communities and organizations to better protect their land and water resources through watershed-friendly growth.
- US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4 Water Protection—EPA’s Water Protection Division in Region 4 works to implement water programs in eight southeastern states, including Tennessee.
State Agencies and Organizations:
- Tennessee American Water Resources Association—The Tennessee Section of the American Water Resources Association strives to promote the advancement of water resources research, planning, and education by providing an annual forum to exchange multidisciplinary ideas about water issues throughout Tennessee and the surrounding region. The Tennessee Section has provided this annual forum since 1988.
- Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC), Division of Water Resources—Provides information about the programs dedicated to protecting and improving Tennessee's Water Quality.
- Tennessee Smart Yards (formerly Tennessee Yards & Neighbors)—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. Nine fundamental principles of sustainability serve as the cornerstone for the program and are being incorporated into an ever-broadening selection of popular and practical workshops taught by UT Extension and water resource professionals. These courses aim to help homeowners achieve a landscape that reflects their values, desires, and needs, while ensuring the protection of our state's waterways.
- Tennessee Stormwater Management Assistance Research and Training (SMART) Center—A partnership of UTK and multiple agency, industry, and community partners meeting the information needs of the entire stormwater management community through assistance, research, and training.
- Tennessee Wildlife & Resources Agency (TWRA)—The TWRA offers a wealth of information and assistance to help you develop and improve wildlife habitat on your property.
- US Army Corps of Engineers (COE), Nashville District—COE serves the region, the Corps, and the Nation by providing collaborative water resource engineering solutions, world class public infrastructure management, and environmental stewardship for the Cumberland-Tennessee River Systems.
- US Geological Survey (USGS) Tennessee Water Science Center—This website is an important source about Tennessee's rivers and streams, ground water, water quality, and many other topics.
- Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee and Water Resources Regional Planning—In 2007, Tennessee suffered a drought of record in many parts of the state. At the same time the state managed through those extreme conditions, there was a desire to be better prepared for this kind of resource scarcity and the stress that growth and development are placing on water resources in some communities. In response to those issues, and in accordance with §69-7-309 of the Tennessee Water Resources Information Act, the department organized a Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee to make recommendations on water resources issues. The 16-member committee provided helpful insight from diverse perspectives with the objective to help refine and improve water management policies or options for the department.
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Stormwater Programs in Tennessee:
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State Trade Organizations:
- American Water Works Association, Kentucky/Tennessee Section—The Kentucky/Tennessee Section AWWA is one of 43 sections of the American Water Works Association, an elite group of professionals who strive to create the best solution based approaches in the supply and protection of drinking water.
- Kentucky/Tennessee Water Environment Association—One of the primary goals of the KY-TN WEA is to serve the community of water environment professionals by increasing awareness of the relationship of water resources to public welfare.
- Tennessee Association of Utility Districts (TAUD)—TAUD’s mission is to provide the highest quality technical, legal, and operational support to assist its members in delivering safe and efficient services in the public interest. Our staff of water, wastewater, and cross connection experts is available to assist you and answer your questions. On-site technical assistance is available at your utility by TAUD staff, specializing in water and wastewater operations.
- Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA)—The mission of the TNSA is to assist local government entities in their efforts to comply with State and Federal clean water laws and stormwater regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; and through such assistance, to protect and improve the quality of the waters of Tennessee. This mission will be accomplished through TNSA members’ exchange of information and knowledge regarding the design, construction, maintenance, administration, and operation of stormwater facilities. The TNSA will promote the dissemination of information in stormwater control measures and the adoption of improved practices in stormwater administration.