Tennessee Stormwater Management

Tennessee Stormwater Management

Tennessee Stormwater Training

Over the past 30 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) have realized the great impact stormwater runoff can have on our streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Stormwater discharges from construction activities and developed areas can carry numerous pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, bacteria, oil and grease, trash, pesticides and metals. Unlike sanitary and industrial wastewater, stormwater is not treated prior to entering receiving waters.

Federal, state and local governments have passed regulations to address stormwater runoff pollution. The primary methods to manage stormwater runoff are with the use of Erosion Prevention and Sediment Controls (EPSCs) for construction activities, and permanent Stormwater Control Measures (SCMs) for developed areas. The proper design, construction, inspection and maintenance of these EPSCs and SCMs are critical steps towards improving and protecting water quality. Stormwater management educational resources and training for design professionals, contractors, and state and local officials are equally necessary.

In an effort to meet this need, TDEC has partnered with The University of Tennessee to establish the Tennessee Stormwater Management Training program. The program offers multiple educational resources and training opportunities, including the preparation and implementation of stormwater pollution prevention plans for construction activities (TNEPSC Level 1 & Level 2), and the design and management of stormwater runoff from developed areas (SCM Design & Inspection and Maintenance).

 To learn more about the Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (TNEPSC) Training Program for Construction Activities visit tnepsc.org.

• To learn more about the NEW Permanent Stormwater Management Training Program please visit tnpermanentstormwater.org.

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2016 Green Infrastructure Summit – April 6 in Raleigh, NC. A one-day event with experts from Europe and North America presenting on a variety of topics that holistically examine the benefits of stormwater control measurew (aka BMPs).

Call for Presentations – Third Annual EPA Region 4 and SEIECA Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, May 16-18, 2016 in Nashville, TN. Deadline for abstracts is March 31, 2016.

Free! Tennessee Urban Riparian Buffer Handbook, a Practical Guide to Establishing Streamside Buffers – A step by step guide on planning; organizing and conducting volunteer based riparian buffer tree planting projects, as well as handouts that can be helpful in engaging the public as volunteers and in securing landowners permission to allow riparian buffer plantings.

As of July 1, 2015, an updated version of the Tennessee Runoff Reduction Assessment Tool has been made available. You can download the newest version of the tool, as well as see a detailed list of all the changes that have been made at http://tnpermanentstormwater.org/TNRRAT.asp.

Read the Jan/Feb 2016 issue, of the Tennessee Stormwater Association's TNSA Times – a monthly newsletter containing relevant and timely stormwater information and resources, including local success stories.

Tennessee Erosion Prevention

Tennessee Erosion Prevention