River-Friendly Agriculture

River-Friendly Landscapes for Tennessee

Best practices, funding sources, and contacts for landowners to help protect our state’s precious water

We all depend on our natural waters for commerce, industry, domestic, and recreational use, but what we do on the land can affect our rivers and streams.  Whether it is paving over land to build a parking lot, plowing fields or planting a lawn, when it rains or snows, soil and pollutants can “run-off” into our waterways. In the city, the pollutants can be oil, chemicals and gasoline from parking lots and roads or fertilizers and pesticides in the suburbs and in the country. Our rivers and streams support our lives and our livelihoods so it makes both economic and environmental sense to do our best to keep pollutants from running off the land and into the water.

We designed this guide to help rural landowners better understand what they can do on their own property to make it more river-friendly and in some cases, how to find help paying for it.  There are many funding options available to help you. Whether you want to make a small change or a complete overhaul, there are people and organizations who can help you reduce your impact.  And don’t forget that environmental and economical aren’t always opposites – many sustainable practices can save you money in the long term.  It is possible to go green and save money at the same time!

Read more about river-friendly management practices in Tennessee now to find out the answers to these questions:

What are BMP’s?

How Can I Pay For BMPs?     

Are There Certifications for River Friendly Farms?     

Who do I contact to learn more or get expert advice?

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