Water Quality Fact Sheets

Water quality is a complex topic with myriad issues regarding pollution, restoration, protection, beautification, and more.

TCWN wants to simplify this a bit.

The following is a collection of Water Quality Fact Sheets. Just 1-3 pages of the facts, easy-to-read, plain and simple, fully explained. It is our hope to share these with you, with legislators, and with watershed protection groups across Tennessee that have a similar mission to TCWN's:  to identify, prevent, and remedy water pollution statewide. 

These are open-source documents. Feel free to rebrand or share with your members or neighbors.


Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) - or factory farms - are industrial operations that raise a large quantity of livestock in a confined space. Most people hear about CAFOs in relation to animal welfare issues, but these operations pose a constant and dangerous problem for water quality wherever they are.

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The Clean Water Act does not regulate agricultural runoff, which causes harmful algal blooms, among other problems. The law does, however, provide a mechanism to help states fund projects that reduce nonpoint source pollution. 

The Challenge, Vision, and Leadership that Launched EPA 50 Years Ago, by Paul Davis, P.E.

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