Agriculture contributes to 44% of the pollution in impaired streams across our state. There are about 67,000 farms in Tennessee covering approximately ten million acres - just over 40% of the state.
TCWN works with the state and farms to protect our streams and wetlands. We support farmers seeking to protect their land from encroaching development, erosion from heavy use, and excessive nutrient or toxic pesticide use, all of which threaten crops and livestock water supplies.
We also work to ensure agricultural practices are not harming our waterways. Runoff from over fertilization or poor waste management can get into our streams resulting in high nutrient loads and low dissolved oxygen as well as pathogen problems. Poor land management can contribute to destabilization of streambanks and channelized streams.
Responsible farming practices and sustainable land management benefit everyone.