Environment & Conservation

2012 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference Set for Nov. 1 - 2

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 01:26 pm

NASHVILLE - The 2012 Tennessee Farmland Legacy Conference “Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Farms” will be held Nov. 1 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee.

Nov. 1 will be a day of information, networking, questions and answers from professionals in the field of farmland preservation, farm and estate planning, land and community planning, and more. Nov. 2 will be optional tours to a Century Farm in the area.

This conference will benefit farmers, landowners, city and county planning officials, elected leaders, community planners, and others who are inspired to help preserve and protect farmland in our state. General and breakout sessions and panel discussions with well-known speakers and experts on a variety of topics will offer invaluable resources, information and knowledge to Tennessee landowners, farmers, community planners and officials.

Tennessee State Parks Lift Temporary Ban on Backcountry Campfires

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 04:25 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Parks system has lifted a temporary ban on backcountry campfires in state parks, which was put into place June 29, 2012, due to dry weather conditions and the potential for wildfire hazards.  Today’s announcement is consistent with the Department of Agriculture’s recent action to lift some of the county burn bans throughout the state.  For an up-to-date list of the Department of Agriculture’s current county-by-county fire bans, please visit www.burnsafetn.org/

Haslam Announces Household Hazardous Waste Facility Grants

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 01:04 pm

Two-Year Grants Will Help Fund Operations and Maintenance at Tennessee Facilities

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced today $680,000 in grants for the continued operation and maintenance of several permanent household hazardous waste facilities throughout Tennessee. 

Department of Justice/EPA Release: U.S. and Tennessee Announce Clean Water Act Agreement with the City of Chattanooga

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 06:03 pm

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General announced today a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with the city of Chattanooga, Tenn.  Chattanooga has agreed to pay a $476,400 civil penalty and make improvements to its sewer systems, estimated by the city at $250 million, to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage.  Chattanooga also has agreed to implement a green infrastructure plan and perform an $800,000 stream restoration project.   

Warriors’ Path State Park Dedicates Addition to Darrell’s Dream Playground

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 05:52 pm

New Equipment Designed to Promote Interactive Play for Children of All Abilities

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks joined the Friends of Warriors’ Path State Park, the Kingsport Lions Club and members of the community for a tour and ceremony dedicating interactive new playground equipment at the park’s Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground. 

Cumberland Mountain State Park to Hold Anniversary Event July 18

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 03:24 pm

Celebration Will Help Commemorate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Cumberland Mountain State Park will hold a special community event on Wednesday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Media are invited to attend.    

Warriors’ Path State Park Dedicates Addition to Darrell’s Dream Playground July 16

Monday, July 09, 2012 | 04:56 pm

New Equipment Designed to Promote Interactive Play for Children of All Abilities 

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks will join the Friends of Warriors’ Path State Park and the Kingsport Lions Club on Monday, July 16, for a tour and ceremony dedicating newly installed equipment at the park’s Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground. 

TDEC Urges Voluntary Water Conservation Measures

Friday, July 06, 2012 | 02:59 pm

Maintaining Adequate Water Supply is an Issue of Both Supply and Demand

NASHVILLE – As hot, dry conditions continue across the state, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is asking communities to be mindful of their water-usage practices and to adhere to any voluntary or mandatory water conservation requests made by local utility districts.  Private water well users also are encouraged to conserve water and have a plan of action in place as drought conditions persist.