Public Education & Outreach 

Public Education and Outreach is one of the six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) required of the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.  The goal of the Public Education and Outreach MCM is to build greater support for the stormwater management program (SWMP), increase compliance, and ultimately increase environmental awareness amongst all members of our community.

The City manages a comprehensive stormwater program to address stormwater pollution to help us ensure we have clean water today and for generations to come.

Why is clean water in Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River good for the City of Gallatin?
  • It is our Drinking Water Source
  • It provides countless Recreational opportunities – kayaking, swimming, boating
  • It provides world class fishing & hunting
  • It brings tourism $
  • It provides water for industry 
  • It provides transportation routes for commerce
  • It attracts new homeowners
  • It provides for wildlife

What is Stormwater? 


Precipitation or melted snow that flows over the land...
Sw on roof

…plus anything that is carried with it.
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Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground. The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. To protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, use stormwater controls, known as best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs filter out pollutants and/or prevent pollution by controlling it at its source.

Population growth and the development of urban/urbanized areas are major contributors to the amount of pollutants in the runoff as well as the volume and rate of runoff from impervious surfaces. Together, they can cause changes in hydrology and water quality that result in habitat modification and loss, increased flooding, decreased aquatic biological diversity, and increased sedimentation and erosion. The benefits of effective stormwater runoff management can include:

  • protection of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems,
  • improved quality of receiving waterbodies,
  • conservation of water resources,
  • protection of public health, and
  • flood control

Public Outreach & Education Events



The City of Gallatin’s Stormwater Program participates in many different public education and outreach events in the City and throughout the Middle Tennessee Region. We want to spread the message on the importance of clean water to our community! 

Past Events:


August 26, 2017 - Nashville Urban Runoff 5K & Water Quality Festival - Shelby Park, Nashville

Urban Runoff 5k Participants

July 21, 2017 - WaterFest Moss-Wright Park, Hendersonville, TN

May 6, 2017 - Clearview Neighborhood Clean Up

 May 4, 2017 - Career Day -Vena Stuart Elementary School

March 4, 2017 - Arbor Day Tree Planting

October 22, 2016 - Lock 4 and Woods Ferry Clean Up along Old Hickory Lake