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:


October 2, 2018 - Station Camp Elementary School Career Day Exploring careers in Engineering and Science with the City of Gallatin with K-2nd graders

September 26, 2018 - Vena Stuart Creek Critter Program Cumberland River Compact brings this traveling program to schools in the Cumberland River Basin. We are so fortunate to have them come to our elementary schools in Gallatin! 

The Creek Critters program involves interactive lessons and demonstration to teach kids about water resources and aquatic ecosystems. As part of this, kids are given the opportunity to see real aquatic organisms collected from a local creek!

September 18, 2018 - Union STEM Elementary Creek Critter Program. Cumberland River Compact brings this educational  program to schools in the Cumberland River Basin. We are so fortunate to have them come to our elementary schools in Gallatin! 

The Creek Critters program involves interactive lessons and demonstration to teach kids about water resources and aquatic ecosystems. As part of this, kids are given the opportunity to see real aquatic organisms collected from a local creek!

August 18, 2018 - 6th Annual Urban Runoff 5K and Water Quality Festival, Cornelia Fort Airpark, Nashville, TN

June 21, 2018 - Shalom Zone Summer Camp.

April 21, 2018 Green Wave Neighborhood Clean-Up

Gallatin Beautification Committee organizes a cleanup event every fall and spring. We had 72 volunteers and picked up 640 Lbs of trash.

April 7, 2018 - Station Camp Greenway Cleanup - Cumberland River Compact, City of Gallatin and Sumner County teamed up for a Creek and Greenway Cleanup! We had 72 volunteers come out on a cold and wet Saturday morning and we picked up 640 Lbs of trash!

March 8 & 9, 2018 - Union STEM Elementary School Rain Garden in honor of Mr. David Collins. University of Tennessee, Sumner COunty Extension Office, Obed Watershed Association and City of Gallatin designed and built a rain garden and taught Union School Children about the benefits of rain gardens for water quality.

November 2, 2017 - Union STEM Elementary Engineering Day

Fall 2017 Union Elementary Engineering Day

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