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Information for the General Public - Get Involved!


Interested in helping to improve water quality in Knox County? Knox County Stormwater organizes, conducts and participates in a host of outreach opportunities for our community.

Click here to learn more about Knox County Strong Streams programs

Do you have a detention pond or other water quality facility on your property? Check out our Citizen’s Handbook for Stormwater Best Management Practices. This guide will help you understand some of the most common water quality facilities.

A Citizen's Handbook for Maintaining BMPs

If you are interested in viewing our Public Information & Education Plan, please contact

Did you purchase a home or business that was built after 2006?  You may have a Maintenance Agreement and associated O&M Plan for any water quality facilities on your property.  Check out this page to find out more!

Operations & Maintenance Plan

Hey parents & kids! Check out these cool games and coloring pages to learn more about watersheds, water pollution and the things that you and your family can do to help improve water quality in East Tennessee!

Kids Page


Knox County offers a host of opportunities and resources for neighborhoods. Click here for more information on Drainage Consultations, Speakers for your next function, and ways that your neighborhood can participate in community improvement programs and projects.

In The World Of Stormwater….

We encourage homeowners, businesses, developers and anyone who is affected by

Stormwater (that is all of us!) to either Infiltrate & Evapotranspire OR Harvest & Re-Use their stormwater in order to reduce flooding and improve water quality in our community. 

Infiltrate & Evapotranspire with Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are an aesthetically pleasing, functional way to improve drainage on your property. Rain gardens slow down stormwater while filtering out pollutants.  The video below was developed by Powell Middle School students in 2012 to educate the public about rain gardens. Learn more about Rain Gardens

Harvest & Reuse with Rain Barrels and Cisterns

Cisterns and rain barrels are an age-old method for collecting and reusing FREE water from the sky. Cisterns & rain barrels can help alleviate minor drainage issues, reduce the amount of potentially polluted stormwater runoff into our creeks and local water bodies, and save you money on outdoor water usage. Learn more about Rain Barrels

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205 West Baxter Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-5540
Fax: 865-215-5831

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