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Public Education


Program Overview

The Water Quality Program works with various institutions (school-age groups, colleges and universities, neighborhood groups, civic organizations, non-profit/profit organizations and church groups) to educate the public on critical water quality management issues.

 RainSmart rain garden workshop

Two pics of volunteers planting in vertical arrangement


Moccasin Bend Waste Water Treatment Plant demonstration with Enviroscape educational model



Recent Events

Chattanooga's first Low Impact Design (LID)/ Green Infrastructure design competition challenged design teams to demonstrate efficient, sustainable, cost-effective approaches to stormwater management and beautification of city infrastructure. The collaborative effort included participation and input from Chattanooga's Public Works Department (Engineering and Water Quality) and Chattanooga-Hamilton County RPA, and was funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation through a contract with Green Spaces

More info on Low Impact Development Chattanooga

Chattanooga's Brainerd Airport SEP (Supplemental Environmental Project) is a recent green infrastructure project for the Brainerd community. While separately administered and funded, this project is intended to work in conjunction with the creation of city-wide Standards for Runoff Reduction, this pilot project will demonstrate the effectiveness of the program.

More info on Brainerd Airport SEP 


 green infrastructure


H2O Jo Takes a Ride Through the Stormdrain 

H20Jo(courtesy of Boulder Channel 8 and the City of Boulder, CO Watershed Program) 


Get To Know Your Watershed

The City of Chattanooga consists of 8 unique watersheds:

The CSO is considered a drainage area rather than a watershed.  

Click here to see photos from recent clean-up efforts on Citico Creek

Click on the map below to make it larger, and on the links above for detailed information about each watershed.

Watershed Map


Lower Tennessee River Watershed Academy

The Water Quality Program is in the process of developing an online, interactive tool to help educate contractors, teachers and other community leaders by means of audience- specific information to promote awareness of issues associated with water quality management within the Lower Tennessee River Watershed. The site is currently under construction, as the project is continually evolving.


Notice Of Special Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to T.C.A. paragraph 8-44-101d, et seq., as amended that the meetings of the STORM WATER REGULATIONS BOARD OF THE CITY OF CHATTANOOGA will be held quarterly.  Board meetings may be cancelled if no items have been submitted to the Water Quality Manager at least two (2) weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting.  Call in advance to confirm if a particular meeting is scheduled.  Meetings begin at 3:00 p.m. in  conference room 1-A, located on the first floor, of the Development Resource Center, 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

All interested persons are invited to attend and express their views.  For additional information, contact Mounir Y. Minkara, Water Quality Manager, Department of Public Works, 1250 Market Street, Second Floor, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402.  Telephone (423) 643-5877.


Public Reporting

The pubilc information service "311" serves as both a source of information (from curbside recycling and brush collection schedules to questions regarding traffic and parking citations and even community events) and a tool for reporting concerns (from illegal dumping to flooding). Response times associated with requests & complaints received through this system vary, but are usually no longer than 72 hours for the Water Quality Program.

"311" is available to citizens during regular business hours via phone (by dialing 3-1-1), and 24/7 via the City's website.

For more information about Water Quality Program Outreach and Education contact Kimberly Strong, Water Quality Public Information Specialist @ 423-643-6187

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To preserve and enhance the quality of the physical environment and infrastructure through prompt, cost effective and courteous delivery of services which protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens.

Justin Holland, Administrator
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga TN 37402 (map)
(423) 643-6311



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