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The Land and Water Stewardship Section lessens the impact of land-based activities upon the waters of our state through the funding of voluntary on-the-ground improvements, educational efforts, and programs focused on the agricultural enterprises of Tennessee.

Water is our most precious natural resource.  Tennessee has over 60,000 miles of streams, approximately 536,000 acres of lakes and about 787,000 acres of wetlands.  Clean water promotes public health, agriculture, manufacturing, recreation, and serves as the foundation of a healthy environment.  Through this program, and those of the many partnering agencies throughout the state, Tennesseans can reap the benefits of clean water. For more information, contact John McClurkan, Administrator, at (615) 837-5305 or  You may also contact specific people through our staff directory.

Agency Services

  • The Agricultural Resources Conservation Fund (ARCF) provides cost-share assistance to Tennessee landowners to reduce nonpoint source pollution through use of best management practices.
  • The Nonpoint Source Program (TDA-NPS) manages the federal nonpoint source program funded by Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.
  • The Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Program (CAFO) works in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to reduce  the impact to Tennessee's water resources from farms producing large numbers of livestock and/or poultry.
  • The State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC) promotes, among other things, practices that keep agricultural runoff out of our water bodies.

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