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Buffalo River Watershed (06040004) of the Tennessee River Basin – Group 3 (2005)

Water Quality Management Plan

Buffalo River Watershed Map

The Buffalo River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and includes parts of Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry and Wayne Counties. It drains approximately 763 square miles, and empties to the Lower Duck River Watershed. There are 48 known rare plant and animal species in the Buffalo River Watershed.

Other sites within the Buffalo River Watershed include:

  • Lewis State Forest became a state forest in 1936 and features a demonstration forest road exemplifying the use of Best Management Practices. The primary recreational use of the 1,257-acre forest is hunting. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture manages the forest.
  • Natchez Trace Parkway National Park commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River to salt licks in modern-day Tennessee. Between 1785 and 1820, boatmen floated down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Natchez, MS and New Orleans, LA, and walked back to Nashville on the 444-mile Trace. The National Park Service manages the Parkway.

The Buffalo River Watershed has at least two greenways/trails:

  • City Park Walking Trail in Linden
  • Lady’s Bluff Trail in Perry County
  • Buffalo River Trail in Perry County

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency manages two wildlife management areas in the Buffalo River Watershed.

Table of Contents


Summary - Buffalo River Watershed

Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 (1.43mb) - Description of the Buffalo River Watershed

Chapter 3 (3.1mb) - Water Quality Assessment of the Buffalo River Watershed

Chapter 4 (2.24mb) - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Buffalo River Watershed

Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Buffalo River Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Buffalo River Watershed

Appendices: Appendix I, Appendix II, Appendix III, Appendix IV, Appendix V

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Buffalo River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Pathogens for the Buffalo River in the Buffalo River Watershed. Approved 03/01/2005.