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Ocoee River Watershed (0602003) of the Tennessee River Basin – Group 1 (2002)

In 2014 TDEC hosted a joint meeting for the Conasauga River Watershed and the Ocoee River Watershed. This was the first event for the Conasauga River watershed and the fourth for the Ocoee River Watershed since the implementation of the watershed management approach in 1996. This event brought together many different agencies, groups and citizens and successfully engaged the public by sharing information about the people who live in the watershed and the activities and projects that are in place or are being planned. Agencies and groups had the chance to seek opportunities to collaborate efforts and citizens had a chance to learn about their watershed and about water quality issues. Displays filled the room and even the outside of the building too! This was a great chance for hands on education for all ages.

(Some partners in attendance: Local citizens, Tennessee Aquarium, Southeast TN Resource Conservation & Development Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Forest Service, TN State Parks, US Army Corps of Engineers, TN Department of Transportation Beautification Office, TN Department of Agriculture Forestry, TN Department of Agriculture 319 Program, TN Stream Mitigation Program, Tennessee Valley Authority, University of TN Extension, UT Smart Yards, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Conasauga River Alliance, TDEC Division of Remediation, Polk County Soil & Conservation District)

Water Quality Management Plan

Ocoee River Watershed Map

The Tennessee portion of the Ocoee River Watershed is wholly contained within Polk County in East Tennessee. The Ocoee River Watershed is approximately 665 square miles (207 of which are in Tennessee) and drains to the Hiwassee River.

The Ocoee River Watershed has one Designated Natural Area. The Davenport Refuge Designated State Natural Area is 120 acres and includes a globally rare southern Appalachian bog community.

Covering 630,000 acres (120 square miles in the Tennessee portion of the Ocoee River Watershed), the Cherokee National Forest is the largest tract of public land in the state. It is managed for multiple uses by the U.S. Department of Agriculture‚ÄĒForest Service.

There are 36 documented rare plant and animal species in the Ocoee River Watershed.
Other sites within the Ocoee River Watershed include:

  • Old Copper Road Historic Trail, which is designated as a historic site on the National Register of Historic Places, is a road built in 1878 for the transportation of copper ore.
  • The Burra Burra Mine site consists of 10 buildings located on 17 acres and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings on the site include the mine office, shop building, change house, hoist house, and powder house. The museum interprets the basin's history through audio-visual and artifact exhibits and examples of the kinds of equipment used in the mines. The history of the Cherokee Nation, including its removal from the basin, is also presented.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 - Description of the Ocoee River Watershed

Chapter 3 - Water Quality Assessment of the Ocoee River Watershed

Chapter 4 - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Ocoee River Watershed

Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Ocoee River Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Ocoee River Watershed

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

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Ocoee River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Pathogens in the Ocoee River Watershed in Polk County. Approved 10/17/2005.