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Tennessee Western Valley (Kentucky Lake) Watershed (06040005) of the Tennessee River Basin – Group 3 (2005)

Water Quality Management Plan

TWV Kentucky Lake WS Map

The Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed is located in Tennessee and Kentucky. The Tennessee portion of the watershed (80.7% of the watershed) includes parts of Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Dickson, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, and Stewart counties. It drains approximately 1,809 square miles, 1,460 square miles of which are in Tennessee, and empties to the Ohio River in Kentucky. There are 48 known rare plant and animal species in the Tennessee portion of the Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed.

Other sites within the Tennessee Western Valley (Kentucky Lake) Watershed include:

  • Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area was established in the early 1960’s. The 170,000-acre property lies between Kentucky Lake on the west and Lake Barkley on the east. The site is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Learn more at http://www.lbl.org/.
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park was named in honor of the greatest military tacticians and leaders of the confederate army. The park was dedicated in 1924 on land acquired, in part, from Benton County. Learn more at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/nathan-bedford-forrest.
  • Paris Landing State Park is named for a steamboat and freight landing on the Tennessee River that was active in the early 1800’s. The 841-acre park is on the western shore of Kentucky Lake. Learn more at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/paris-landing.
  • Johnsonville State Historic Area is named for Military Governor (and later President) Andrew Johnson. The 600-acre park is located on the eastern shore of Kentucky Lake. Learn more at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/johnsonville.
  • Tennessee NWR-Duck River and Big Sandy Units, established in 1945, is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an important resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl as well as migratory birds and resident wildlife.
  • Natchez Trace State Park and Forest was named for the famous Nashville to Natchez Highway, an important wilderness road of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Learn more at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/natchez-trace.

Table of Contents

Glossary

Summary - Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed

Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 (1.45 mb) - Description of the Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed

Chapter 3 (3.83 mb) - Water Quality Assessment of the Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed

Chapter 4 (4.69 mb) - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed

Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed

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

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Kentucky Lake - Total Maximum Daily Load for Pathogens in the Kentucky Lake Watershed. Approved 02/05/2005.