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Watts Bar Watershed (06010201) of the Tennessee River Basin – Group 1 (2002)

In 2014 TDEC hosted a joint meeting for the Emory River Watershed and the Watts Bar Lake Watershed. This was the fifth event for the Emory River watershed and the fourth for the Watts Bar Lake 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 pavilion! This was a great chance for hands on education for all ages.

Some partners in attendance: Local citizens, Emory River Watershed Association, the Obed Watershed Community Association, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, UT Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan, Tennessee Tech Water Center, City of Crossville, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, TN Department of Transportation, TN Department of Agriculture Forestry, TN Department of Agriculture 319 Program, TN Stream Mitigation Program, University of TN Extension, & Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Water Quality Management Plan

Watts Bar Watershed Map

The Watts Bar Watershed is located in East Tennessee and includes parts of Bledsoe, Cumberland, Loudon, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea and Roane Counties. The Watts Bar/Fort Loudoun Watershed is approximately 1355 square miles. The Watts Bar portion is approximately 684 square miles.

The Watts Bar Watershed has two Designated State Natural Areas:

There are 126 documented rare plant and animal species in the Watts Bar Watershed.

Other sites within the Watts Bar Watershed include:

  • Mt. Roosevelt State Forest, a breathtaking view of the valley, Watts Bar Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains

In addition, many local interpretive areas are common, most notably:

  • Piney River Trail, a natural wilderness area with waterfalls, forests, unique rock formations, deep gorges and trails for hiking.
  • Twin Rocks Nature Trail, 2.5 miles leading to an overlook of Soak Creek and Piney River Gorges.
  • Hornsby Hollow Recreation Area, located on Watts Bar Lake, offers sport fishing, rustic camping, family watersports and hiking trails.
  • Rockwood Beach, location of several fishing tournaments, swimming and water sports.

Table of Contents

Glossary

Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 - Description of the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 3 - Water Quality Assessment of the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 4 - (1.03mb) Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Watts Bar Watershed

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

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Watts Bar River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Pathogens in the Watts Bar River Watershed in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Rhea, and Roane Counties. Approved 10/17/2005.

Watts Bar River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Siltation and Habitat Alteration in the Watts Bar Lake Watershed in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Rhea and Roane Counties. Approved 04/19/2007.

Watts Bar Reservoir - Total Maximum Daily Load for PCBs in Watts Bar Reservoir in the Watts Bar Watershed in Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, Rhea and Roane Counties. Approved 03/18/2010.