Caney Fork River Watershed

(05130108) of the Cumberland River Basin

The Caney Fork River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and includes parts of Bledsoe, Cannon, Cumberland, DeKalb, Putnam, Sequatchie, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White and Wilson Counties. The watershed is approximately 1,771 square miles and drains to the Cumberland River.

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Public Engagement

On October 12, 2015, TDEC hosted a watershed event for the Caney Fork River Watershed. This was the fifth event focusing on the Caney Fork River watershed since Tennessee's implementation of the watershed management approach in 1996. This event brought together many different agencies, groups, schools and citizens who live, work and play in the the watershed. Interactive displays filled the Cherry Hill Community Center in Silver Point, Tennessee. This event offered a wonderful opportunity for hands on education for all ages.

Some partners in attendance were: TDEC Division of Water Resources, Edgar Evins State Park, Friends of Edgar Evins State Park, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Upper Cumberland Development District, Tennessee Tech, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Rock Island State Park, US Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, City of Smithville, Short Mountain Distillery, Dekalb County and the Nature Conservancy.

Caney Fork River Water Quality Management Plan (2003)

  • Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality
  • Chapter 2 - Description of the Caney Fork River Watershed
  • Chapter 3 - Water Quality Assessment of the Caney Fork River Watershed
  • Chapter 4 - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Caney Fork River Watershed
  • Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Caney Fork River Watershed
  • Chapter 6 - Future Plans

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EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) in the Caney Fork River Watershed

Caney Fork River - TMDL for siltation and habitat alteration (08/03/2005)

Caney Fork River - TMDL for pH and metals (06/18/2009)

Caney Fork River - TMDL for E. Coli (01/12/2017) (Note: This TMDL supersedes the previous TMDL, listed below)