Stones River Watershed

(05130203) of the Cumberland River Basin

The Stones River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and includes parts of Cannon, Davidson, Rutherford and Wilson Counties. The Stones River Watershed is approximately 921 square miles and drains to the Cumberland River.

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Public Engagement


On October 20, 2014, TDEC hosted a watershed event for the Stones River Watershed. This was the fourth event focusing on the Stones River watershed since we started implementing the watershed management approach in 1996. This meeting brought together many different agencies, groups, schools and citizens who live, work and play in this watershed. Displays filled the dining hall at the Patterson Park Community Center in Murfreesboro and offered a great chance for hands on education for all ages.

Some partners in attendance: TDEC Division of Water Resources, Stones River Watershed Association, Cumberland River Compact, Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation, Friends of the Greenway, Discovery Center, Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU Stormwater Program, Motlow State Community College, Rutherford County, Stones River National Battlefield, Metro Nashville, City of Murfreesboro, City of Lebanon, City of Mt. Juliet, Wilson County, The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, UT Extension, US Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Agriculture-319 Program, Tennessee State Parks, Water City USA

Stones River Water Quality Management Plan (2003)

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

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

Stones River - TMDL for siltation and habitat alteration (Approved 10/31/2002)

Stones River - TMDL for low dissolved oxygen and nutrients (Approved 05/16/2008)

Stones River - TMDL for E. coli (Approved 06/19/2012)