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Hiwassee River

(06020002) of the Tennessee River Basin

Hiwassee River Watershed maps

The Hiwassee River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and North Carolina. The Tennessee portion includes parts of Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties. The Hiwassee River Watershed drains approximately 2,099 square miles, 1,011 square miles of which are in Tennessee, and empties to Chickamauga Reservoir (Tennessee River).


Water Quality in the Watershed:

Click on the map below to view the water quality assessment for the Hiwassee River watershed.  

Hiwassee River Watershed MapViewer (Full Application-opens a new window)


Impaired Waters

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Reports are studies that are done for waters that are considered to be impaired.

(TMDL Program)

Search  for  EPA approved TMDLs



Public Participation

Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos

On July 30th, 2015, TDEC hosted a watershed event for the Hiwassee River watershed. This was the fourth event focusing on the Hiwassee River watershed since Tennessee's implementation of the watershed management approach. This event brought together many different agencies, groups, schools and citizens who live work and play in the watershed. It was a great opportunity for hands on learning for all ages.

Some partners in attendance were: TDEC Division of Water Resources, Keep McMinn Beautiful, Tennessee Department of Transportion, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Valley Authority, City of Athens, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Ocoee Utility District, City of Cleveland, National Park Service, Cherokee National Park, Daily Post-Athenian, Cleveland Utilities, Southeast Tennessee RC&D, Athens Utility Board, Atwell LLC, Etowah Utilities ,the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.