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Lower Elk River Watershed

(06030004) of the Tennessee River Basin

Lower Elk River Watershed map

The Lower Elk River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and includes parts of Giles, Lawrence, Marshall and Maury counties. It is approximately 964 square miles, 715 square miles in Tennessee, and drains to the Elk River.


Water Quality in the Watershed

Click on the map below to view the water quality assessment for the Lower Elk River Watershed.

Lower Elk River Watershed Mapiewer (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

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Public Participation

Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos

In 2015, TDEC hosted a joint watershed event for the Pickwick Lake, Lower Elk River, Upper Elk River and Wheeler Lake watersheds. This was the 4th event for the Lower Elk River 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 room with hands-on exhibits. This was a great chance for hands on education for all ages.

Some participants in attendance were local citizens, Natural Resources Conservation Service, TN State Parks, TN Department of Agriculture 319 Program, TN Stream Mitigation Program, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Keep Fayetteville Beautiful, City of Winchester, Tims Ford Blueway, Elk Valley Forestry, Tims Ford Council, Motlow College and Lincoln County Soil Conservation District.