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Fort Loudoun Lake Watershed

(06010201) of the Tennessee River Basin

Fort Loudoun Lake Watershed map

Located in East Tennessee, the Fort Loudoun Lake Watershed includes parts of Blount, Knox, Loudon and Sevier counties. It is approximately 638 square miles and empties to the Tennessee River. There are 90 rare plant and animal species in the Fort Loudoun Lake Watershed.

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Public Engagement

Watershed Event photos
Watershed Event photos

On October 6, 2015 TDEC hosted a watershed event for the Ft. Loudoun Lake watershed.  This was the fourth event focusing on the Ft. Loudoun Lake 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 watershed.  Interactive displays filled the conference room at the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was a wonderful opportunity for hands on education for all ages.

Some partners in attendance were: TDEC Division of Water Resources, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Knoxville Utility Board, Trout Unlimited, Knox County Stormwater, Little River Watershed Association, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, First Utility District of Knox County, Legacy Parks Foundation, Seven Islands State Park, Ft. Loudoun State Historic Area, University of Tennessee, Tennessee Trails Association, Blount County Stormwater, UT Extension, Conservation Fisheries, US Army Corps of Engineers, Town of Farragut and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Fort Loudoun Lake Water Quality Management Plan (2003)

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

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EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) in the Fort Loudoun Lake Watershed

Fort Loudoun Lake - TMDL for siltation and habitat alteration (01/26/2006)

Little River - TMDL for PCBs (09/17/2009)

Fort Loudoun Lake - TMDL for PCBs (03/03/2010)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - TMDL for pH (09/07/2010)

Fort Loudoun Lake - TMDL for E. Coli (01/12/2017) (Note:  This TMDL supersedes all previous pathogen TMDLs, listed below, for this watershed)