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Watauga River Watershed

(06010103) of the Tennessee River Basin

(06010103) of the Tennessee River Basin map

The Watauga River watershed has area in Tennessee and North Carolina. The entire watershed drains approximately 816 square miles, 614 of which are in Tennessee and drains into the Boone Reservoir. The watershed is located in East Tennessee and includes parts of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington Counties.


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Public Engagement

Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos

On November 13, 2014, TDEC hosted a watershed event for the Watauga River Watershed. This was the fourth event focusing on the Watauga 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 room at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park in Elizabethton and offered a great chance for hands on education for all ages.Some partners in attendance: TDEC Division of Water Resources, Boone Watershed Partnership, Trout Unlimited Overmountain Chapter, Roan Mountain State Park, Friends of Roan Mountain, Johnson City Stormwater Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Valley Authority, US Army Corps of Engineers, Tennessee Department of Transportation Beautification Office, Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance, Crystal Stream Technologies, Washington County Soil Conservation District, Brushy Fork Environmental Consultant, Mattern & Craig and Tennessee Department of Agriculture-319 Program.

Watauga River Water Quality Management Plan (2002)

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

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