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Watts Bar Watershed

(06010201) of the Tennessee River Basin

Watts Bar Watershed map

The Watts Bar Watershed is located in East Tennessee and includes parts of Bledsoe, Cumberland, Loudon, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe, Rhea and Roane Counties. The Watts Bar/Fort Loudoun Watershed is approximately 1355 square miles. The Watts Bar portion is approximately 684 square miles.


Water Quality in the Watershed:

Click on the map below to view the water quality assessment for the Watts Bar watershed. 

Watts Bar Watershed MapViewer (Full Application-opens in 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 Engagement

Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos
Watershed Event Photos

In 2014 TDEC hosted a joint meeting for the Emory River Watershed and the Watts Bar Lake Watershed. This was the fifth event for the Emory River watershed and the fourth for the Watts Bar Lake 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 pavilion! This was a great chance for hands on education for all ages.

Some partners in attendance: Local citizens, Emory River Watershed Association, the Obed Watershed Community Association, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning, UT Cumberland Habitat Conservation Plan, Tennessee Tech Water Center, City of Crossville, Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, TN Department of Transportation, TN Department of Agriculture Forestry, TN Department of Agriculture 319 Program, TN Stream Mitigation Program, University of TN Extension, & Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.