The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) 305(b) report documents the general quality of surface waters in Tennessee. It contains information about streams, lakes, and wetlands, and identifies streams that are currently posted due to fish contamination and/or elevated bacteria levels.
Streams and lakes in Tennessee are ranked based on five use support categories, for seven designated uses. The designated uses are:
The five use support categories are:
The current 305(b) report may be found online at:
TDEC's Division of Water Supply has a groundwater quality report which can be found at http://www.state.tn.us/environment/dws
TDEC's Division of Water Pollution Control has a proposed list of impaired Tennessee waters, the 303(d) list, which may be found on their website at http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/publications
TDEC's Division of Groundwater Protection can be found at http://www.state.tn.us/environment/gwp
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water has numerous water resources of all kinds and can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ow
University of Memphis ArcMap Viewer:
This Arcmap viewer is hosted by the Ground Water Institute ( http://gwi.memphis.edu), and organization within the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis.
You can use this viewer to both identify streams in your watershed and see if they have been assessed for water quality. To learn how to access stream information from the viewer, clicking here will take you to a Word document that explains the process step by step. Select File, Print to print out the document.
To Access the Ground Water Institute's ArcMap Viewer, Click Here.