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Municipal Storm Water

Rain water falling on industries, urban areas and construction activities can become contaminated with many different types of pollutants. These untreated waters can carry pollutants into surface waters. TDEC Water Pollution Control implements the EPA Phase I and Phase II regulations to address storm water runoff in Tennessee.

Rain water falling on industries, urban areas and construction activities can become contaminated with many different types of pollutants. These untreated waters can carry pollutants into surface waters. TDEC Water Resources implements the EPA Phase I and Phase II regulations to address storm water runoff in Tennessee.

Tennessee's TMDL Program

Clean Water Act Section 303(d) establishes the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program. The purpose of the TMDL program is to identify remaining sources of pollution and allocate pollution control needs in places where water quality goals are still not being achieved.

Watershed Management

The Division of Water Resources has the responsibility to secure, protect, and preserve the right of Tennessee's citizens to unpolluted waters. In the past, this has meant that the Division focused on controlling the quality of wastewater that was discharged by municipalities and industries. The Watershed Approach is based on the concept that Tennessee's waters are best assessed and water quality problems best addressed at the watershed level.

Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Training and Certification Program

One of the main program responsibilities of the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center is the transfer of information through professional training and education. A major part of this program is the training of individuals involved in land disturbing activities. Sediment is a major contributor to the pollution of streams in Tennessee and construction activities are a major source of sediment and stream siltation.

Water Quality Complaints for Logging Activities in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry investigates complaints about water pollution caused by timber harvesting. Complaints can be registered at any Division of Forestry office or at any TDEC Environmental Field Office.

  • Click here to access the electronic TDEC Water Quality Complaint Form for Logging Activities in Tennessee (CN-1274).

Mining Program

Administers the Water Quality Control Act for mining operations; and the Tennessee Mineral Surface Mining Act of 1972 for minerals covered under that law.