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Hiwassee River Watershed (06020002) of the Tennessee River Basin – Group 2 (2003)

Water Quality Management Plan

Hiwassee River Watershed Map

The Hiwassee River Watershed is located in Middle Tennessee and North Carolina. The Tennessee portion includes parts of Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk counties. The Hiwassee River Watershed drains approximately 2,099 square miles, 1,011 square miles of which are in Tennessee, and empties to Chickamauga Reservoir (Tennessee River). There are 62 rare plant and animal species in the Tennessee portion of the Hiwassee River Watershed.

A portion of the Hiwassee River is designated a State Scenic River. Only the segment in Polk County from U.S. 411 Bridge upstream to the North Carolina-Tennessee state line.

Other sites within the Hiwassee River Watershed include:

  • Hiwassee River State Park includes a stretch of river and offers canoeing, rafting, fishing, hiking and nature photography in a scenic river gorge.
  • Cherokee National Forest, a vast outdoor playground with lakes, rivers, trails, and scenic drives.
  • Red Clay State Historic Park, site of the last Cherokee Council before the infamous Trail of Tears, contains interpretive trails.
  • Gee Creek State Park, located along the Hiwassee River, features hiking trails.

In addition, many local interpretive areas are common, most notably, the historic farming community of Reliance. The Cleveland Downtown Historic Greenway begins in Johnson Park in the heart of Cleveland’s downtown and includes 20 historic sites.

Table of Contents

Glossary

Summary - Hiwassee River Watershed

Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 (1.9 mb) - Description of the Hiwassee River Watershed

Chapter 3 (3.3 mb) - Water Quality Assessment of the Hiwassee River Watershed

Chapter 4 (9.7 mb)- Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Hiwassee River Watershed

Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Hiwassee River Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Hiwassee River Watershed

Appendices: Appendix I, Appendix II, Appendix III, Appendix IV, Appendix V

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Cane Creek - Total Maximum Daily Load for fecal coliform in Cane Creek, Hiwassee River watershed, McMinn County, Tennessee. Approved 05/21/2003.

Hiwassee River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Siltation and Habitat Alteration in the Hiwassee River in Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk Counties. Approved 01/23/2006.

Hiwassee River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Pathogens in the Hiwassee River in Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk and Rhea Counties. Approved 01/23/2006.