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Watts Bar Watershed (06010201) of the Tennessee River Basin – Group 1 (2002)

Water Quality Management Plan

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.

The Watts Bar Watershed has two Designated State Natural Areas:

There are 126 documented rare plant and animal species in the Watts Bar Watershed.

Other sites within the Watts Bar Watershed include:

  • Mt. Roosevelt State Forest, a breathtaking view of the valley, Watts Bar Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains

In addition, many local interpretive areas are common, most notably:

  • Piney River Trail, a natural wilderness area with waterfalls, forests, unique rock formations, deep gorges and trails for hiking.
  • Twin Rocks Nature Trail, 2.5 miles leading to an overlook of Soak Creek and Piney River Gorges.
  • Hornsby Hollow Recreation Area, located on Watts Bar Lake, offers sport fishing, rustic camping, family watersports and hiking trails.
  • Rockwood Beach, location of several fishing tournaments, swimming and water sports.

Table of Contents

Glossary

Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 - Description of the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 3 - Water Quality Assessment of the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 4 - (1.03mb) Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Watts Bar Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Watts Bar Watershed

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

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Watts Bar River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Pathogens in the Watts Bar River Watershed in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Rhea, and Roane Counties. Approved 10/17/2005.

Watts Bar River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Siltation and Habitat Alteration in the Watts Bar Lake Watershed in Bledsoe, Cumberland, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Rhea and Roane Counties. Approved 04/19/2007.

Watts Bar Reservoir - Total Maximum Daily Load for PCBs in Watts Bar Reservoir in the Watts Bar Watershed in Loudon, Meigs, Morgan, Rhea and Roane Counties. Approved 03/18/2010.