The Division of Water Resources
has compiled the list of waters in this data viewer based on the
characteristics of “Exceptional Tennessee Waters” and “Outstanding National
Resource Waters” as set forth in the regulation by the Tennessee Board of Water
Quality, Oil and Gas. (Rule
In general, these are waterbodies
with exceptional biological diversity, protected species, important ecological
values, valuable recreational uses, and/or outstanding scenery. Wherever
possible, the Division has utilized objective measures to apply these
characteristics and the basis for each listing is provided.
When viewing this
data, the following factors should be considered:
<![endif]>The list will be updated regularly and does not
include waterbodies that the division has not evaluated. However, the fact that
a waterbody does not appear on this list by name does not preclude the
possibility that it may be high quality.
<![endif]>In some cases, only a portion of a waterbody is
considered high quality. The details on the extent of each listing is provided.
<![endif]>This compilation of waterbodies is based on the
most recent information obtained by the division and may be reconsidered upon
submittal of further information.
<![endif]>The list is organized in hydrological order.
Reviewers should be aware that many waterbodies share the same name.
It is our hope that this compilation will
provide a valuable planning tool for both the public and the regulated
Questions? Please contact Debbie Arnwine
at (615) 532-0703 or Debbie.Arnwine@tn.gov