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Introduction to Exceptional Waters and ORNWs in Tennessee
The Known High Quality (Tier 2) Streams in Tennessee

The Known Exceptional Tennessee Waters and Outstanding National Resource Waters

 

Tennessee water quality standards require the incorporation of the antidegradation policy into regulatory decisions (Chapter 0400-40-3-.06). Part of the responsibility the policy places on the Division of Water Resources is identification of exceptional Tennessee Waters (previously know as Tier 2) and Outstanding National Resource Waters (Tier 3). In exceptional waters, degradation cannot be authorized unless (1) there is no reasonable alternative to the proposed activity that would render it non-degrading and (2) the activity is in the economic or social interest of the public. In Outstanding National Resource Waters, no new discharges, expansions of existing discharges, or mixing zones will be permitted unless such activity will not result in measurable degradation of the water quality.

 

The Division of Water Resources has compiled the list of waters that follows based on the characteristics of Exceptional Tennessee Waters and Outstanding National Resource Waters set forth in the regulation by the Tennessee Water Quality Control Board. In general, these are waterbodies with good water quality, important ecological values, valuable recreational uses, and outstanding scenery. Wherever possible, the Division has utilized objective measures to apply these characteristics and the basis for each listing is provided.

 

The following factors should be considered:

 

1.     The list will be updated regularly and does not include waterbodies that the division has not evaluated. The fact that a waterbody does not appear on this list by name does not preclude the possibility that it may be high quality.

2.     In some cases, only a portion of a waterbody is considered high quality. The extent of each listing is provided.

3.     This compilation of waterbodies is based on the most recent information obtained by the division and may be reconsidered upon submittal of further information.

4.     The list is organized in hydrological order. Reviewers should be aware that many waterbodies share the same name. It is our goal to develop a mapping tool to help locate these high quality waters.

 

It is our hope that this compilation of high quality waterbodies will provide a valuable planning tool for both the public and the regulated community. Questions about the antidegradation policy can be directed to Greg Denton, (615) 532-0699, or gregory.denton@tn.gov

 

Exceptional TN Waters
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LinkHUCWatershed NameWaterbodyCountyDescriptionBasis for InclusionFrom LatTo LatFrom LongTo LongInclusion DateRevision Date
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkGum BranchFentressPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.4936.4897-84.7512-84.7524
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkGood Spring BranchScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area36.36336.3631-84.733-84.7376
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkGrand BranchScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.536736.5439-84.7129-84.7218
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkGrassy Fork ScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area36.578436.5439-84.6048-84.6298
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkGreasy CreekScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.431536.434-84.5967-84.5906
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkGroom BranchFentressPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.444736.4801-84.7151-84.741
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkHammock BranchFentressPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.515436.5225-84.7872-84.7919
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkHarvey BranchScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.560836.568-84.6719-84.6833
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkHollow Rock BranchScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area36.584936.5852-84.7173-84.7331
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkHoney Creek ScottPortions in Big South Fork NRRA and Honey Creek Pocket Wilderness SNA.Big South Fork NRRA and Honey Creek Pocket Wilderness State Natural Area36.433336.4266-84.6465-84.6578
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkHurricane BranchScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.591436.5879-84.6087-84.5956
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkHutts BranchScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.589536.6007-84.6599-84.6585
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkIndian CreekMorganPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork NRRA36.336636.3298-84.7399-84.7374
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkIndian Rock BranchScottPortion in Big South Fork NRRA.Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area36.559936.5463-84.6155-84.6402
Single Row View05130104Cumberland-South ForkIsham CreekScottFrom mouth at Roaring Paunch Creek to headwaters.State endangered Big South Fork Crayfish.36.58836.6004-84.455-84.4203
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Abbreviations
The Known High Quality (Tier 2) Streams in Tennessee

NF = National Forest
NM = National Monument
NMP = National Military Park
NP = National Park
NRA = National Recreation Area
NRRA = National River and Recreation Area
NW = National Wilderness
NWR = National Wildlife Refuge
ONRW = Outstanding National Resource Water
RM = River Mile
SAA = State Archaeological Area
SHP = State Historic Park
SNA = State National Area
SP = State Park
WA = Wilderness Area
WMA = Wildlife Management Area
WR = Wildlife Refuge