Information about the programs dedicated to protecting and improving Tennessee's Water Quality.
Division of Ground Water Protection - If you need information regarding the installation of septic tanks and underground disposal systems, call the Division of Ground Water Protection.
State Revolving Fund Loan Programs - Provide loans to local governments (cities, counties, and utility districts) for water and wastewater facilities. State Revolving Loan funds support water and wastewater system projects so communities can achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory standards and improve water quality. Tennessee's State Revolving Fund Loan Program has provided low-interest loans for a variety of projects--large to small and east to west--from a large combined sewer overflow correction project to a raw water transmission line extension project to a wastewater treatment improvement and expansion project
Division of Water Pollution Control - Information regarding the quality of Tennessee's rivers and streams, NPDES water quality permits, gravel dredging, and surface mining can be obtained by calling the Division of Water Pollution Control.
Division of Water Supply - The Division of Water Supply can provide you with information regarding Tennessee's drinking water supplies, and ground water.
Known Exceptional Tennessee Waters - Updated July 21, 2008
TDEC Dam Locations: #
Environmental Stewardship Awards - Annual awards recognizing the many voluntary efforts throughout the state that improve environmental and conservation stewardship.
Public Participation Opportunities - A list of current public notices of permitting decisions, public hearings, and rule-making activities available on-line.
Board Meetings - The public is invited to attend the meetings of our regulatory boards.
- Ground Water Management Board
- Water and Wastewater Operators Certification Board
- Water Quality Control Board
- Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee
- West Tennessee River Basin Authority
Regulations - - courtesy of the Secretary of State's Office
Storm Water Discharges Permitting
- Phase I and II
Information, resources, and links, including Phase I & II MS4 permitting programs
Summary of Permits:
- Ready Mix Concrete Plant General Permit: The operation of a ready mix concrete facility with discharges of washwater, stormwater, or a no-discharge recycle system.
- NPDES Discharge Permit for Direct Point Source Discharges into Waters of the State: Direct dischargers include industrial and commercial wastewater, industrial and construction stormwater runoff and municipal wastewater discharges. Mining facilities and Class I Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) also require NPDES discharge permits.
- NPDES General Permit For Industrial Stormwater: Point source discharge of stormwater from runoff industrial or commercial facilities to the waters of the state
- NPDES General Permit for Construction Storm Water: the grubbing, clearing, grading or excavation of 1or more acres of land
- Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP)/Section 401 Certification: Physically altering waters (streams and wetlands) of the state, including water withdrawals that have the potential to signficantly degrade the water quality in the stream.
- Inter-Basin Transfer Permit: The transfer of water out of a major river basin and into another.
- State Operating Permit: Operating a municipal collection system, discharging treated municipal wastewater to land
- Surface Mining Permit: Surface disturbance and surface mining of specific minerals
- Wellhead Protection Program Approval: Public water supplies using groundwater as a source
- Certificate of Dam Approval and Safety: Constructing, altering, removing or operating a dam that is a minimum of 20 feet high or impounding at least 30 acre-feet of water
- Underground Injection Control Permit: Injection wells and injection activities with the exception of single family domestic waste disposal systems and injection of natural gas for the purpose of storage
- Public Water System Construction: Constructing or modifying a public water system
- Domestic Septage Disposal Site Permit: land disposal of domestic septage from septic tanks or other sewage treatment or disposal facilities
- Septic System Construction Permit: subsurface sewage disposal (septic) system installation or repair
- Dye Trace Registration: Anyone who performs a dye trace study in streams or groundwater systems of the state.
- Subsurface Sewage Disposal System Installer Permit: the business of installing, altering, extending, or repairing a subsurface sewage disposal (septic) systems
- Septic Tank Pumping Contractor Permit: the business of removing and disposing of domestic septage from septic tanks, holding tanks, portable toilets or other similar sewage treatment or disposal facilities
- Water Well Driller or Installer License: the digging, drilling, or redrilling of a water well or anyone who installs, or repairs water well pumps or filters and treatment devices
Office of Environmental Assistance - The Office of Environmental Assistance program provides information and non-regulatory support to businesses, schools, local governments, industries, organizations and individuals in order to prevent and reduce environmental impacts.
Questions and Answers about Reissuance of Tennessee Multi-Sector General Permit (TMSP), for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. EPA Questions and Answers about storm water permitting.
The Water and Wastewater State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Programs - Provide loans to local governments (cities, counties, and utility districts) for water and wastewater facilities.
Water and Wastewater Operator Training and Certification Program - Provides training, testing and certification of water and wastewater operators at the Fleming Training Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Water and Wastewater Needs Assessment and Facility Plans Review Program - Provides reviews and submission to EPA of twenty-year water and wastewater needs in Tennessee, and the environmental review and approval of facility plans for SRF loans.