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AVAILABLE (OR SOON TO BE AVAILABLE)
FROM THE DIVISION OF WATER POLLUTION CONTROL

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|| Water Quality Assessment Publications || Technical & Engineering Documents||

WATER QUALITY LAWS

Law Citation Brief Description Contact Person
Tennessee Water Quality Control Act 69-3-101 et seq Law establishing water pollution control program. Identifies responsibilities and extent of authority for Commissioner and the Water Quality Control Board. Establishes concept of clean water goals and water quality planning and assessment. Provides for permitting program for discharges to, or alterations of, water of the state. Garland P. Wiggins
[email protected]
Tennessee Environmental Protection Fund 68-203-101 Law establishing mechanism for fees to be charged for permits issued by the Division of Water Pollution Control. Garland P. Wiggins
[email protected]

 

RULES
All rule downloads provided by the Secretary of State's Office

Regulation Citation Brief Description Contact Person
General Rules 1200-4-1
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Establishes treatment requirements for point source dischargers. Monya Bradley
[email protected]
Plans Submittal, Control of Construction 1200-4-2
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This regulation identifies the requirements for Division approval of plans for construction of sewer lines and treatment plant expansions. Saya Qualls
[email protected]

General Water Quality Criteria

2007 Version

1200-4-3
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Establishes numeric and narrative criteria for each of the seven classified uses. Additionally, contains Tennessee’s Antidegradation Policy, which identifies scenarios in which degradation can be allowed in surface waters. Note: groundwater criteria are in a separate document available from the Division of Underground Storage Tanks. Greg Denton
[email protected]

Use Classifications for Surface Waters

2007 Version

1200-4-4
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Establishes seven classified uses for surface waters. Identifies a combination of uses for each named or unnamed surface water. Note: classified uses for groundwater are established in a separate document available from the Division of Underground Storage Tanks. Greg Denton
[email protected]
Effluent Standards 1200-4-5
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This regulation establishes treatment requirements for facilities that discharge to effluent-limited streams. Saya Qualls
[email protected]
UIC Regulations
(Division of Water Supply)
1200-4-6
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Establishes permitting process for the discharge of materials into ground water by way of wells and/or sinkholes. Tom Moss
[email protected]
Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits 1200-4-7
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Establishes permitting process for physical alteration of waters of the state. Includes general permits for several activities including utility line crossings. Dan Eagar
[email protected]
Navigable Waters Permit 1200-4-8
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Establishes permitting process for physical alteration of navigable waters not regulated by the Corps of Engineers. This regulation is specific to Reelfoot Lake. Robert Baker
[email protected]
Water Well Licensing(Division of Water Supply) 1200-4-9
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Establishes licensing process for well drillers. Identifies requirements for well construction. Luke Ewing
[email protected]
NPDES General Permits 1200-4-10
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Establishes general NPDES permits for certain activities including discharge of industrial stormwater and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Jim McAdoo
[email protected]
Environmental Protection Fund Fee Rules 1200-4-11
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Establishes fee schedules for different types of permits issued by the Division. Garland Wiggins
[email protected]
Pretreatment Requirements 1200-4-14
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Establishes responsibilities of State, and local government, industry and the public to implement the National Pretreatment Standards. Jennifer Dodd
[email protected]
Public Sewerage Systems 1200-5-2
Establishes supervision requirements during the construction and operation of public sewage systems. Phil Simmons
[email protected]

 

GENERAL INFORMATION AND PLANNING DOCUMENTS

Publication Brief Description Contact Person
Tennessee’s Watershed Management Approach A brochure describing the watershed management approach as envisioned and implemented by the Division of Water Pollution Control. Sherry Wang
[email protected]
The Tennessee Rivers Assessment Summary Report This full color report identifies scenic and recreation (fishing and boating) values for streams in Tennessee. David Duhl
[email protected]
Bacteriological and Fishing Advisories in Tennessee List of streams and reservoirs where fish consumption or human contact advisories have been issued. Greg Denton
[email protected]

Stream Mitigation Guidelines

July 1, 2004

This document provides general guidance and discussion for compensatory mitigation of permanent impacts to streams.

Dan Eagar
[email protected]

 

WATER QUALITY ASSESSMENT PUBLICATIONS

NEW Publications
Publication Brief Description Contact Person

EPA Approved Final Version Year 2008 303(d) List

(July 2008)
An EPA approved final list of streams, rivers, reservoirs, and lakes that do not meet water quality standards in 2008.  Provides pollutant information and TMDL prioritization.

Greg Denton
[email protected]

Year 2008 303(d) List GIS Data These data were produced as a companion to the EPA Approved Final Version Year 2008 303(d) List to show the location of impaired streams in Tennessee. Richard Cochran
[email protected]

Quality Systems Standard Operating Procedure for Chemical and Bacteriological Sampling of Surface Water (TDEC, WPC)
June 2008

(4 mb pdf)

This document describes procedures for collecting chemical and bacteriological samples of surface waters as well as chain-of-custody and quality control approved by the Division of Water Pollution Control. Protocols are also described for the specifications and accurate use of water-quality probes, sampling equipment, and flow meters.

Michael Graf
[email protected]

The Known Exceptional Tennessee Waters

July 21, 2008

The Division of Water Pollution Control has compiled a partial list of exceptional Tennessee waters based on characteristics set forth in the regulation by the Tennessee Water Quality Control Board. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

Proposed Final Year 2008 303(d) List

(May 2008)

A list of streams, rivers, reservoirs, and lakes that do not meet water quality standards in 2008.  Provides pollutant information and TMDL prioritization.

Responses to Comments

Greg Denton
gregory.dent[email protected]

2008 305(b) Report The Status of Water Quality in Tennessee

(April 2008)
Report on the general water quality of surface waters in Tennessee, including 2006 – 2008 assessments. Contains information about water quality, posted waterbodies, and watershed summaries. Greg Denton
[email protected]
Draft 2008 303(d) List A draft list of streams, rivers, reservoirs, and lakes that do not meet water quality standards in 2008. Provides pollutant information and TMDL prioritization Greg Denton
[email protected]
Mercury Levels in Tennessee Fish The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation compiled tissue data from multiple agencies in order to analyze mercury concentrations in fish from Tennessee's rivers, lakes, reservoirs and streams. This analysis led to the issuance of new and updated mercury advisories in April, 2007. Greg Denton
[email protected]
Probabilistic Monitoring of Streams Below Small Impoundments in Tennessee This report describes the results of a probabilistic study of 75 streams below small impoundments and the effects of the impoundments on aquatic life, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, pH, iron, manganese, habitat, flow, and periphyton density. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

EPA Approved Final Version Year 2006 303(d) List

December 2006

An EPA approved final list of streams, rivers, reservoirs, and lakes that do not meet water quality standards in 2006. Provides pollutant information and TMDL prioritization. Greg Denton
[email protected]

2006 305(b) Report The Status of Water Quality in Tennessee

April 2006

Report on the general water quality of surface waters in Tennessee, including 2004 - 2006 assessments. Contains information about water quality, posted waterbodies, and watershed summaries. Greg Denton
[email protected]

Quality Assurance Project Plan for 106 Monitoring in the Division of Water Pollution Control
Volume I

April 2007

This document describes monitoring, analyses, quality control, and assessment procedures used by the Division of Water Pollution Control to develop TMDLs, 305(b) and 303(d) assessments. Linda Cartwright
[email protected]
Threatened and Endangered Species List This lists the known threatened and endangered species including aquatic and semi-aquatic plants and aquatic animals in Tennessee. The list is subject to revision. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

Regional Characterization of Streams in Tennessee with Emphasis on Diurnal Dissolved Oxygen, Nutrients, Habitat, Geomorphology and Macroinvertebrates

September 2005

This report describes a 2004 statewide study, which is a continuation of a 2002 study of regional differences in diurnal dissolved oxygen patterns in wadeable streams. Other goals of this study were to characterize streams based on geomorphology, periphyton, and nutrients and describe streams that cross ecoregions in west Tennessee.

Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

Tennessee's Plan for Nutrient Criteria Development (TDEC, WPC, PAS)

October 2004

Describes the approach the Division of Water Pollution Control will use to identify and adopt additional water quality standards for nutrient related parameters. Greg Denton
[email protected]
Probabilistic Monitoring in the Inner Nashville Basin with Emphasis on Nutrient and Macroinvertebrate Relationships (Arnwine, Sparks, and Denton, 2003) This report describes the results of a probabilistic study conducted in the Inner Nashville Basin to determine the relationship between the biological communities and nutrient levels.

Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

The Results of Fish Tissue Monitoring in Tennessee: 1992 – 1997. (Freeman & Denton) Contains a general description of the fish tissue monitoring program and contains the result of contaminate monitoring for a five-year period. Greg Denton
[email protected]

Development of Regionally-Based pH Criteria for Wadeable Streams (Arnwine and Denton, 2002)

Revised April 2004

This document describes a statewide study of regional differences in the effect pH has on the aquatic communities in wadeable streams and rivers. These results will form the basis of recommendations for regional pH criteria to be formalized in the General Water Quality Criteria..

Greg Denton
[email protected]

Evaluation of Regional Dissolved Oxygen Patterns of Wadeable Streams in Tennessee Based on Diurnal and Daytime Monitoring (Arnwine and Denton, 2003)

(2.39 mb pdf)

This report describes a statewide study of regional differences in both diurnal and daylight dissolved oxygen patterns in wadeable streams. Study results will help guide fish and aquatic life criteria decisions for the 2002 triennial review of water quality standards.

Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

Dioxin Levels in Pigeon River Fish 1996-2002 (Denton and Arnwine, 2002)

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This report describes the improvement in water quality that has resulted in the removal of the fish tissue advisory for the Tennessee portion of the Pigeon River.

Greg Denton
[email protected]

Quality System Standard Operating Procedure for Macroinvertebrate Stream Surveys, (TDEC, WPC)
Revised October 2006

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This document describes procedures for performing two types of macroinvertebrate surveys approved by the Division of Water Pollution Control for assessing biological integrity of streams. The entire procedure is described including protocols for sample collection, habit assessment, sample analysis, data reduction and reporting.

Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

This document compares algal densities and nutrient levels to diurnal DO patterns in reference and impaired steams in 16 subecoregions.

Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

Existing Publications
Publication Brief Description Contact Person

EPA Approved Final Version Year 2004 303(d) List

April 2005

A list of streams and lakes that do not meet water quality standards in 2004. Provides cause and source of pollutant information and TMDL prioritization. Greg Denton
[email protected]
2004 305(b) Report The Status of Water Quality in Tennessee (Denton, Sparks, Arnwine, Cartwright) Report documenting the general quality of surface waters during the period 2002-2004. Contains information about streams, lakes, and wetlands. Identifies streams that are currently posted due to fish contamination and elevated bacteria levels. Greg Denton
[email protected]

Final Version
Year 2002
303(d) List

January 2004

A list of the streams and lakes not meeting water quality standards in 2002. Provides documentation of pollutants and general sources of pollutants. Prioritizes streams for future TMDL development. Greg Denton
[email protected]

2002 305(b) Report The Status of Water Quality in Tennessee (Denton, Sparks, Arnwine, Cartwright)

(.pdf format 6.69 MB - allow for lengthy download time)

Report documenting the general quality of surface waters during the period 2000-2002. Contains information about streams, lakes, and wetlands. Highlights success stories and innovative management strategies. Identifies streams that are currently posted due to fish contamination and elevated bacteria levels.

Greg Denton
[email protected]

Habitat Quality of Least-Impacted Streams in Tennessee 2001 (Arnwine and Denton) This report describes the habitat quality of ecoregion reference streams. Seasonal variability, stream size and ecoregion expectations are discussed. Reference data is compared to historic habitat assessments. Guidelines for maintaining protective habitat in each of Tennessee's 25 ecological subregions are provided. The report includes a question and answer section of habitat guidance implementation. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]
Development of Regionally-Based Numeric Interpretations of Tennessee's Narrative Biological Integrity Criterion 2001 (Arnwine and Deton) This report contains guidance for interpretation of existing narrative biological criteria based on regional reference data. The report details macroinvertebrate monitoring at reference streams. The metric selection and assessment guidelines are discussed. A description of how ecoregions were grouped into bioregions for assessment purposes is included. Seasonal variability of macroinvertebrate populations is discussed. Numeric biocriteria based on a multi-metric index is proposed and compared to historic targeted and probabilistic monitoring. The report contains a question and answer section on biocriteria implementation. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]
Development of Regionally-Based Interpretations of Tennessee's Narrative Nutrient Criterion. 2001 (Denton, Arnwine and Wang) This report contains guidance for interpretation of existing narrative nutrient criteria based on regional reference data. The report summarizes reference nutrient data and describes how nitrate+nitrite and total phosphorus goals were developed. A comparison of reference data to historic targeted and probabilistic monitoring sites is included. Relationships between nutrient levels and macroinvertebrate populations are explored. The report contains a question and answer section on nutrient criteria implementation. Greg Denton
[email protected]
Tennessee Ecoregion Project 1994-1999. (Arnwine, Broach, Cartwright and Denton) This report contains a detailed description of Tennessee's ecoregion delineation and reference stream monitoring project. The ecoregion report describes how subregions were defined and how reference streams were selected. The report includes descriptions of macroinvertebrate, bacteriological, and chemical monitoring as well as habitat assessment. Summaries of all data are provided. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]
The Status of Water Quality in Tennessee Year 2000 305(b) Report (Denton, Vann and Wang) Report documenting the general quality of surface waters during the period 1998-2000. Contains information about streams, lakes, and wetlands. Highlights success stories, emerging water quality issues, and innovative management strategies. Identifies streams that are currently posted due to fish contamination and elevated bacteria levels. Additionally, the 305(b) report contains the water quality assessments of group 1,2 and 3 watersheds. Greg Denton
[email protected]
1998 303(d) List
(Available as a downloadable file)
A list of the streams and lakes not meeting water quality standards in 1998. Provides documentation of pollutants and general sources of pollutants. Prioritizes streams for future TMDL development. Greg Denton
[email protected]
Ecoregions of Tennessee (Griffith, Omernik, and Azevedo) This EPA publication documents work to delineate sub-ecoregion boundaries in Tennessee. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]
Level III and IV Ecoregions in Tennessee A one-page color map illustrating the boundaries of ecoregions and sub-ecoregions in Tennessee. Debbie Arnwine
[email protected]

 

Technical/Engineering Documents

Publications
Brief Description
Contact
Pretreatment Model Sewer Use Ordinance Jennifer Peters Dodd
[email protected]
Design Criteria for Sewage Works

Guidance for municipalities and industries for the design of sewage systems and wastewater treatment plants.

[email protected]

Erosion and Sediment Control Handbook
March 2002
(Handbook files are in .pdf format)

A guide for protection of state waters through the use of best management practices during land disturbing activities. Jim McAdoo
[email protected]

TN Oil and Grease Control Guidance Document

Guidance for municipalities in creating regulations and enforcement plans dealing with oil and grease on a local level.

[email protected]

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