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Little Tennessee River Watershed (06010204) of the Tennessee River Basin – Group 3 (2006)

Water Quality Management Plan

Little Tennessee River Watershed Map

The Little Tennessee River Watershed is located in Tennessee and North Carolina. The Tennessee portion includes parts of Blount, Loudon and Monroe counties. It drains approximately 1,050 square miles, 783 square miles of which are in Tennessee, and empties to the Fort Loudoun Lake Watershed. There are 130 known rare plant and animal species in the Tennessee portion of the Little Tennessee River Watershed.

Other sites within the Little Tennessee River Watershed include:

  • Cherokee National Forest, a 640,000-acre forest, is the largest tract of public land in Tennessee. The Forest is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
  • Foothills Parkway, a scenic parkway authorized by Congress in 1944, was built along the western and northern perimeters to provide scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • Fort Loudoun Dam Reservation is located by the canal connecting Tellico Lake with Fort Loudoun Lake. The Reservation is managed by TVA.
  • Fort Loudoun State Historic Area is a 1,200-acre interpretive site that is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the Western frontier (built 1756).
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in Tennessee and North Carolina. Its 800 square miles are 95 percent forested. The area was designated as national park in 1934, as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1976, and as a World Heritage Site in 1983.
  • Harrison Branch Recreation Area is located on Tellico Lake and features a boat ramp. The Recreation area is managed by TVA.
  • Lotterdale Cove Recreation Area is a campground on Tellico Lake with a sand beach, boat ramp and camping amenities.
  • Notchy Creek Recreation Area is a swimming area located on Tellico Lake.
  • Tallassee Recreation Area is located on Tellico lake and features a boat ramp.
  • Tellico Blockhouse, located at the confluence of Ninemile Creek and Little Tennessee River, was built in 1794 as a military fort to protect the Cherokee from continued advances in the valley by settlers.
  • Toqua Recreation Area is a camping and day use area on Tellico Lake with a fishing pier and boat ramp.

Table of Contents

Glossary

Summary - Little Tennessee River Watershed

Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality

Chapter 2 (1.71mb) - Description of the Little Tennessee River Watershed

Chapter 3 (3.6mb) - Water Quality Assessment of the Little Tennessee River Watershed

Chapter 4 (5.1mb) - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Little Tennessee River Watershed

Chapter 5 (1.1mb) - Water Quality Partnerships in the Little Tennessee River Watershed

Chapter 6 - Future Plans

Title Page for Little Tennessee River Watershed

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

Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)

Little Tennessee River - Total Maximum Daily Load for E. Coli in the Little Tennessee River Watershed in Blount, Loudon and Monroe Counties. Approved 04/10/2006.

Little Tennessee River - Total Maximum Daily Load for Siltation and Habitat Alteration in the Little Tennessee River Watershed in Blount, Loudon and Monroe Counties. Approved 04/19/2007.