Water Quality Management Plan
The Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed is located in Tennessee and Mississippi. The Tennessee portion of the watershed (97.8 percent of the watershed) includes parts of Benton, Carroll, Chester, Decatur Hardin, Henderson, Humphreys, McNairy, Perry and Wayne counties. It drains approximately 2,097 square miles, 2,041 square miles of which are in Tennessee, and empties to the Tennessee Western Valley (KY Lake) Watershed. There are 75 known rare plant and animal species in the Tennessee portion of the Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed.
Other sites within the Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed include:
- Mousetail Landing State Park is a 1,247-acre area located on the east banks of the Tennessee River. Learn more at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/mousetail-landing.
- Natchez Trace State Park and Forest was named for the famous Nashville to Natchez Highway, an important wilderness road of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Learn more at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/natchez-trace.
- Pickwick Dam Reservation is located South of Savannah and north of the Mississippi state line. It has a campground with water and electric hookups, and boat launch ramps. The site is managed by TVA.
- Pickwick Landing State Park is located at a site that was a riverboat stop in the 1840’s. The park area once provided housing for the TVA construction crews and their families. The property was transferred from TVA to the state of Tennessee in the early 1970’s. Learn more at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/pickwick-landing.
- Shiloh National Military Park was established in 1894 to preserve the scene of the 1862 Civil War battle. The 4,000-acre battlefield is located on the west bank of the Tennessee River.
- Tennessee NWR-Busseltown and Duck River Units, established in 1945, is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an important resting and feeding area for wintering waterfowl as well as migratory birds and resident wildlife.
Table of Contents
Summary - Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed
Chapter 1 - Watershed Approach to Water Quality
Chapter 2 (1.67 mb) - Description of the Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed
Chapter 3 (4.14 mb) - Water Quality Assessment of the Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed
Chapter 4 (13.56 mb) - Point and Nonpoint Source Characterization of the Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed
Chapter 5 - Water Quality Partnerships in the Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed
Chapter 6 - Future Plans
Title Page for Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed
Appendices: Appendix I, Appendix II, Appendix III, Appendix IV, Appendix V
Waters with EPA Approved Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)
Eagle Creek - Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for Ammonia Toxicity, Organic Enrichment, and Low Dissolved Oxygen in Eagle Creek in the Tennessee Western Valley (Beech River) Watershed. Approved 05/06/2004.