Tennessee Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Tennessee Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Tennessee Water Quality Control Act, Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 69-3-101 to 69-3-132

For a Limited Time receive a FREE EHS Report "Recordkeeping for EHS Managers." This special report contains a recordkeeping checklist to help you keep track of your records for major environmental laws and OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. Download Now

Tennessee water quality standards: Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee (Rule) 0400-40-03-.01 to 0400-40-03-.11

Aquatic Resource Alteration Permits (ARAP): Rule 0400-40-07-.01 to 0400-40-07-.04

General permits: Rule 0400-40-07-.04(2)

Individual permits: Rule 0400-40-07-.04(5)

Permit conditions: Rule 0400-40-07-.04(6)

Fees: Rule 0400-40-11-.02 and Rule 0400-40-11-.03

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Section 26A Permits: 18 CFR 1304.1 to 1304.412

Regulatory Agencies

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Water Resources

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Memphis and Nashville Districts

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Federal, municipal, and other state agencies should be contacted for information regarding any additional regulatory requirements.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Wetlands use in Tennessee is regulated under the dredge and fill permit program of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the state water quality control regulations. These two regulatory programs work together to require that all activities in state wetlands be permitted.

For activities that do not require a federal Section 404 dredge and fill permit, the state water quality regulations will require an alteration permit.

Administration and enforcement. Wetlands regulation in Tennessee is enforced jointly by the Corps, TDEC's Division of Water Resources, and in some cases, the TVA.

The Corps administers the federal permit program under Section 404 of the CWA ...

Read more about Wetlands

Tennessee Wetlands Resources

Type Title
Checklists Wetlands Project Planning Checklist
Forms WPA Form 9 - Enforcement Order
See all Wetlands Resources