Governing Law and Regulations
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 ...