Why do we need a plan and why now?
Tennessee’s population is estimated to double in the next 50 years. Estimated growth, along with recent concerns over the utilization of the Memphis Sands Aquifer, droughts that have impacted numerous Tennessee communities, failures of aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and interstate battles over water rights, all stress the need to develop a statewide plan for addressing water availability.
How will the plan be developed?
A steering committee will provide high-level direction for the plan development. Working Groups composed of subject matter experts will conduct the research and gather the data and information. TDEC will lead plan development.
What will the plan include?
TN H2O will pay particular attention to surface and groundwater, water and wastewater infrastructure, water reuse and land conservation, as well as institutional and legal framework. Working groups composed of subject matter experts will conduct the research and gather information.
How often will the steering committee meet?
The steering committee is expected to meet three times before the draft plan is complete.
When will the plan be finalized?
The draft plan will be completed in October 2018.
Will the public be able to participate?
Yes. Public outreach will be conducted once a draft plan is available in October 2018.