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Water Resources Regional Planning

Final Reports

Background

In 2007, Tennessee suffered a drought of record in many parts of the state. At the same time the state managed through those extreme conditions, there was a desire to be better prepared for this kind of resource scarcity and the stress that growth and development are placing on water resources in some communities.

In response to those issues, and in accordance with §69-7-309 of the Tennessee Water Resources Information Act, the department organized a Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee to make recommendations on water resources issues. The 16-member committee provided helpful insight from diverse perspectives with the objective to help refine and improve water management policies or options for the department.

One of the first priorities of the Advisory Committee was to consult with the department in the development of a drought management plan. TDEC’s Drought Management Plan was finalized and posted to the Internet in February 2009. The document is an update to a drought management plan released in 1987. Its purpose is to outline TDEC’s role during a drought, to facilitate planning and to provide a framework for action and cooperation in water resources management among the many local, state, and federal agencies with drought-related responsibilities.

TDEC also developed Guidance for Developing Community Water System Drought Management Plans to provide community water systems with the necessary elements of a drought management plan. This guide is designed to promote and increase preparedness so that a drought’s adverse impacts would be mitigated. The guidance includes suggested drought management planning steps.

As the Advisory Committee reviewed impacts from the drought of 2007, discussion centered on the benefits of regional water resource planning. The Advisory Committee recommended the department pilot regional water resource planning projects to validate those benefits and then develop a model regional water plan for the state.

In late 2008, TDEC partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, members of the Advisory Committee and other regional planning experts to initiate a water resources planning pilot in two areas significantly impacted by the drought of 2007:1.     

1.      North Central Tennessee region - Sumner County, including Portland, Gallatin, Castalian Springs/Bethpage, White House and Westmoreland.

2.      Southern Cumberland region - consisting of portions of Franklin, Grundy, Marion, and Sequatchie Counties and the towns of Tracy City, Sewanee, Altamont and Monteagle

This Web page includes the final planning study reports, the overall guidelines for those interested in pursuing regional water resources planning in Tennessee, as well as information collected during the process. We believe that this information will provide a planning framework for sustainable growth and water resource demand while protecting all uses of our waters.

Contact: Elaine Boyd, Elaine.Boyd@tn.gov

Planning Study Resources
Study presentation to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations on June 30, 2011

Progress Update on State of Tennessee Regional Water Supply Planning Pilot Studies presented at the February 7, 2011 meeting of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

Tennessee Regional Water Supply Planning: General Observations and Conclusions PPT by USGS' Scott Gain 

General Report Draft Outline 12/3/10

Progress Update on State of Tennessee Regional Water Supply Planning Pilot Studies presented at the September 9, 2010 meeting of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Documents  shared at August 2, 2010 meeting of Water Resources Advisory Committee
Proposed Statement of Goals and Principles
Statement on Regionalism and Intergovernmental Relationships
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Update on Regional Planning Water Supply Pilot Study
Hydrologics' OASIS Modeling for State Water Supply Pilot Study
Drought Task Force PPT to Legislature 10/20/09
Regional Planning PPT to Legislature 10/19/09
Meeting Handout from 07/10/09
Modeling Technical Group Update from 07/10/09
ECD Land Use Classifications
ECD Land Use Source Data
Elements of Regional Plan
Energy Audit Scope for Pilot Water Systems
Regional Planning Team
Tennessee Rural Water Supply Report
North Central TN Pilot Study
Energy Conservation Study at White House Utility - 09/2010
Financial Strengths and Weaknesses of North Central Water Utilites - 12/2011
North Central TN Pilot Project Draft Report - 12/07/10
USACE Planning Pilot Update PPT - 11/05/10
USACE Planning Pilot Update PPT - 08/27/10
Water Supply Modeling PPT - 08/27/10
USACE Planning Pilot Update PPT - 12/04/09
Water Supply Modeling PPT - 12/04/09
Regional Drought Analysis - 10/26/09
Drought Analysis Appendix - 10/26/09

Community Meeting PPT - 10/13/09

Attendees  - 05/28/09 Meeting

Handout - 05/28/09 Meeting
USACE Planning Study
USACE Planning Study PPT presentation
South Cumberland TN Pilot Study
Energy Conservation Study at Big Creek Utility District - 08/2010
So. Cumberland TN Pilot Proj. Draft Report - 12/07/10
USACE Planning Pilot Update PPT - 11/05/10
USACE Planning Pilot Update PPT - 08/27/10
Water Supply Modeling PPT - 08/27/10
USACE Planning Pilot Update PPT - 12/04/09
Water Supply Modeling PPT - 12/04/09
Regional Drought Analysis - 10/26/09
Drought Analysis Appendix - 10/26/09

Community Meeting PPT - 10/05/09

Attendees - 06/05/09 Meeting

Handout - 06/05/09
Tracy City ARAP Permit
USACE Planning Study
USACE Planning Study PPT presentation