Tennessee River BasinMission Statement: To protect, improve and maintain water quality in Alabama’s Tennessee River Basin by meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act through basin-wide public/private partnerships.
Watershed at a Glance
- Drains 6,826 square miles (13 %) of the land area in Alabama
- Covers portions of 15 northern counties
- Major Impoundments: Guntersville Lake, Wheeler Lake, Wilson Lake, Pickwick Lake, and Bear Creek Lakes (A recreational floatway is maintained for 26 miles downstream of the Upper Bear Creek dam, near Haleyville, Alabama.)
- Majorland uses: forestry, agriculture/pasture, urban
- Construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (entrance on Pickwick Lake) created a link between the two basins, allowing boat traffic to pass from the Tennessee River and points beyond to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay.
- Considered by The Nature Conservancy to be the most biologically diverse river basin in North America The Tennessee Valley Authority operates four hydroelectric facilities along the river (Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick).