Fork Creek Watershed Initiative
To network with stakeholders in a way that pollutant loads are reduced or eliminated so that Fork Creek water quality is improved.
Fork Creek flows through parts of Monroe and Loudon Counties, discharging into Tellico Lake near the southern end of Tellico Village.
Because of pollution issues related to siltation, bacterial counts, and phosphate levels, Fork Creek is classified as an impaired stream on the State of Tennessee's 303(d) list. Over the past several years, WATeR personnel have been working with key stakeholders to identify opportunities for water quality improvement.
In 2012, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded seven (7) contracts totaling $563,000 to implement agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP's) in the Fork Creek watershed. This work will be done over the next several years.
On a parallel path with the above BMP work, the Monroe County Soil Conservation District personnel applied for a 319 grant. The TN Department of Agriculture approved the grant application in late 2012, for approximately $120,000.
These funds will be utilized, primarily, for septic system upgrades in the watershed.
WATeR will continue to be a key stakeholder in this network, following projects and reporting results on this website.
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