Clean Water Policy

TCWN plays an important leadership role in advocating for strong clean water laws, regulations, and policies in Tennessee. While our efforts are most intensively focused on Clean Water Act and Tennessee Water Quality Control Act implementation and enforcement at the state level, we are also engaged in national and local efforts.

TCWN works closely with partners at the local, state, and national levels, iBacteria postingncluding NGOs, government agencies, elected officials, universities, businesses, and other allies, to advance policy positions and improve water quality.

Much of this work is done in conjunction with our partner groups along the Mississippi River. Jointly we work as the Mississippi River Collaborative on similar issues in our states. Become a River Citizen and commit to protecting the Mississippi River.

Permits of Interest:

General NPDES Permit for Pesticides – Permit

General NPDES Permit for Pesticides – Public Notice


The following policy areas have been identified as priorities for our efforts:

Nitrogen and Phosphorus Pollution
Clean Water Rule
Wetland Mitigation Program
Tennessee State Legislature
Farm Programs


TDEC Division of Water Resources
DWR organizational chart
Find your local TDEC field office
Board of Water Quality, Oil & Gas
Water Regulations


TCWN Water Policy Reports:

2015 Enforcement Fact Sheet
Is there anymore room for pollution?
2008 Enforcement Report
2009-2010 Enforcement Report
2011-2012 Enforcement Report
2013-2014 Enforcement Report