Lower Cumberland River Watershed

The Lower Cumberland River Watershed is approximately 2,338 square miles and has an estimated population of 155,000 people. Use the map below to find out if you live in the watershed or to simply explore! The area within the purple boundary is within the watershed.

Water Quality in the Lower Cumberland River Watershed

There are 2,905 miles of streams and rivers in the Lower Cumberland River Watershed. Within the watershed, the States of Tennessee and Kentucky report that 282 miles are impaired. The most common impairments are sediment, nutrients, and bacteria. The most common sources of impairment are agriculture, municipal point sources, and loss of riparian habitat.

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