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The Compact works with partners to remove breached or low-head dams or dams no longer in service that impede stream flow, obstruct paddlers, and prevent wildlife from freely navigating a stream. The removal of these dams restores the natural flow to the stream and keeps debris from clogging stream channels.

See completed dam removal projects

Compensatory Mitigation

The Cumberland River Compact established the Compensatory Mitigation program in 2018 with the goal of creating a mechanism and source of revenue for stream restoration projects in the Tennessee portion of the Cumberland River Basin. The program allows the Compact to sell credits that are used to implement effective stream restoration, enhancement, establishment, and preservation projects to compensate for the loss of ecological functions affected by permitted activities.

To purchase credits from the Cumberland River Compact Stream Restoration In-Lieu Fee Program, complete and submit a Credit Request form. If credits are available in the appropriate service area, The Compact reserves requested credits for 120 days and will issue you a Letter of Credit Availability and Reservation. Then you must submit the Letter of Credit Availability and Reservation with their permit documents to the regulatory agencies.

After 120 days, any un-purchased credits are no longer guaranteed and may become available to other interested buyers.

Please ensure accurate credit needs prior to purchase. Only in rare instances will refunds be considered, and in all cases, the Cumberland River Compact retains a 15% administrative fee.

Download Credit Request Form


Credit Service Area

As a sponsor of the Cumberland River Compact Stream Restoration In‐Lieu Fee Program, The Compact has the discretion not to sell mitigation credits for impacts to our conservation priorities in the state.

EPA Section 319

The Compact is proud to carry out the work of the EPA Section 319 grant funding, administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, to address non-point source pollution as a result of agriculture, forestry, grazing, septic systems, recreational boating, urban runoff, construction, physical changes to stream channels, or habitat degradation. The program provides funding for installing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to stop nonpoint source pollution; providing training, education, and demonstrations; and monitoring water quality.

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