Clean Water Act

Engineering Director

James R. Hagerman, P.E.
(865) 215-2148

400 Main St., Suite 475
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901

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The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. "Clean Water Act" became the Act's common name with amendments in 1972.


Local efforts are coordinated by the Water Quality Forum on behalf of the City of Knoxville, Knox County, and the Town of Farragut local governments, along with other partners such as the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)Ijams Nature CenterUT Water Resources Research Center, KGIS (geographic information systems & mapping), and Knox County Soil Conservation District.

The Water Quality Forum organizes such events as Friends of First Creek, WaterFest, Adopt-A-Watershed, CPR, and River Rescue. In addition, the Water Quality Forum works with high school students and with elementary schools to monitor watersheds.

For more information about the Clean Water Act including Laws and Provisions please visit the website.