Current Status of Wetland Protection and Management in Tennessee

by Roger H. Smith, Memphis State Univ, Memphis, United States,
Clifford J. Whitehead, Memphis State Univ, Memphis, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management and Urban Water Resources

Abstract: In order to save the remaining wetland resources and to manage these wetlands to the benefit of all, the State of Tennessee currently is in the process of formulating a comprehensive state wetlands policy which will incorporate existing federal, state, and local wetland programs with emphasis on the Tennessee Wetlands Protection (Acquisitions) Act of 1986. Plan formulation and implementation for wetland conservation projects requires the application and maintenance of various technical data to assure uniform project definitions, to display plans and strategies, and to monitor implementation progress. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is using a geographic information system (GIS) to maintain a detailed computerized wetland data base for the above purposes. This paper discusses the current status of wetland inventory data, acquisition lands, and progress toward a comprehensive state wetlands protection and management policy.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water) | Geographic information systems | Information systems | Water resources | Mapping | Data collection | Inventories | Federal government | North America | Tennessee | United States

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