Watershed Plan, Middle Tennessee River Valley

To request a copy of the most updated draft watershed plan, please send a request to brantley@auburn.edu

Project Overview

This project is a team effort between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee with technical assistance from Auburn University and the University of Alabama-Huntsville to increase agricultural irrigated acres to maximize local economic benefit, minimize environmental and cultural resources impacts and improve rural communities.

The proposed project would assist in providing cost-share for a range of irrigation technologies (ex: center pivot, microirrigation, plasticulture, tow-traveler) and diverse farm sizes, types and demographics. Irrigation practices may be partially funded through the NRCS Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (PL 83-566).

Purpose and Need

Through the Watershed Program authorized by Public Law 83-566, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to local organizations for planning and carrying out watershed projects that help solve natural resource and related economic problems in a specific watershed. These issues can include watershed protection, flood prevention, erosion and sediment control, water supply, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, and wetlands creation. 

In accordance with the provisions of the NRCS’s Watershed Program, the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee is eligible for funding to address agricultural water needs. The purpose of this project is to provide cost-share funding to expand irrigation.

Middle Tennessee River Valley Watershed, Alabama

We Want Your Input!

NRCS invites all interested parties to review the Draft Watershed Plan-EA and attend the public meeting to learn more about the project. We are asking for your comments and suggestions to develop a Final Watershed Plan-EA. Paper copies of the draft watershed plan are available at NRCS offices in Cullman, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties, Alabama.

Written comments are highly encouraged and will be accepted in person at the public meeting or via U.S. Mail or email at:

Please email comments to Vernon Abney, USDA NRCS, Vernon.Abney@al.usda.gov

Comments may be sent by US Mail:
Mr. Vernon Abney, State Conservation Engineer
Natural Resources Conservation Service
P.O. Box 311
Auburn, Alabama  36831-0311

A public meeting will be held January 22, 5-6 pm at the Advanced Technology Building (Aerospace Training Center) Large White Building last building when you get to campus – north most building – Calhoun Community College, 6250 US-31 Decatur, AL

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