Tennessee Environmental Questions & Answers

Q: Where would I find a law describing how I would get a permit to build a green way and other trails in my community?

1 Answer | Asked in Agricultural Law, Construction Law and Environmental for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 25, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
A starting point could be to contact the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation. They have a Knoxville Environmental Field Office.

Tim Akpinar

Q: I have a creek on my property, approximately 3-5ft deep, and I want to dig out a watering hole for livestock. Can I ?

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 1, 2019
Anthony Marvin Avery's answer
Your downstream Landowners are the ones that might give you problems. If your pond stops the water flow of the creek beyond your property, then the adjoining Landowners may possibly sue you for Damages, an Injunction, Declaratory Judgment, etc. It may even be a benefit to the downstream Landowners by lessening erosion. Unless it is a navigable water, you should have no problem. But TCA 69-1-110 allows suit for damages for diverting a stream, without navigability being required. Common...

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