Dollywood Stream Mitigation Project




Pigeon Forge, TN

CEC Services

  • Stream Mitigation Design
  • Site Grading/Earthwork Analysis
  • Stream Assessments and Restoration
  • Boundary Retracement Surveys
  • Topographic Surveys
  • Construction Plans
  • CWA 404/401 Permitting
  • Mitigation Plan
  • Stream Functional Assessment
  • Wetland & Waters Delineation
  • As-Built Survey & Report
  • Monitoring
  • Construction Oversight

Owner Objective

Dollywood is looking to expand its amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In order to offset unavoidable impacts to streams associated wit h the expansion, Dollywood hired CEC to complete a compensatory mitigation project. The project consists of stream establishment, restoration and enhancement of approximately 2,168 linear feet of degraded stream channel of f our unnamed tributaries to Middle Creek.

CEC Approach

CEC was contracted by The Dollywood Company to provide environmental professional services for permitting the Wildwood Grove amusement park expansion. The project consisted of the permanent discharge of fill material in 1,045 linear feet of intermittent stream and 90 lf of ephemeral stream associated with the construction of the expansion area and the construction of on-site permittee responsible stream mitigation. Specific tasks performed by CEC included: a jurisdictional determination (JD), stream functional assessment methodology (precursor to the SQT), endangered species review, §401/404 and TDEC ARAP water quality permitting support, and associated compensatory mitigation plan. The jurisdictional determination identified five headwater ephemeral and intermittent streams. CEC performed a site meeting and coordinated the JD effort with Dollywood representatives, Ken Jones and Casey Ehorn at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Nashville District-East Branch, and Robert Wayne from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Stream impacts required an Individual Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) from TDEC and an Individual Permit from the USACE, both of which were approved. Stream impacts were offset through establishment, restoration and enhancement of 2,168 linear feet of degraded stream channel along four unnamed tributaries of Middle Creek in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.