About Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) exists to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Tennessee and to be stewards of our natural environment by:
• Protecting and promoting human health and safety.
• Protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s land, air and water.
• Conserving and promoting natural cultural and historic resources.
• Providing a variety of quality outdoor recreational experiences.
TDEC has approximately 3,000 employees statewide supported by a total budget of more than $400 million. TDEC is the chief environmental and natural resource regulatory agency in Tennessee with delegated responsibility from the U.S. EPA.
May 2019 - July 2019
Johnson City, TN
“Learned a lot about how to identify bugs and use their presence or lack there of to determine water quality. Also, gained insight into the inner workings of government regulation.”