thumbthumbThe Forked Deer River system is the main drainage of the central portion of West Tennessee. Locals pronounce the first word of the river's name as two distinct syllables, with the emphasis on the second syllable, as "fork-EDD."
The Forked Deer consists of various streams designated "Forked Deer" and their tributaries. Much of the Forked Deer basin was initially wetland; however much of this area has been drained and most Forked Deer tributaries have been channelized for agricultural In the mid 20th century much of this was done under the auspices of the Obion-Forked Deer Basin Authority, a Tennessee state agency. Environmental concerns have led to the cessation of channelization on a widespread basis; the federal government's "no net loss" policy regarding wetlands means that further channelization must be offset by creating new wetlands, called "mitigation lands", elsewhere.
Much of the channelized flow is routed into the Obion River just above the mouth of that river into (from [www.wikipedia.org](http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forked_Deer_River).