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Agricultural Licensing Renewal

Agricultural Licensing Renewal Reevaluation

This reevaluates the potential impacts of changes in size and allowable use on portions of 2 Norris Reservoir tracts previously assessed for use as hayland.  TVA completed a Supplemental EA and FONSI for its agricultural lands licensing program in various counties, primarily in the eastern Tennessee Valley, in January 2004. 

Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 136 kb).

Agricultural Licensing Renewal

Beginning with the 2004 Crop Years- Eastern/Middle Tennessee -Supplemental Environmental Assessment

TVA proposed to renew licenses for all or a portion of 118 tracts (1921.5 acres) for agricultural use beginning in 2004. These new and previously licensed tracts  occur on Norris, Cherokee, Douglas, Boone, South Holston, Fontana, Fort Loudoun, Melton Hill, Tellico, and Watts Bar Reservoirs, and the Clinchport River Access Site. Thirteen new tracts, including Power properties now included in the program, occur across 16 eastern and two middle Tennessee counties, two southwest Virginia counties and one western North Carolina County.

This Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) evaluates use of the new and previously licensed tracts consistent with environmental protection safeguards and other special provisions included, as applicable, in each license. Licenses for these tracts would be renewed beginning with the 2004 crop year. Because of affects of changing demographics and the economy on licensees, TVA has dropped 24 tracts totaling 245.5 acres from the program.

The Action (preferred) Alternative is to license all tracts. As described in the original EAs and this SEA, TVA has concluded that potential impacts to surface water, wetlands, cultural resources, aquatic ecology, and state and federally listed species would be insignificant from a continuation of its agricultural licensing program. Under the No Action Alternative, TVA would not renew licenses for any of the tracts currently in its agricultural licensing program. Environmental impacts of this change would also be minimal.

Mitigation, in the form of avoidance and compliance measures, would be as described in the attached final SEA.

Documents

The supplemental environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact can be viewed by section, as noted below (PDF files, require Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Agricultural Licensing Renewal (PDF file, 309 kb)

Maps (PDF file. 3.6 Mb)

FONSI (PDF file, 96 kb)

For further information, or if you would like to receive a printed copy, please contact:

Stanford E. Davis
TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Dr. WT 8C
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-632-2915
E-mail: sedavis2@tva.gov

 

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