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River Front Development LLC – Elk River

Wheeler Reservoir, Limestone County, Alabama

On November 30, 2009, TVA completed a jointly prepared final environmental assessment (FEA) and issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on a proposal by River Front Development LLC at Mile 7.3, right bank of the Elk River on Wheeler Reservoir, Limestone County, Alabama. The proposal included dredging, bank stabilization, and construction and operation of a community dock, boat ramp, and courtesy dock in conjunction with River Front’s commercial dry-stack boat storage facility and back-lying residential development along the Elk River. The actions were proposed to provide water access and enhanced recreation opportunity for residents of the planned adjoining community as well as access and commercial boat storage to the public. The proposed shoreline alterations require TVA approval under Section 26a of the TVA Act and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) approval under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. 

TVA and the Corps evaluated the effects of the original plans for the community dock, boat ramp, and courtesy dock. Based on preliminary review, the modified proposed dredge has been reduced in length, and now, roughly 7,000 cubic yards of reservoir bottom would be removed to accommodate recreational boat access to the ramp and cove. No riprap would be placed in the back of the embayment but would be needed on both sides of the proposed ramp. The proposed fixed boardwalk to access the community dock facility would be constructed immediately adjacent to and a minimum of 2 feet above the normal summer pool shoreline, elevation 556.0 mean sea level. The FEA and FONSI are presented below.


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TVA Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 175 kb)

Final Environmental Assessment (PDF, 6.2 mb)

Appendices to the Final Environmental Assessment
Appendix A (PDF, 417 kb)
Joint Public Notice 08-19

Appendix B (PDF, 305 kb)
Inspection Required for Permit Processing

Appendix C (PDF, 311 kb)
Modified Project Plans and Drawings

Appendix D (PDF, 3.0 mb)
Joint Public Notice Responses

Appendix E (PDF, 60 kb)
Applicant’s Rebuttal to the Joint Public Notice Responses

Appendix F (PDF, 1.8 mb)
Alabama State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Consultation Correspondence

Appendix G (PDF, 791 kb)
Comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment

Appendix H (PDF, 152 kb)
Responses to the Shoals Environmental Alliance and Center for Biological Diversity Comments


For more information or a copy of the documents, contact:
Stanford E. Davis, Senior NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone:  865-632-2915; Fax: 865-632-3451



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