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Douglas and Nolichucky Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan

Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, and Sevier Counties, Tennessee


On August 25, 2010, TVA issued a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the Douglas and Nolichucky Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan (DNTRLMP). The FEIS examines the potential effects of alternative ways of managing TVA’s public lands on two tributary reservoirs in the northeast Tennessee Valley region. The proposed land plan would address about 3,191 acres of TVA-managed land on Douglas and Nolichucky reservoirs.  Under a new plan, land would be allocated into broad categories or “zones” including Project Operations, Sensitive Resource Management, Natural Resource Conservation, Industrial, Developed Recreation, and Shoreline Access.

The FEIS considers three alternatives and incorporates TVA’s November 2006 Land Policy and comments received on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) in March-April 2010.  Each alternative allocates various tracts of TVA-managed land to specific uses.  These allocations are the foundation of the land management plans that will support TVA goals, balance competing demands, respond to the needs of our stakeholders, and meet our responsibilities to protect natural and cultural resources. One of the alternatives is the No Action Alternative (Alternative A), under which TVA would not prepare a land management plan and would continue management under the Forecast System established in 1965 for Douglas Reservoir.  Because the Nolichucky Reservoir was not planned under the Forecast System and does not have a previous land management plan, TVA-managed land would be subject to existing commitments and land use agreements as well as the TVA Shoreline Management Policy and Land Policy. 

Under Alternatives B and C, TVA would adopt land management plans for the individual reservoirs and allocate land to different zones.  Under Alternatives B (Proposed Land Use Alternative) and C (Modified Land Use Alternative), two reservoir land management plans would be created for Douglas and Nolichucky reservoirs.  Under all alternatives, existing land use commitments and agreements would be honored.  The alternatives differ in the allocation of parcels to various land uses, which was determined by factors including the existing land use, suitability and capability for specific uses, presence of sensitive resources, public comments, and other opportunities identified during public scoping.  TVA’s preferred alternative is Alternative C. 

Public Involvement

TVA accepted comments on the DEIS and DNTRLMP from March 12, 2010, through April 26, 2010.  A public meeting was held on April 6, 2010, in Newport, Tennessee. All comments received were addressed in the FEIS, which is posted on this site.  The TVA Board of Directors is scheduled to select an alternative to implement at a board meeting in November 2010.  A Record of Decision will then be issued and available here. 


The FEIS and DNTRLMP are available at the links below.  PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Paper or compact disc copies may be requested from the contacts listed below.

Errata Sheet (PDF, 8kb)
A listing of corrections to the FEIS.

Final Environmental Impact Statement
The FEIS in its entirety may be downloaded by clicking on the link below. The FEIS has also been divided into sections for faster downloading.

Complete Volume I:  Final Environmental Impact Statement
Includes the complete text and appendices of the FEIS.

Volume I: Summary and Table of Contents
Includes an abstract, a summary of the issues and alternatives considered the table of contents for the FEIS, and a table of acronyms and abbreviations.

Volume I: Chapter 1 - Purpose of and Need for Action
Background information, purpose and need, the decision, other pertinent environmental reviews and documentation, the scoping process, and necessary federal permits, licenses, and consultations.

Volume I: Chapter 2 - Alternatives Including the Proposed Action
The allocation process, alternatives, comparison of alternatives, impacts summary, the preferred alternative.

Volume I: Chapter 3 - Affected Environment
Overview of Douglas and Nolichucky reservoirs, indentified resources, other issues of concern in the area around the two tributary reservoirs.

Volume I: Chapter 4 - Environmental Consequences
Discussion of environmental consequences under the three alternatives for each specified resource.

Volume I: Chapters 5, 6, and 7 - Supporting Information
Lists of preparers, agencies and individuals receiving copies, literature cited, and glossary of terms.

Volume I: Appendix A - TVA Land Policy

Volume I: Appendix B - Scoping Information

Volume I: Appendix C - Forecast System Designations

Volume I: Appendix D - Conversion Tables

Volume I: Appendix E - Supporting Data

Volume I: Appendix F - Public Comments and Responses

Volume I: Index - Listing of terms and corresponding page number(s) of occurrence

Volume II: Douglas Reservoir Land Management Plan
TVA-managed public land surrounding Douglas Reservoir, planning process, regional overview, parcel descriptions, literature cited, glossary, and allocation map. 

Volume III: Nolichucky Reservoir Land Management Plan
TVA-managed public land surrounding Nolichucky Reservoir, planning process, regional overview, parcel descriptions, literature cited, glossary, and allocation map. 

Other Related Documents

View maps of the TVA-managed lands on Douglas and Nolichucky reservoirs

Read general information on the land planning process

For additional information:

To make a comment or obtain a copy of the FEIS, contact:
Douglas and Nolichucky Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan
ATTN: Amy Henry
TVA NEPA Compliance
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Phone:  (865) 632-4045





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