TVA Reschedules Repair Work at West Sandy Dewatering Project
Repairs will not impact duck hunting season
June 12, 2012
HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is rescheduling repairs on the West Sandy Dewatering Project on Kentucky Reservoir in Henry County, Tenn., to accommodate the winter duck-hunting season.
After evaluating alternative methods to repair critical components on the pumping station, TVA has decided on a different approach and schedule than previously announced. The new repair method and schedule will allow for the continuation of the 2012-2013 winter waterfowl hunting season in the dewatering project area.
The pumping station at the West Sandy Dewatering Project must be repaired to continue seasonal flooding that supports waterfowl habitat in Henry County. TVA, in coordination with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, previously announced a project schedule that would lower West Sandy water levels throughout the next two winter waterfowl seasons. However, TVA and outside engineers found a solution that allows this work to begin before the 2012-2013 winter waterfowl season opens in the popular hunting area.
“After receiving public input at our informational meeting in April, TVA and its project engineers looked for different ways to safely complete the work while accommodating the winter hunting season,” said Evan Crews, TVA Reservoir Property and Resource Management senior manager. “They identified a solution to keep water out of the pump house without waiting for Kentucky Reservoir to drop to its lower winter level.”
This early start will allow the repairs to be completed before the dewatering area fills in the winter and preserves the safety of TVA workers, which is the first priority, Crews said.
“TVA’s plan is to start repairs and maintenance on both sides of the pump house this summer,” said Crews. “With this new work schedule and weather permitting, hunters can expect normal water levels in West Sandy this winter season.”
As in previous years, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will plant corn in the West Sandy Wildlife Management Area and conduct its regular blind draw for 2012-2013. TVA will flood the West Sandy Dewatering Project area this winter on its normal schedule, depending on rainfall in the area.
The West Sandy Dewatering Project was built in 1944 and has been operating at reduced capacity for the last several years because of age and wear on its large electric pumps and gates. The West Sandy Dewatering Project consists of 6,373 acres managed jointly by TVA and TWRA, including about 2,800 acres of seasonally wet to dry pool area. Approximately 92,000 acres drain into the West Sandy Dewatering Project.
TVA, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Travis Brickey, Knoxville, (865) 632-6263
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000