TVA To Lower Level of Melton Hill Reservoir; Cleanup Day Set
March 14, 2011
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority will temporarily lower the water level of Melton Hill Reservoir from Friday, March 25, through Sunday, April 3, to allow property owners to repair docks, stabilize shoreline and help pick up litter.
Melton Hill's annual River Rescue cleanup day will be held Saturday, April 2. Similar events on Fort Loudoun and Watts Bar reservoirs also will be conducted on April 2.
For information about cleanup locations on TVA reservoirs, and where to get trash bags and gloves for litter pickup or for information about private docks or shoreline stabilization, contact TVA's Environmental Information Center at 800-882-5263.
TVA will hold the water level of Melton Hill Reservoir between elevations 790 to 792 feet above sea level until April 3, when TVA will begin raising the reservoir level to its seasonal elevation of 795 feet above sea level for summer recreation.
For real-time reservoir information on the Tennessee River system and tributaries, go to www.tva.com/river/lakeinfo.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce about 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA's service territory are below the national average.
Travis Brickey, Knoxville, (865) 632-6263
Media Relations, Knoxville (865) 632-6000