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Section 26a of the TVA Act

Construction and Operation Standards

TVA has adopted construction , maintenance, and operation standards for facilities and activities on , over, or along the Tennessee River and its tributaries, including all TVA reservoirs. Where specific standards are not available for the intended construction activity, applicants should contact the appropriate TVA Regional Watershed Office for guidance and information on proper submittal of their Section 26a application.


The links below provide information on standards for certain types of structures and equipment.

Residential shoreline structures
Nonnavigable houseboats
Indefinite or temporary moorage of recreational vessels
Fish attractor construction and placement
Navigation restrictions
Development in flood-control zones
Fuel-storage tanks
Wastewater outfalls and septic systems
Marine sanitation devices
Flotation devices and material

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Note: Site specific conditions may impact the review and approval of your application. Applying does not guarantee approval. Contact your local regional watershed office for more information and clarification.

Rivers With Special Construction Standards

Clinch River

French Broad & Holston Rivers

Hiwassee River

Tellico River



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