July 9, 2007
Exchange of water-access rights
Watts Bar Reservoir, Rhea and Roane Counties, Tennessee
The Cove at Blackberry Ridge LLC has submitted a request to relinquish 150 feet of water-access rights in Rhea County in exchange for obtaining 145 feet of water-access rights along the shoreline of Watts Bar Reservoir in Roane County. The applicant offers to establish a 50-foot buffer zone along the shoreline to be relinquished. This accords with TVA’s maintain-and-gain policy under its Shoreline Management Policy, which ensures the maintenance of shorelines and the gain of additional public benefits if lands are to be exchanged.
The applicant is proposing a 20-slip community boat dock facility and a 12-foot-wide concrete boat-launch ramp along the 145 feet of requested shoreline access.
The proposal also contains an offer to partner with TVA in funding a shoreline stabilization project on Wading Bird Island, located on Watts Bar Reservoir in Roane County.
TVA is interested in receiving comments on the potential of the proposed action to affect the environment or historic properties, and would like to identify any other issues associated with this proposal. These comments will be used to help TVA reach a decision on the proposed action.
Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.
All written comments on this proposed action must be received on or before August 18, 2007, and should be directed to:
David B. Harrell
TVA Watts Bar - Clinch Watershed Team
260 Interchange Park Lane
Lenoir City, TN 37772-5664