Recommendation on TVAs Navigation Responsibilities
and Issues on the Tennessee River System
by the Regional Resource Stewardship Council on August 29, 2001
Navigation Infrastructure Subcommittee concludes that to maintain and
build navigational assets for the Tennessee Valley for the good of the
region and nation, it is imperative that an integrated river system be
maintained at the highest level of effectiveness.
concludes that TVA, in accordance with its original core mission, has
done and should continue to do an efficient and creditable job of managing
its water resources and navigation functions.
the subcommittee makes the following recommendations to the full Regional
Resource Stewardship Council that:
TVA continue its integrated management of the Tennessee River system.
Navigation infrastructure be maintained and improved in order to
continue operations at optimal levels.
The system is in immediate jeopardy due to the need for a new replacement
lock at Chickamauga Dam. Replacement of the lock is a priority.
TVA fully support the lock addition project at Kentucky Dam.
The Regional Resource Stewardship Council strongly advocate the
use of federal funds to maintain and improve the Tennessee Waterway system.
Necessary funding be provided in an equitable and timely manner.
TVA continue its strategic partnerships with other federal agencies
to ensure continuity of operation and maintenance of the Tennessee River
system and explore additional funding opportunities.
The economic costs and benefits of an increased minimum navigation
channel depth be evaluated. This should be part of any comprehensive analysis
of operational changes to the multiple-purpose river system.