Resource Stewardship Council
Policy Recommendations on TVA’s Management
of Public Lands
by the Regional Resource Stewardship Council on May 18, 2001
public lands are a public good. Therefore they should be utilized and
managed for long-term benefits as determined by an informed and fully
representative public involved in planning and decisionmaking.
- TVA is the appropriate
entity to continue management of the public lands under their stewardship.
- Water quality
should be a number one consideration.
- TVA should continue
with land use plans scheduled and update others periodically, as well
as actively manage and implement plans with appropriate management techniques.
- To contribute
to the sustainability of the region, TVA should balance multiple benefits,
including conservation, economic development, and recreation.
- A balanced set
of recreational experiences should be provided on TVA-managed lands.
- TVA-managed property
currently evaluated as appropriate for industrial development should
be included in the site selector system and made available for potential
- Future industrial,
commercial, and residential development should enhance natural resource
conservation by incorporating innovative site planning and design techniques.
2. Funding for public
land management should not be unduly borne by ratepayers. Additional funding
sources, new or enhanced partnerships, and creative approaches are critical
to the long-term effective management of TVAs public land resources
and the overall well being of the region and the nation. Local, state
and other agencies of the federal government, in addition to private associations
and entities, should actively assist TVA in finding new funding, establishing
partnerships, and developing creative funding approaches.
- Legislators of
the region should periodically explore the feasibility of resuming federal
appropriations at some point in the future for TVAs unique and
historic stewardship and public responsibilities.
- Economic sustainability
for both new and existing activities/facilities should be examined.
- TVA should examine
fee structures and full reimbursement as methods to recoup all or an
appropriate part of the costs of public lands management.
- TVAs debt
and the need to keep rates competitive with deregulation on the horizon
should be kept in mind.
- TVA should ensure
that adequate levels of maintenance services for existing recreation
facilities are provided.
3. Decisions made
in the future relative to TVA Public Lands should be guided by scientific
research, substantive public input, and the needs of an integrated river
4. TVA should build
in the capacity to change, be more accepting of change and adaptable to
the changing environment and needs of communities, particularly as it
relates to customer service. TVA has made some improvements in its customer
responsiveness. However, continued improvement is warranted in customer
interactions relating to implementing shoreline management policies and
working with the public on lake level fluctuations.