How TVA Safeguards its Dams

With a possible dam failure making national news, many wonder: Could such a thing happen here? With a robust Dam Safety Program in place, TVA ensures both dam integrity and public safety.

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Space Man

As an architect in charge of optimizing real estate for TVA's power plants, it's all in a days work for Jim Vineyard to cull and condense, recycle and reuse. And he's more energized by his career than ever before.

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The Town that Wouldn’t Drown

Butler, Tenn., was constantly inundated with floodwaters from the Watauga River—that is, before TVA built Watauga Dam and moved the whole town to higher ground.

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The Unified Development of the Tennessee River plan stressed TVA was to provide flood control, navigation and electricity for the region. TVAs dams are tangible evidence of its primary mission: improving life in the Tennessee Valley. We’re celebrating the 80th anniversary of the plan with a yearlong look at 25 dams it inspired.