Environmental Stewardship

We are committed to clean air and a clean water supply for our region, as well as protecting its historical, cultural and environmental resources. We take great care of our 293,000 acres of public land and 11,000 miles of shoreline on behalf of the people of the Tennessee Valley.

Air Quality

In tandem with our mission to provide safe and reliable power across the Tennessee Valley, we work hard to improve air quality. Read about our aggressive emission controls, state-of-the-art technology and ongoing research in this area.

Water Quality

As part of TVA's role as an environmental steward of the Tennessee Valley, we work with federal and state partners to maintain a clean and safe water supply. That means we monitor river systems, certify clean marinas and do much more to support aquatic health.

Land Management

From protecting cultural resources to ensuring environmental integrity, we always carefully measure the effects of our activities when making improvements to TVA public lands, offering lands for public recreational use or using land for economic development.

Environmental Reviews

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies like TVA to consider the impacts of actions on human health before making decisions. TVA ensures that it is doing all it can to protect, restore and enhance the human environment in the Tennessee Valley.

Guide to Aquatic Plants

Loved by fishermen, aquatic plants—or weeds, as they're known—provide cover for predatory fish, such as bass. Here's how to tell them apart, how to fish them and how to understand when and why they need management

Volunteering at TVA

Want to make a difference to the Tennessee Valley region? Volunteer at TVA and be part of our mission of service—to provide regional environmental stewardship, reliable power and economic development.

Coal Combustion Residuals

In April 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency passed regulations—generally known as the CCR Rule—that govern the disposal of coal ash (coal combustion residuals or CCRs).

EPA Mitigation Projects

Clean energy, clean air: TVA has agreed with the EPA to undertake these groundbreaking energy efficiency programs in line with its vision for a leaner, cleaner future.

Natural Resource Plan

TVA is unique among power generators in that it was created to not only empower the economic aspects of Southeast society but also to protect and improve the natural resources of the Tennessee Valley region.

Environmental Stewardship at Gallatin

TVA takes a broad approach to environmental stewardship as part of its mission of service. At Gallatin—as with every fossil plant—that means assuring that air and water stay quality high.

Integrated Resource Plan

TVA's IRP is a planning roadmap to 2033 that explores the ways the agency can continue to meet power demand in new and innovative ways while balancing demands for environmental stewardship and economic development.

Cumberland Environmental Investigation Plan

TVA has prepared an Environmental Investigation Plan (EIP) outlining how it will conduct a comprehensive environmental investigation of the coal combustion residuals stored at its Cumberland Fossil Plant. TVA is conducting these environmental studies under the oversight of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The EIP is available for public review and comment through May 25, 2018.