Proposed Amendment to the Watts Bar Reservoir Land Management Plan

TVA proposes to change the land use allocations for six parcels of public land on Watts Bar Reservoir, affecting a total of 226 acres of TVA land in Rhea and Roane counties in east Tennessee.

Update November 19, 2018

TVA has released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) that considers the environmental impacts associated with proposed changes to the land use allocations on six parcels of TVA public land affecting 226 acres on Watts Bar Reservoir. The Draft SEA and Draft Watts Bar Reservoir Land Plan Amendment are available for public review and comment under the “Documents” heading below. TVA will accept public comments until December 18, 2018.

Public comment is invited concerning the proposed allocation changes and potential effects on the environment or historic properties, and any other issues associated with the proposed changes.

Proposed Allocation Changes

TVA-managed public lands on Watts Bar Reservoir are within Loudon, Meigs, Rhea and Roane counties in east Tennessee and the proposed allocation changes are on parcels within Rhea and Roane counties. The Draft SEA considers the environmental impacts associated with the proposed modifications to the land use allocations for the following six parcels or portions of parcels in the table below. Click on the parcel number below for additional information.

Parcel
Acreage
Current Allocation
Proposed Allocation Change Description
89 35.0 Zone 4—Natural Resource Conservation Change 0.4-acre portion (new Parcel 89a) of the 35.0-acre Parcel 89 to Zone 7 — Shoreline Access
144 172.3 Zone 3—Sensitive Resource Management Change entire 172.3-acre parcel to Zone 2 — Project Operations
153 40.6 Excluded from 2009 RLMP

Change entire 40.6-acre parcel to Zone 7 — Shoreline Access

197 36.8 Zone 7—Shoreline Access Change 10.2-acre portion (new Parcel 197a) of the 36.8-acre Parcel 197 to Zone 6 — Developed Recreation
256 34.2 Zone 7—Shoreline Access Change 0.1-acre portion (new Parcel 256a) of the 34.2-acre Parcel 256 to Zone 4 — Natural Resource Conservation
271 14.0 Zone 4—Natural Resource Conservation    Change 2.4-acre portion (new Parcel 271a) of the 14.0-acre Parcel 271 to Zone 6 — Developed Recreation

The proposed land use allocation changes are consistent with the land use allocation ranges in the Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP). The CVLP allocates a certain percentage of land for each of the seven land use zones (with the exception of Zone 1, Non-TVA Shoreland) across the entire Valley.

Public Involvement

TVA held a scoping period in October and November 2017 to solicit public comments on the proposed changes to the land use allocations on these six parcels on Watts Bar Reservoir. During this period, TVA received input regarding the action’s potential to affect the environment or historic properties as well as other issues associated with the proposed allocation changes. TVA completed a Scoping Report which summarizes the outreach effort and contains the comments and concerns raised by the public and other agencies. The Scoping Report is available below.

Documents

After reviewing and considering the public’s scoping input, TVA has prepared a Draft SEA to analyze the environmental consequences of the proposed allocation changes. This environmental review is a supplement to the 2009 Watts Bar RLMP and Environmental Impact Statement.

Comments may be submitted by email to landplans@tva.gov or by mail to the addresses below and must be received on or before December 18, 2018. Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

Draft Watts Bar Land Plan Amendment and Supplemental EA:

  • Volume I (Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment)
  • Volume II (Draft Watts Bar Land Plan Amendment)

Maps

Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:

Contacts

Comments may be submitted by email to landplans@tva.gov or by mail to the addresses below. 

For more information about reservoir lands planning, please contact:

Kelly R. Baxter
Senior Specialist, Reservoir Lands Planning
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Dr., WT 11D
Knoxville, Tenn. 37902
(865) 632-2444
krbaxter@tva.gov

For more information about the environmental review, please contact:

W. Douglas White
Senior Specialist, National Environmental Policy Act
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Dr., WT 11D
Knoxville, Tenn. 37902
(865) 632-2252
wdwhite0@tva.gov