Public Comment Sought on TVA Reservoir Land Management Plan

March 04, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment as it reviews and updates the way it manages thousands of acres of land to best serve the people of the Valley.

Reservoir Land Management Plans for eight TVA reservoirs – Chickamauga, Fort Loudoun, Great Falls, Kentucky, Nickajack, Normandy, Wheeler and Wilson – will be updated through the development of an Environmental Impact Statement. Public input during the EIS scoping period helps ensure that issues and opportunities are identified so they can be appropriately addressed.

“As part of TVA’s mission of service, we must properly manage the biological, cultural, recreational and water resources entrusted to us throughout the Valley,” said Heather Montgomery, program manager for TVA’s land use. “Land use needs and requirements have changed over time, so we want to make sure we have the best possible plan for allocating these valuable public resources for the future.”

Public lands around each reservoir are zoned for various uses designed to optimize benefits and minimize conflicts for all stakeholders. Updates made to individual Reservoir Land Management Plans will also be used to revise the Comprehensive Valley-Wide Land Plan.

Maps and additional information about the plans can be found at www.tva.gov/landplanreview.

Public comments on the EIS scoping period will be accepted through Monday, April 4, and all input will be considered during the creation of the plans. Comments can be submitted online, via email to mshigdon@tva.gov, or in writing to Matthew Higdon, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tenn., 37902.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


Contact

Jim Hopson
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000

tvainfo@tva.gov
(865) 632-8860