TVA Lowering Level of Melton Hill Reservoir for Annual Shoreline Maintenance

March 03, 2020

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority will temporarily lower the water level of Melton Hill Reservoir from Monday, March 16, through Saturday, March 30, to allow property owners to repair docks, stabilize shoreline and pick up litter.

 The reservoir’s water level will be held between 790 and 792 feet above sea level – approximately two-to-four feet below its current level – during this period. The exact rate of the drawdown will depend on weather conditions and may vary with rainfall amounts. Also, increased releases from Norris Dam due to recent rains may result in higher elevations upstream of Melton Hill Reservoir in the Clinch River channel, even during drawdown. Melton Hill is scheduled to be returned to its normal winter elevation of 794 feet by March 30.

Please use caution when working in or around water and shoreline areas. If you plan on adding a dock or any shoreline stabilization along a TVA reservoir, find out more about the necessary permits here

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TVA Public Relations
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Knoxville, TN