TVA to Lower Melton Hill Reservoir for Annual Cleanup Day

March 11, 2015

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority will temporarily lower Melton Hill Reservoir for 13 days later this month so property owners can repair docks, stabilize shorelines and pick up litter to get ready for summer.

The lake will be lowered from Wednesday, March 18, through Monday, March 30, although the speed of this process is contingent upon rainfall.

Taking advantage of the lower water levels, the annual Melton Hill River Rescue cleanup day will be held on Saturday, March 21. In case of bad weather, a make-up day will be held the following Saturday, March 28.

TVA will hold the reservoir between elevations 790 and 792 feet above sea level during the drawdown period. On March 30, the reservoir will begin refilling to its normal level of 794 feet above sea level. The refill speed is dependent on rainfall and weather conditions.

For information on reservoir cleanup activities, including how to obtain gloves and trash bags for the cleanup, contact TVA’s Public Land Information Center at 800-882-5263. Center personnel can also provide information on private docks and shoreline stabilization.

Up-to-date information on all of TVA’s reservoirs and river systems is available at TVA’s website or on TVA’s free iOS and Android apps.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 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.


Jim Hopson
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000
(865) 632-8860