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Bristol Flood Reduction

Washington County, Virginia, and Sullivan County, Tennessee

As a result of a history of damaging floods and development of the floodplain, and upon request, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District (USACE) prepared an environmental assessment (EA) evaluating various alternative ways to address flood damage reduction along Beaver Creek for the cities of Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia (Twin Cities). The existing conditions and potential impacts of the viable proposed alternatives were identified and impacts assessed. A flood damage reduction study and detailed project report were also prepared in accordance with Section 205 of the 1948 Flood Control Act. The accompanying USACE EA was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), CEQ regulations (40 CFR, 1500-1517), and the regulations of the USACE and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) implementing NEPA. TVA was a cooperating agency in the EA.

The preferred alternative includes structural stream channel modifications, removal of obstructions, and replacement or modification of the inlet structure at TVA's Beaver Creek Detention Dam. On March 8, 2006, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was signed adopting the USACE EA.

Final detailed designs and plans for implementing the flood reduction measures are still being finalized. TVA will approve the project under Section 26a of the TVA Act upon receipt of a permit application from the Twin Cities and following a brief review to ensure that the final proposed actions have been assessed.


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Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 47 kb)


A copy of the USACE final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact document can be provided upon request.

Stanford E. Davis
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Dr. WT 9B
Knoxville, TN 37902

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