Permanent Moorage of the Delta Queen Steamboat in Chattanooga
Nickajack Reservoir, Hamilton County, Tennessee
The City of Chattanooga proposes to upgrade existing dock facilities at Coolidge Park in downtown Chattanooga to accommodate the permanent moorage of the Delta Queen Steamboat. These actions, including the proposed permanent moorage, require a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and approval from TVA under Section 26a of the TVA Act. Proposed dock improvements include the addition of two new docking platforms (i.e., one at the bow and another between the vessel and the shoreline). Anchoring would consist of a combination of steel stiff arms, steel wire cables, and existing concrete anchors imbedded on the shoreline. A debris deflector would be installed at the stern of the vessel. The Delta Queen would be operated as a floating hotel, restaurant, and entertainment attraction.
USACE evaluated the potential environmental effects of the proposed dock improvement and permanent moorage and prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to document these findings. TVA has decided to adopt the USACE EA. TVA issued a finding of no significant impact on August 30, 2011. The TVA document is presented below.
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To request information or a copy of the documents, contact:
James F. Williamson, Senior NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902