Meadowview Aquatic Center
On July 8, 2011, TVA issued a finding of no significant impact for the 26a approval of two stream crossings associated with the construction of the Meadowview Aquatic Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. On May 18, 2010, the City of Kingsport (City) applied for Section 26a approval for about 191 feet of stream reconstruction on two unnamed tributaries to Horse Creek, in Sullivan County, Tennessee. The City proposed to develop a 46,400-square-foot aquatic center, a YMCA facility, outdoor recreational area, and associated parking lots and roads at the site. One crossing would be 90 feet of 8-foot by 4-foot bottomless box culvert, and the other would be 101 feet of 30-inch pipe culvert. Construction of the facilities would impact approximately 15.5 acres of jurisdictional wetlands.
TVA cooperated with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the development of an environmental assessment (EA) to consider environmental impacts. The EA, which was finalized on May 31, 2011, focuses on potential impacts to wetlands and water quality. On-site mitigation for the stream crossings would consist of stream enhancement that includes riparian plantings for 150 feet along both banks of an unnamed tributary to Horse Creek. Impacts to the approximately 15.5 acres of jurisdictional wetlands would be mitigated on site and off site and would total 70.9 acres of wetland reconstruction and preservation at four sites.
For additional information or a printed copy of the document, please contact:
Richard L. Toennisson
Contract Senior NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902