Regional Resource Stewardship Council Continues Review of TVA Natural Resource Plan
June 28, 2011
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Tennessee Valley Authority's Regional Resource Stewardship Council will review TVA's draft Natural Resource Plan on Wednesday, June 29, at the Brasstown Valley Resort.
The council will review an updated draft of the plan, which covers a range of program areas associated with biological, cultural, water and recreational resources, and reservoir lands planning. Discussion will include historical spending on these areas, Natural Resource Plan funding and implementation, and incorporating advice from the RRSC at its April meeting.
The council advises TVA on the operation of its dams and reservoirs, including responsibility for navigation, flood control, reservoir water quality, cultural resources and wildlife protection, and management of public lands and recreation. Created in 2000, the 20-member panel is the key stakeholder review group for the Natural Resource Plan.
"We are getting policy guidance from the council on how TVA should manage the stewardship responsibilities associated with the numerous natural and cultural resources on the public lands and shorelines that TVA manages as part of the integrated river system," said Anda Ray, senior vice president of Environment & Technology.
Council meetings are open to the public and will be in session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 29. The sessions will take place at Brasstown Valley Resort, 6321 U.S. Highway 76, Young Harris, Georgia.
A public comment session will be held at 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 29. Anyone interested in making comments should register at the door by 1 p.m. Speakers are asked to limit remarks to five minutes. Up to an hour will be allotted for public comments, with participation on a first-come basis. Written comments are also invited and may be mailed to the Regional Resource Stewardship Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 or faxed to (865) 632-2345. Comments may be made directly to council members through the council website at http://www.tva.com/rrsc. For more information, call the council records officer at (865) 632-6113.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce about 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA's service territory are below the national average.
Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000