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Reservoir land planning continues

TVA is in the process of developing plans to guide the management of public lands around Watts Bar Reservoir and 18 tributary reservoirs.

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Community stakeholders provided comments at a June 2008 scoping meeting at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee, on management alternatives for TVA public land on Douglas and Nolichucky reservoirs.

Reservoir land management plans help to minimize conflict and guide decisions on requests for use of TVA-managed public land. In developing land plans, TVA encourages input from people who use the reservoir for recreation, own adjacent property, or have other interests in how reservoir lands are managed. This input helps TVA identify suitable and appropriate uses for each parcel of land. Lands are then allocated to specific uses—for example, resource conservation, developed recreation, shoreline access, and industrial use—based on this input and on environmental and socioeconomic data.

A brief update on the status of reservoir land management planning is provided below.

Watts Bar Reservoir

The Watts Bar Reservoir Land Management Plan includes about 16,220 acres of TVA-managed public land. TVA issued an amended draft environmental impact statement in 2007, which identifies three alternatives for managing Watts Bar reservoir lands: continuing management under the existing land management plan from 1988; a conservation-and-recreation alternative, which would emphasize natural resource conservation and informal recreation activities; and a development-and-recreation alternative, which would designate the majority of land for natural resource conservation and informal recreation but also provide for limited industrial use and developed recreation on lands allocated for those purposes.

The development-and-recreation alternative is TVA’s preferred alternative. The final environmental impact statement, which incorporates public comments, is now available. The preferred alternative should be presented to the TVA Board of Directors later this spring. Learn more.

Apalachia, Blue Ridge, Chatuge, Fontana, Hiwassee, Nottely, Ocoee No. 1, Ocoee No. 2, and Ocoee No. 3 Reservoirs

The Mountain Reservoir Land Management Plan includes about 6,200 acres surrounding nine reservoirs located in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. TVA issued a draft environmental impact statement in summer 2008. Public comments and resource data are being used to develop a preferred alternative. This alternative will be described and evaluated in the final environmental impact statement, which will be available in early summer 2009. Implementation of the plan could begin as early as late summer contingent on approval by the TVA Board of Directors. Learn more.

Beaver Creek, Boone, Clear Creek, Fort Patrick Henry, South Holston, Watauga, and Wilbur Reservoirs

The Northeastern Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan covers about 5,000 acres along seven tributary reservoirs in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Public comment on existing use of the affected reservoirs, preferred land use allocations, and environmental issues was received in May and June 2008 and summarized in a scoping report.

This report, released in September 2008, identifies three land management alternatives: a no-action alternative (under which TVA would not adopt a new land management plan), a conservation-and-recreation alternative, and a conservation-and-natural resource management alternative. TVA is developing a draft environmental impact statement, which will describe the positive and negative impacts of these alternatives. Public comment on this document will begin in summer 2009. Learn more.

Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs

The land management plan for Douglas and Nolichucky reservoirs will include about 3,100 acres of TVA-managed public land. Public comments received in June and July 2008 were summarized in a December 2008 scoping report, which identifies three land management alternatives: a no-action alternative (under which TVA would not adopt a new land management plan), a proposed land use plan alternative, and a modified land use plan alternative. TVA currently is developing a draft environmental impact statement, which will describe the positive and negative impacts of these alternatives. Public comment on this document will begin in summer 2009. Learn more.

 

 

           
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