Planning for the future of TVA-managed lands
The TVA Board of Directors approved a new land policy in November 2006 and, soon after, TVA began scheduling land management planning for all TVA-managed lands in its seven-state service area. Some reservoirs had been planned in the past, but others had never been planned before.
The reservoir land planning process is a systematic method of identifying and evaluating the most suitable use of public land under TVA stewardship for the next 10 years. The goal is to provide a clear vision of how TVA will manage specific tracts of land in order to minimize conflicting land uses and guide decisions on requests for use of public land. Plans are developed with participation from public agencies and officials, private organizations, and individuals.
Five reservoir planning efforts are currently underway. A brief update on the status of each is provided below.
Watts Bar Reservoir
TVA is finalizing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and approval of the plan for managing the 16,200 acres surrounding Watts Bar Reservoir is expected to be on the agenda for the August TVA Board meeting. The preferred alternative in the EIS is alternative B, which would allocate 1,253 acres of land for industrial use; 1,622 acres for recreation; and about 7,500 acres for sensitive and natural resource use. The main factor distinguishing alternative B is that the Clinch River Breeder Reactor site will be zoned for TVA project operations with a buffer for sensitive resources. Learn more.
The Mountain Reservoir Land Management Plan includes 6,200 acres surrounding Apalachia, Blue Ridge, Chatuge, Fontana, Hiwassee, Nottely and Ocoee 1 (Parksville), Ocoee 2 and Ocoee 3 reservoirs. Public comments were solicited and received in June 2007. A total of 473 comments were received. Those comments are being used to develop the land management plan alternatives and a draft EIS that allows TVA to consider how the recommended zonings will affect the environment. The draft EIS will be available for public comment mid summer. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for this project, please e-mail Mountain_Reservoirs@tva. gov or call 1-800-TVA-LAND. Information also will be available in area newspapers. Learn more.
Beaver Creek, Boone, Clear Creek, Fort Patrick Henry, South Holston, Watauga, and Wilbur Reservoirs
The Northeast Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan covers approximately 5,000 acres along seven tributary reservoirs: Beaver Creek, Boone, Clear Creek, Fort Patrick Henry, South Holston, Watauga, and Wilbur. TVA received public comments at an open house on May 20 in Blountville, TN. Additional comments may be provided by mail, e-mail, the TVA Web site, or phone before the comment period ends on June 5, 2008. The planning team will incorporate the public’s comments into a draft EIS which will indicate a preferred alternative. The draft EIS will be available in the spring of 2009. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for this project, please e-mail Northeastern_Tributary_Reservoirs@tva. gov or call 1-866-601-4612. Learn more.
Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs
The 3,109 acres of TVA-managed land on Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs will be considered together. The comment period for these two reservoirs begins June 1 and ends July 1. TVA will hold a public meeting to gather input on the uses of this land on June 12 at Walters State Community College in Morristown. The planning team will incorporate the public’s comments into a draft EIS, which will be available in spring 2009. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for this project, please e-mail Douglas-Nolichucky_Reservoirs@tva. gov or call 1-866-601-4612. More information about this plan will be available on June 1.
Because a plan for the land surrounding Cherokee Reservoir was developed in 2001, TVA will release a supplemental Environmental Assessment separately from the Northeast Tributary Land Management Plan. A 30-day public comment period is scheduled to begin in February 2009. If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for this project, please e-mail Cherokee_Reservoir @tva. gov or call 1-800-TVA-LAND.