Reservoir land planning update
Reservoir land management plans allocate TVA-managed land for specific uses and guide land use approvals, private water-use facility permitting, and resource management decisions. TVA considers comments from the public, state and federal agencies, stakeholder groups, public officials, and distributors of TVA power to assist in development of a preferred alternative for the uses of TVA land.
TVA currently has four land management plans under way:
Watts Bar Reservoir Land Management Plan
In February 2009, TVA issued a final environmental impact statement (FEIS), which identifies a preferred alternative for managing about 16,220 acres of TVA-managed public land on Watts Bar Reservoir in Loudon, Meigs, Rhea, and Roane Counties, Tennessee. The FEIS and preferred alternative are scheduled to be presented to the TVA Board later this year.
Mountain Reservoirs Land Management Plan
In July 2009, TVA issued a final environmental impact statement, which identifies a preferred alternative for managing about 6,220 acres of TVA-managed public land on Chatuge, Hiwassee, Blue Ridge, Nottely, Ocoee 1, Ocoee 2, Ocoee 3, Apalachia, and Fontana Reservoirs in the mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The FEIS and preferred alternative are scheduled to be presented to the TVA Board later this year.
Northeastern Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan
TVA has developed a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) to assess uses of TVA-managed land on Beaver Creek, Boone, Clear Creek, Fort Patrick Henry, South Holston, Watauga and Wilbur Reservoirs. The DEIS will be available for public review and comment in October and November 2009. A public meeting concerning the land management plans for these reservoirs is scheduled for October 27, 2009, at the Johnson City Power Board Office located at 2600 Boones Creek Road in Johnson City, Tennessee, from 4-8 p.m. (EST).
A copy of the DEIS will be posted on the Northeast Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan Web page as soon as it is released.
Douglas-Nolichucky Tributary Reservoirs Land Management Plan
The land management plan for Douglas and Nolichucky Reservoirs will include 3,188 acres of TVA-managed public land. The public was asked to provide input on existing use of these reservoirs, preferred land use allocations, and environmental issues to be considered in the plan in summer 2008. Comments received were summarized in a scoping report, which was released in December 2008. TVA currently is developing a draft environmental impact statement, which will be posted on the Douglas-Nolichucky Reservoirs Land Management Plan Web page as soon as it is released.