Environmental Stewardship

We are committed to clean air and a clean water supply for our region, as well as protecting its historical, cultural and environmental resources. We take great care of our 293,000 acres of public land and 11,000 miles of shoreline on behalf of the people of the Tennessee Valley.

Air Quality

In tandem with our mission to provide safe and reliable power across the Tennessee Valley, we work hard to improve air quality. Read about our aggressive emission controls, state-of-the-art technology and ongoing research in this area.

Water Quality

As part of TVA's role as an environmental steward of the Tennessee Valley, we work with federal and state partners to maintain a clean and safe water supply. That means we monitor river systems, certify clean marinas and do much more to support aquatic health.

Land Management

From protecting cultural resources to ensuring environmental integrity, we always carefully measure the effects of our activities when making improvements to TVA public lands, offering lands for public recreational use or using land for economic development.

Environmental Reviews

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies like TVA to consider the impacts of actions on human health before making decisions. TVA ensures that it is doing all it can to protect, restore and enhance the human environment in the Tennessee Valley.

Visit Our Mobile Aquarium

See some of the many fish that live in the Tennessee Valley. Click here to learn more.

Guide to Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plantsprovide cover for sport fish. Here's a guide to fishing them and understanding why they need management


Volunteering at TVA

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Coal Combustion Residuals

In April 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency passed regulations that govern the disposal of coal combustion residuals, or CCRs.

EPA Mitigation Projects

TVA has agreed with the EPA to undertake these groundbreaking energy efficiency programs in line with its vision for a leaner, cleaner future.

Natural Resource Plan

TVA was created to not only for power production and economic development, but also to protect and improve the natural resources of the Tennessee Valley region.

Integrated Resource Plan

TVA’s IRP is a roadmap to 2033 that explores ways the agency can continue to meet power demand in new and innovative ways while balancing demands for environmental stewardship and economic development.

Environmental Investigations for Coal Ash Storage Begin at Current and Former Tennessee Fossil Fuel Plants

TVA is currently conducting environmental studies on its safe storage of coal ash at seven former and current coal-fired plants in Tennessee under the oversight of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. TVA's plans and a presentation on the sampling analysis plans to be conducted at each site are provided. Find out more.