Boone Dam Project

TVA is working hard to share news on the progress of the dam construction project with the Boone community as it happens. Find all the latest Boone Dam news updates in the column below.

Detailed Testing at Boone to Improve Construction Flow

Auger drills, sampling and testing sensors evaluate the effectiveness of Boone Dam repairs to date, as subtle changes to replair schedule are made to optimize construction activity.

Inclinometers Installed to Evaluate Grouting Work

Inclinometers Installed to Evaluate Grouting Work

New Project Work Will Provide Enhanced View of Geology

The Boone Dam project will be installing additional sensors and conducting exploratory drilling on the earthen embankment. The information obtained will give us a clearer view of the geology under the embankment and help us further refine our repair plan.

Grout Gator on the Job

The “grout gator” is an all-terrain vehicle that serves as a centralized location to direct the injection of the grout in order to reach desired flow rates and pressures.

Routine Inspections Help Ensure Dam Safety

Dam safety efforts include diving to ensure the stability of the dam's filter berm, and routine inspection of the sluice gate and sluice tunnel, which occurs every five years.

Progress Update: Evaluations on Fall Fluctuations

Workers at Boone Dam are immersed in the high mobility grouting phase of the project.

Autumn Lake Level Fluctuations Complete

Even with the dry weather, TVA’s River Management team was able to successfully raise and lower Boone Lake late last month to test the effectiveness of early project grouting work.

Fish Survey Results: Boone Lake Remains Healthy

TVA biologists are confirming what most anglers already know—Boone Lake remains a great fishing place.

Visible Signs of Progress in November 2016

Lake levels will fluctuate to assist in testing; high mobility grouting will continue; exploration on the right rim will begin.

Construction Update: Project Prepares for High Mobility Grouting Phase

OCTOBER 7, 2016—With the planned November effectiveness testing of the low mobility grouting work, we are already looking forward to the next phase of the project: high mobility grouting (HMG) testing.

Boone Project Progress Will Be Seen with Intentional Lake Level Fluctuations

OCTOBER 3, 2016—Local residents and businesses will get to see visible evidence of progress on the Boone Dam Repair this fall as lake levels will be temporarily lowered and raised to test the effectiveness of grout installed over the past several months.

Creating Future Fish Habitats, Preventing Shoreline Erosion

OCTOBER 7, 2016—We continue to receive questions about the vegetation that has grown on the exposed banks of Boone Lake during the lower water levels. Although some consider it a problem, the vegetation is actually doing two positive things.

One Year Later: Achievements at Boone Dam

In the year since TVA announced the Boone Dam plan, here are some achievements: 288,969 man hours logged at Boone Dam' 390 holes drilled and 372 grouted; 24-hour-a-day operations; 150 workers employed; 24/7 dam safety inspection.

Project Progress Update: Low Mobility Grout Testing Phase Nears Completion

SEPTEMBER 8, 2016—We are on schedule to wrap up the low mobility grouting (LMG) phase of the test grouting project by the end of this month.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

How do you gain insight into construction work that takes place hundreds of feet below Boone Dam? A “down-hole high resolution optical televiewer,” a.k.a. high-definition video.

Dispelling Lake Level Rumors

We currently have no plans to raise lake levels beyond the present 1350’-1355’ operating range in the near future.

New Courtesy Docks Available at Pickens Bridge and Boone Beach

You asked and we listened—a courtesy dock has been installed at the new Boone Beach and Boat Ramp.

One Year Later: Successful Seedlings

The planting of watershed seedlings is one of the successful “growing” projects initiated at Boone Dam since the repair project was announced nearly a year ago.

Instruments Ensure Dam Safety

A web of 100 piezometers around Boone Dam help engineers understand how the dam is reacting to construction activities.

Courtesy Dock Installed at Pickens Bridge Boat Ramp

Once the three new boat ramps were installed this summer and people were able to gain easy access to Boone Lake, we received several requests for courtesy docks. As a result, we’ve installed a new courtesy dock at Pickens Bridge.



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