Come Help Us Celebrate TVA Dams!

2016 is the 80th anniversary of the Unified Plan of the Development of the Tennessee River, the document that outlined TVA's integrated resource management approach to the Tennessee River system.

The plan stressed that TVA was created to provide flood control, improve navigation and provide affordable electricity to the people of the Valley. TVA's hydroelectric system is the tangible symbol of our mission of service—of taming the Tennessee River and improving life in the Valley.

Since Norris was the first TVA-constructed and first TVA-built project to operate, TVA is hosting a public event centered around Norris to kick off a yearlong recognition of the dams that TVA built. Mark your calendar: The event will take place on Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

The festivities will include:

  • Tours of the powerhouse and dam
  • Family fun and activities
  • Music and food

All parking will be at the Museum of Appalachia with shuttles running to a from the site. Water bottles and sunscreen are welcome, but we ask that chairs, coolers and pets stay home. People who plan to attend the event an need special help should call (865) 632-6000.

Wheeler Dam also turns 80 this year.

Below are the dates of our other dams' initial operations. Follow us on the web this year to learn more about each dam in our series, "Built for the People: Celebrating TVA's Dams":

  • Norris  July 28, 1936
  • Wheeler  November 9, 1936
  • Pickwick Landing  June 29, 1938
  • Guntersville  August 1, 1936
  • Chickamauga  March 4, 1940
  • Hiwassee  May 21, 1940
  • Watts Barr  February 11, 1942
  • Cherokee  April 16, 1942
  • Douglas  March 21, 1943
  • Ocoee No. 3  April 3, 1943
  • Apalachia  September 22, 1943
  • Fort Loudoun  November 9, 1943
  • Kentucky  September 14, 1944
  • Fontana  January 20, 1945
  • Watauga  August 30, 1949
  • South Holston  February 13, 1951
  • Boone  March 16, 1953
  • Fort Patrick Henry  December 5, 1953
  • Chatuge  December 9, 1954
  • Nottley  January 10, 1954
  • Melton Hill  January 10, 1956
  • Nickajack  February 20, 1968
  • Tims Ford  March 1, 1972
  • Normandy  January 5, 1976
  • Tellico  November 29, 1979