Public Meetings Scheduled for Next Steps in Floating Houses Discussion

June 18, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the development of a policy regarding floating houses on TVA reservoirs. The  EIS is available for public viewing at

TVA began a policy review of floating houses after identifying more than 1,800 of the non-navigable structures on 16 TVA reservoirs. Unlike traditional watercraft, floating houses are primarily designed and used for habitation, creating unique safety and environmental issues that must be considered.

“During the EIS process, we’ve heard from hundreds of people who have expressed a wide range of opinions for managing this issue, from simply allowing all such structures to requiring their immediate removal,” said James Adams, Manager of Recreation Agreements. “We’ve attempted to balance the obvious need to address key safety and environmental concerns with the positive economic impact of allowing additional ways to enjoy TVA’s reservoirs.”
TVA personnel will discuss the draft EIS during a series of public meetings, which all begin at 5:30 p.m. local time and continue until 7:30 p.m.:

July 9, 2015 - Bryson City, NC
Swain County High School, 1415 Fontana Road

July 21, 2015 - Lafollette, Tenn.
Ball Farm Event Center, 2107 General Carl Wade Steiner Highway

July 28, 2015 - Parsons, Tenn.
Decatur County Convention Center Fairground Building, 1925 Hwy 641S

August 11, 2015 - Tri-Cities Region, Tenn.
Location to be determined and posted at

For those unable to attend any of the public meetings, TVA will also conduct a webinar at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12. Details on how to participate in the webinar will be posted at

Completion of the draft EIS is expected in late 2015 with a TVA policy decision in early 2016.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


Jim Hopson
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000
(865) 632-8860