Natural Resource Plan

Update (February 7, 2020)

TVA has issued its updated Natural Resource Plan (NRP), revising the plan completed by TVA in 2011. The NRP guides TVA’s management of the public lands and waters within its power service area and the Tennessee River watershed. With the NRP, TVA also released a final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that assesses the potential impacts associated with these changes. The updated NRP will be presented to the TVA Board of Directors and a Record of Decision will be issued by Summer 2020.

Background

TVA is unique among power generators in that it was created to not only empower the economic aspects of Southeast society but also to protect and improve the natural resources of the Tennessee Valley region. Today the results of TVA’s efforts are apparent in the abundant natural resources in the region and the opportunities they afford.

TVA completed its 2011 Natural Resource Plan to guide its natural resource stewardship efforts over the following twenty years, and would be reviewed and updated as needed. The 2011 NRP addresses TVA’s management of biological, cultural, and water resources; recreation; reservoir lands planning; and public engagement. The purpose of the plan is to integrate the goals of these resource areas, provide for the optimum public benefit, and balance sometimes conflicting resource uses. The 2011 NRP also guides TVA in achieving the objectives of its Environmental Policy for a more systematic and integrated approach to natural resource stewardship.

As part of the process of developing the 2011 NRP, TVA developed an associated EIS, which describes the potential resource management programs and activities, alternative approaches to TVA’s resource management efforts, and the environmental impacts of the alternatives, including the alternative comprising the 2011 NRP.

On July 16, 2018, TVA published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to conduct an environmental review of the proposed update to the NRP. TVA solicited input from the public during a scoping period that concluded in August 2018. In October 2018, TVA completed a Scoping Report that summarizes the outreach effort and contains the comments and concerns raised by the public and other agencies.

TVA made the draft NRP and SEIS available for public review and comment in May 2019. During the public review period, TVA held meetings around the Tennessee Valley and hosted a webinar to provide information to the public and solicit feedback. TVA considered the input in completing the NRP and SEIS. The final SEIS includes responses to public comments in an appendix.

For more information about the Natural Resource Plan, contact:
Ben Bean
NRP Project Manager
bjbean@tva.gov
256-891-6611
3941 Brashers Chapel Road
Guntersville, AL 35976

Related Documents:

TVA Natural Resource Plan - 2020 Update (PDF, 1mb)

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 9.4mb)

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 2.5mb)

2011 TVA Natural Resource Plan (PDF, 4.5mb)

2011 NRP Final EIS - Volume 1 (PDF, 2.9mb)

2011 NRP Final EIS - Volume 2 (PDF, 13.2mb)

2011 NRP Record of Decision (PDF, 0.2mb)

Federal Register Notice of Intent (PDF, 0.2mb)

2018 Natural Resource Plan Scoping Report (PDF, 6.8mb)

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Matthew Higdon
NEPA Specialist
mshigdon@tva.gov
865-632-8051
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902

Webinar

TVA held a public webinar about the draft Natural Resource Plan (NRP) and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on June 27, 2019. The webinar replay and presentation are available below.

View Draft NRP Webinar Presentation