The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is evaluating a request from the City of Rockwood for the development of a full service marina and campground in Rockwood, Roane County, Tennessee on Watts Bar Reservoir. The proposed facilities would be constructed and operated by Blue Ridge Development, LLC, and would be sited on approximately 44.75 acres. The Project Area consists of 9.85 acres of TVA property transferred to the City of Rockwood for public recreation, 24.6 acres of TVA land between the 750-foot and the 741-foot contour elevations, and 10.3 acres of harbor limits located on TVA land below the 741-foot contour elevation.
Under the No Action Alternative, TVA would not issue the City of Rockwood a deed modification to allow for commercial recreation and the City of Rockwood’s 9.85 acres would remain deeded for public recreation. Additionally, TVA would not issue the developer a thirty-year commercial recreation easement or the Section 26a permit required to construct the commercial marina and campground. The TVA land would remain available to the public for dispersed recreation and the City would retain appurtenant rights over the tract.
Under the Action Alternative, TVA would issue a deed modification to allow for commercial recreation on 9.85 acres originally transferred to the City of Rockwood for public recreation. TVA would issue the developer a thirty-year commercial recreation easement for the construction and operation of a commercial marina and campground on 24.60 land-based acres. Finally, TVA would issue a Section 26a permit for all facilities built below the 750-foot contour elevation and the 10.3 harbor acres. Construction activities would occur throughout the 44.75-acre Project Area.
TVA invites you to comment on the draft EA. The comment period has been extended through July 9, 2021. Comments must be received or postmarked no later than that date. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.
Written comments should be sent to Elizabeth Smith. Contact information found below.
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