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Saulpaw Mill Dam Removal Environmental Assessment

McMinn County, Tennessee

Updated February 20, 2024

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is preparing an environmental assessment (EA) for the Saulpaw Mill Dam (Saulpaw Dam) Removal project in McMinn County, Tennessee.

TVA is evaluating two alternatives for the future disposition of the Saulpaw Dam, including taking no action and removing the dam. The project area for the proposed action covers approximately 0.7 acres and would be accessed from Hiwassee Road. The proposed action would consist of the following components: site preparation and vegetation clearing, deployment of oil booms to restrict recreational boat access, installation of sediment and erosion control measures, stabilization of the streambanks and railroad abutment, and removal of the dam liftgate, pier, and main dam blocks to streambed level. Pier and dam blocks extending below the creek bed would be left in place.

TVA has consulted with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Historic Commission, and federally recognized tribes about the proposal. Because the Saulpaw Dam is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, TVA is consulting with Tennessee Historical Commission State Historic Preservation Officer to explore mitigation alternatives for the proposed action.

TVA requested public comments on the draft EA from November 15 to December 18, 2023. Because of interest in the project, TVA is making the Draft EA available for an additional 30-day public review and comment period.

Public Involvement

Comments may be submitted online, via email to [email protected], or mailed to Ms. McLamb at the address below. To be considered, comments must be received no later than March 18, 2024. TVA plans to have an in-person open house from 5-7 p.m. on March 7, at the Calhoun Elementary School at 150 Sherwood Ave., Calhoun, Tennessee. Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the project administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

Comments received during the 2023 comment period will be considered and do not need to be resubmitted.

Related Documents

Saulpaw Dam Draft Environmental Assessment


More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Erica McLamb
NEPA Project Manager
[email protected]
1101 Market St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402