Transmission System Vegetation Management Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) requests your comments on its draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the management of vegetation within the TVA transmission system rights-of-way in fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Please submit your comments by August 6, 2021. The management of vegetation within the rights-of-way is needed to ensure the transmission system can continue to provide reliable power and to prevent outages related to incompatible vegetation.

The draft EA tiers from the programmatic Transmission System Vegetation Management environmental impact statement released in 2019 which evaluated and analyzed TVA’s vegetation management program across its entire transmission system. A Record of Decision was issued in October 2019 indicating TVA’s preferred vegetation management program would be to manage the full extent of the ROW to a meadow-like end-state. This would entail removing incompatible vegetation and managing the ROW as a mix of herbaceous and low-growing shrub. Vegetation management would utilize mostly herbicides (90%). Other methods include mechanical (6% - i.e., brush hogs, equipment mounted saws) and manual (4% - i.e., chainsaw, handsaw). Maintenance of trees would be assessed using aerial inspection, ground inspections, and as-needed field inspections. Trees identified as a risk to the transmission system reliability would be removed while compatible trees and shrubs would be allowed in areas actively maintained by others.

Public Involvement

TVA invites the public to provide input on the draft Environmental Assessment, which is available for review below. Comments may be submitted online, via email to aemasters@tva.gov, or by mail to the address below. Comments must be received or postmarked no later than August 6, 2021. 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.

Submit Comments

Due to COVID-19 teleworking restrictions, comments submitted electronically are encouraged to ensure timely review and consideration.

Related Documents:

Draft Environmental Assessment

Appendix B - USFWS Bat Programmatic Agreement and Consultation

Appendix C - USFWS Consultation on Transmission System Right-of-Way Program

Appendix D - Section 106 Programmatic Agreement

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Anita Masters
NEPA Project Manager
aemasters@tva.gov
423-751-8697
1101 Market Street, BR 2C
Chattanooga, TN 37402