Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.
Apalachia Reservoir is one of nine tributary reservoirs included in the Mountain RLMPs project, which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors in November 2009.
Apalachia Reservoir is an impoundment of the Hiwassee River formed by Apalachia Dam, which is located at Hiwassee River mile 66.0. Apalachia Reservoir is located in western North Carolina surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. The
reservoir provides a beautiful site for fishing, canoeing, and hiking.
Apalachia uses a pipeline and tunnel system that carries water over 8 miles through mountainous terrain to the dam powerhouse located downriver.
The scope of the Apalachia RLMP is 896.3 acres of the 6,273.0 total acres of TVA public land in the Mountain RLMP. The Apalachia RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. Apalachia Reservoir property is divided into seven parcels, and each parcel is assigned a single land use allocation zone. Descriptions of the allowable land uses within each land planning zone are available here.
Individual parcel allocations can be examined on the maps below:
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TVA land around Apalachia Reservoir has been allocated for certain land uses as summarized in the table below.
|Allocation Designation *||Acreage|
|Zone 2||Project Operations||813.5|
|Zone 3||Sensitive Resource Management||0.0|
|Zone 4||Natural Resource Conservation||0.0|
|Zone 6||Developed Recreation||82.8|
|Zone 7||Shoreline Access||0.0|
*Zone 1 is Non-TVA Shoreland with TVA land rights and does not change as a result of the lands planning process.
TVA’s land planning methodology incorporates the environmental review process established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires federal agencies to consider the effects of their proposed projects on the human and natural environment before final decisions are made.
It is important to note that RLMPs are programmatic plans that designate potential allowable land uses as defined in the land use zone definitions and do not involve specific land actions. TVA would complete an appropriate site-specific environmental review prior to proposed development or activity on TVA public land.