Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan

Updated September 2, 2022

On August 26, 2022, the TVA Chief Executive Officer selected Alternative B as the approved Final Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan updating approximately 16.5% of the allocations on Tellico Reservoir.  Information about that effort can be viewed here until November 30, 2022.

Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land. A revision to the Tellico RLMP was approved by the TVA Chief Executive Officer in August 2022.

Tellico Reservoir is an impoundment of the Little Tennessee River formed by Tellico Dam, which is located at Little Tennessee River mile 0.4. Tellico Reservoir is situated in Loudon, Blount, and Monroe Counties in east Tennessee.

Tellico Dam was the last dam built by TVA on the Tennessee River. A canal diverts water into Fort Loudoun Lake to help with flood control, increased power production and navigation. Tellico Reservoir is home to the East Lakeshore Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail by the Department of the Interior, and the Hall Bend Habitat Protection Area Trail – a 5-mile, moderate trail featuring scenic views, fishing spots and wildlife viewing.

Scope

The scope of the 2000 Tellico RLMP is 12,787.6 acres of TVA public land and the reservoir property is divided into 168 parcels. TVA’s Final RLMP revision includes an overview of TVA’s planning process, a description of Tellico Reservoir, and descriptions of each individual TVA parcel. Each parcel is assigned a single land use allocation zone. Descriptions of the allowable land use within each land planning zone are available here.

The Final RLMP revision is consistent with the TVA Land PolicyNatural Resource Plan (NRP)Comprehensive Valleywide Land Plan (CVLP), and TVA’s goals for managing natural resources on public lands. RLMPs guide land use approvals, private water-use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.

Final Tellico Reservoir Land Management Plan

Maps

Use the GIS Viewer Map to find individual parcels and land use allocations for TVA reservoir property. Click on individual parcels to find out more information about a piece of TVA property. Please note that parcel descriptions are included in the interactive map viewer for convenience, but may have been altered from the original description due to character length restrictions. Please reference the appropriate Reservoir Land Management Plan for the complete parcel descriptions. Also, please note that parcel descriptions are representative of the time in which the plans were written and some information may be out of date such as available facilities or names of commercial operations.

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Land Allocation Acreage

TVA land around Tellico Reservoir has been allocated for certain land uses as summarized in the table below. Please see the Final EA and Final RLMP revision for more information, including information about the other alternatives.

Allocation Designation*

 Acreage

Zone 2

Project Operations

    982.67

Zone 3

Sensitive Resource Management

 2,242.08

Zone 4

Natural Resource Conservation

  6,945.51

Zone 5

Industrial

    224.39

Zone 6

Developed Recreation

  1,904.69

Zone 7

Shoreline Access

   488.3

Total

 12,787.64

*Zone 1 is Non-TVA Shoreland with TVA land rights and does not change as a result of the lands planning process.

Environmental Review

In 2022, TVA finalized an Environmental Assessment (EA) addressing the environmental impacts of the revisions to the RLMP and has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact.

The public was provided an opportunity to participate in TVA’s planning and environmental review process.  In January 2021, TVA initiated this effort by holding a public scoping period to gather public input on the proposed changes to the RLMP and on any other issues of concern relevant to the management of TVA lands on the reservoir. In December 2021, TVA released a draft Environmental Assessment for public review. TVA held two public webinars during this period to provide information and respond to questions.  During the public review, TVA received 62 comment letters from the public, organizations, and local officials.  TVA reviewed these comments and incorporated the input into the final EA. In the EA, TVA analyzed the selected RLMP alternative under Alternative B and reviewed two other alternatives: a “No Action Alternative” (Alternative A) and an alternative with fewer allocation changes (Alternative C).    

The EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the three alternatives to help guide TVA’s decision-making process. None of the alternatives would result in significant environmental impacts. TVA’s CEO, following an opportunity for TVA Board review, approved Alternative B as the final RLMP.

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.

Tellico Reservoir Environmental Review

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 the proposed development or activity on TVA public land.