Reservoir Land Management Plans (RLMPs) effectively guide land use approvals, private water use facility permitting, and resource management decisions on TVA-managed public land.
Wheeler Reservoir is one of eight reservoirs included in the Multiple RLMPs project which was approved by the TVA Board of Directors on August 23, 2017.
Wheeler Reservoir is an impoundment of the Tennessee River formed by Wheeler Dam, which is located at Tennessee River mile 274.9. Wheeler Reservoir is situated in Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties in north Alabama.
The area around Wheeler Dam is great for birdwatching. TVA impounds shallow backwater areas of the lake to produce excellent waterfowl habitat.
The accessible Marbut Bend Trail off Limestone County Road 99, near Athens, Ala., is a 1.1-mile loop trail that has an elevated boardwalk through a beaver pond, and crosses one small wetland and swamp.
The scope of the Wheeler RLMP is the 36,045.2 acres of TVA public land. The Wheeler RLMP contains a regional overview, information about the environment around the reservoir and descriptions of each parcel of land. The reservoir property is divided into 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 Wheeler Reservoir has been allocated for certain land uses as summarized in the table below.
|Zone 2||Project Operations||4,813.5|
|Zone 3||Sensitive Resource Management||3,656.2|
|Zone 4||Natural Resource Conservation||25,224.2|
|Zone 6||Developed Recreation||1,312.1|
|Zone 7||Shoreline Access||143.6|
*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.