Tennessee Valley Clean Marinas

Marinas are home base for all the splashy boating lake fun of summer. When they go the extra mile to be environmentally sound, the good only gets better.

Nothing rivals the sights and smells inside a lakeside marina in the summer. Laughing children with suntanned skin. Potato chips in sodden fingers. Coolers being filled with sodas and ice; life vests everywhere. The coconut-lime tang of tropical sunscreen mixed with hot dogs roasting on a grill. Families fishing off the dock.

And then there’s the sweet anticipation of being out on the lake—or happy satisfaction of being all boated out and just back on land.

In short, it’s a little slice of paradise. What could make it better?

Only one thing: Sound environmental practices that keep the lake a lovely haven away from the hectic pace of life in the city. That’s why TVA founded the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina Initiative to help marina owners and operators protect water quality. The program addresses issues such as oil and gas control, sewage management, marina siting and erosion prevention.

So when you see the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina flag or logo, you know your marina is truly clean and green. “It’s a statement that says the marina cares about its customers—not only about their enjoyment today,” says Melinda Watson, watershed representative and program manager of the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina initiative, “but also about preserving the beauty and natural diversity of the Valley for generations to come.”

Is your marina on the list (below, listed by lake)?

Blue Ridge Lake 

Boone Lake

Chatuge Lake

Cherokee Lake

Chickamauga Lake

Douglas Lake

Fontana Lake

Fort Loudoun Lake

Guntersville Lake

Hiwassee Lake

Kentucky Lake

Nickajack Lake

Nottely Lake

Parksville Lake

Pickwick Lake

South Holston Lake

Watauga Lake

Watts Bar Lake

Information for Marina Owners

Want to join the club? TVA has developed a guidebook for marina owners and operators that outlines practices designed to minimize pollution and erosion, methods of educating the public, federal regulations and more. Download a copy of the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina Guidebook.

To make it easier for marinas to track their progress, TVA has created a checklist that follows the Guidebook.

2020 Clean Marina Calendar

The calendar is produced annually to provide additional details about topics related to certification as a Tennessee Valley Clean Marina. Download your copy now

Public Land Information Center

A single source for answers to your questions about shoreline land use, permitting procedures, water quality, recreation and other issues related to the environment, or to get involved with TVA stewardship activities.

To contact the Public Land Information Center, ask a question online, email plic@tva.com, or call 800-882-5263.

Leave No Trace

TVA is a partner in Leave No Trace, a national and international environmental education program dedicated to increasing awareness of the potential environmental impacts that may occur during outdoor recreation. The Leave No Trace website provides information on how to enjoy nature while minimizing your impact on the land, and offers recommendations for getting outside during COVID-19.  Leave No Trace website.