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TVA Requests Input on Potential Removal of Saulpaw Mill Dam, Sets Public Meeting

Feb 20, 2024

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.­­ – The Tennessee Valley Authority values community input and is seeking public input on its Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for proposed removal of the Saulpaw Mill Dam located on Oostanaula Creek in Calhoun, Tennessee.

TVA is making the Draft EA available for an additional 30-day public review and comment period at The Draft EA was first made available for comments from Nov. 15 to Dec. 18, 2023.

The Saulpaw Mill Dam is owned by TVA and it does not generate electricity. The dam, constructed in 1869, was associated with an old flourmill that was removed by TVA in 1940 as part of flood control for construction of Chickamauga Reservoir. TVA is evaluating removal of the dam to address negative environmental impacts and potential safety hazards to the recreating public. Removal of the dam is part of a larger partnership with the Tennessee Aquatic Connectivity Team to remove barriers to aquatic life in the Tennessee River basin.

Comments can be submitted Feb. 20 through March 18, by email to [email protected], submitted online at or mailed to Erica McLamb, Tennessee Valley Authority 1101 Market St. Chattanooga, TN 37402. All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the project administrative record and will be available for public inspection. Comments received during the 2023 comment period will be considered and do not need to be resubmitted.

TVA will host an in-person open house from 5-7 p.m. on March 7, at the Calhoun Elementary School at 150 Sherwood Ave., Calhoun, Tennessee. Visit for meeting details.

About TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


Adam May
TVA Media Relations
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