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TVA To Lower Level of Melton Hill Reservoir for 2019 Annual Shoreline Maintenance

Mar 18, 2019

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority will temporarily lower the water level of Melton Hill Reservoir from Sunday, March 24, through Sunday, April 7, to allow property owners to repair docks, stabilize shoreline and pick up litter.

The reservoir’s water level will be held between 790 and 792 feet above sea level — approximately two-to-four feet below its current level — during this period. The exact rate of the drawdown will depend on weather conditions and may vary with rainfall amounts. Melton Hill will be returned to its normal winter elevation of 794 feet by April 7.

As in the past, the drawdown targets and dates are subject to change due to weather constraints. Recent heavy rains could result in greater than usual debris and erosion in some areas. Learn more about handling debris and erosion at

If you plan on adding a dock or doing any shoreline stabilization along a TVA reservoir, find out more about the necessary permits here

Information on the river system and specific reservoirs is available on TVA's Web site at and on TVA's free app for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Links to download the apps are available at

For more information about TVA and its mission of service to the Tennessee Valley, click here.


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