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Learn More About TVA's Natural Resource Plan

6/3/2019

TVA is inviting the public to review the draft of its new Natural Resource Plan (NRP). This document guides how TVA manages public lands and waters in its seven-state service area and the Tennessee River watershed.

The previous plan, published in 2011, organized TVA’s work into six resource areas. In the 2020 Natural Resource Plan update, TVA proposes 10 focus areas that are more encompassing of TVA’s natural resource functions. These focus areas include Reservoir Lands Planning, Section 26a & Land Use Agreements, Public Land Protection, Land & Habitat Stewardship, Nuisance & Invasive Species Management, Cultural Resource Management, Water Resource Stewardship, Recreation, Ecotourism and Public Outreach & Information.

The proposed update features more clearly defined strategies, including objectives and programs for each focus area and a flexible approach for long-term planning, which will help TVA prioritize funding and support its mission of environmental stewardship. TVA is also releasing a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to analyze the potential effects of these changes.

TVA is hosting four open house public meetings and a webinar to obtain public input, answer questions and receive comments (all times local):

• June 12, 2019 (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm) - Knoxville Public Works Complex – Community Room at 3131 Morris Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee
• June 13, 2019 (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm) - Chattanooga State Community College – CBIH Building, Room 120 at 4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, Tennessee
• June 18, 2019 (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm) - TVA Muscle Shoals Reservation – Multi-Purpose Building, Room 202 at 1010 Reservation Road, Florence, Alabama
• June 19, 2019 (5:00 pm to 6:30 pm) - Apex Bank, Camden – Mary Teague Community Center (located behind the bank) at 180 Highway 641 North, Camden, Tennessee
• June 14, 2019 - 11:00 am (ET) – In addition, TVA invites you to attend a Public Webinar about the draft NRP and SEIS. Please pre-register for the webinar if you plan to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining. TVA also plans to record the webinar and make it available at its website, www.tva.gov/nrp. Visit this same website to register for the webinar.

TVA invites the public to visit www.tva.gov/nrp for more information about the proposed update. Comments may be submitted at the public meetings, online, by mail or e-mail by July 8, 2019. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record, and will be available for public inspection. Written comments should be sent to Matthew Higdon, NEPA Compliance, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902.

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