Meeting set Thursday on TVA reservoir operations

From Staff Reports

   Would you like to see Tennessee Valley Authority maintain recreational water levels at Watauga Lake past the historical Aug. 1 drawdown? Here's an opportunity to express your opinion.
   TVA will hold a community workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan Central High School in Blountville to hear comments from the public on potential changes in TVA's reservoir operating policies. This meeting is the only one scheduled for this area.
   TVA staff will be available to discuss how the integrated river system now operates and whether potential changes will provide greater value to the region.
   The Reservoir Operations Study is expected to take two years and will be documented in an Environmental Impact Statement. The study is conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
   "As TVA conducts this study, we need to hear from people about what uses of the water they and the communities in which they live care about most," said David Nye, Reservoir Operations Study project manager.
   "Whether you live on the shores of a TVA reservoir or never go near the water, you benefit from how TVA operates the river system," Nye said. "Everyone in the Tennessee Valley is affected by the balance of benefits and trade-offs in how the water is used."
   TVA manages the Tennessee River system for flood-risk reduction, year-round navigation, affordable electricity, improved water quality, economic growth, water supply and recreation.
   To submit comments or for additional information on TVA's operating policies, visit TVA's Web site at; call toll-free at 888-882-7675; fax at (865) 632-3146; or write Project Manager Nye at TVA, c/o WT 11A, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902.