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Natural Resource Plan

TVA is unique among power generators in that it was created to not only empower the economic aspects of Southeast society but also to protect and improve the natural resources of the Tennessee Valley region. Today the results of TVA’s efforts are apparent in the abundant natural resources in the region and the opportunities they afford.

TVA has developed the Natural Resource Plan to guide its natural resource stewardship efforts. The Natural Resource Plan addresses TVA’s management of biological, cultural, and water resources; recreation; reservoir lands planning; and public engagement. The goal of the plan is to integrate the objectives of these resource areas, provide for the optimum public benefit, and balance sometimes conflicting resource uses. The plan will also guide TVA in achieving the objectives of its Environmental Policy for a more systematic and integrated approach to natural resource stewardship.

The Natural Resource Plan analyzes TVA’s current activities, goals for improving current programs and beginning new programs, and the benefits associated with the implementation of programs in each of the six resource areas. Implementation will be staged over a 20-year period and reviewed and updated every five years.

As part of the process of developing the Natural Resource Plan, TVA also developed an associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS describes the potential resource management programs and activities, alternative approaches to TVA’s resource management efforts, and the environmental impacts of the alternatives, including the alternative comprising the Natural Resource Plan.


The Natural Resource Plan and EIS are available in PDF format at the links below. To receive the documents on a compact disc (CD) or to receive printed copies, please contact Mr. Nicholson at the addresses below.

Complete Natural Resource Plan, July 2011 (PDF, 4.8 mb)

Executive Summary (PDF, 1.3 mb)

Front Matter including Table of Contents (PDF, 426 kb)

Chapter 1 – Introduction (PDF, 1.1 mb)

Chapter 2 – NRP Road Map for Success (PDF, 688 kb)

Chapter 3 – Biological Resources (PDF, 1.4 mb)

Chapter 4 – Cultural Resources (PDF, 1.1 mb)

Chapter 5 – Recreation Management (PDF, 1.3 mb)

Chapter 6 – Water Resources (PDF, 1.1 mb)

Chapter 7 – Reservoir Lands Planning (PDF, 717 kb)

Chapter 8 – Public Engagement (PDF, 909 kb)

In Closing (PDF, 459 kb)

Glossary and Acronyms (PDF, 446 kb)


Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, July 2011

Record of Decision (PDF, 154 kb)

Complete Volume 1 (PDF, 3.1 mb)

Summary and Table of Contents (PDF, 170 kb)

Chapter 1 - Purpose and Need for Action (PDF, 415 kb)

Chapter 2 - Resource Management Programs (PDF, 328 kb)

Chapter 3 - Alternatives (PDF, 274 kb)

Chapter 4 - Existing Environment (PDF, 1.3 mb)

Chapter 5 - Environmental Consequences (PDF, 612 kb)

Chapters 6, 7, and 8 - Preparers, Distribution List, and Literature Cited (PDF, 156 kb)

Supporting Information - Glossary and Index (PDF, 81 kb)

Volume 2 – Maps, Scoping Results, Comments on Draft EIS / Plan and Responses, Other Supplemental Information (PDF, 12.9 mb)

Appendix J – Endangered and Threatened Species and Sensitive Ecosystems Within the TVA Region (PDF, 400 kb; this appendix was not included in the print version of the final Programmatic EIS.)


Natural Resource Plan Scoping Report, August 2010 (PDF, 438 kb)

Notice of Intent, June 2009 (PDF, 62 kb)

Analysis of Economic Benefits of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Natural Resource Plan January 2011 (PDF, 1 mb)


For more information on the EIS, to receive CD or printed copies, or to submit comments by mail or e-mail, contact:
Charles P. Nicholson
NEPA Compliance Manager
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902


Integrated Resource Plan

To meet the region's electricity needs over the next 20 years, TVA has developed an Integrated Resource Plan.

Learn more about the Integrated Resource Plan.