Redbud Reservoir Beech River Watershed Development Authority Land Request
Henderson County, Tennessee
On December 23, 2008, TVA issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) and final environmental assessment (FEA) for a proposal by the Beech River Watershed Development Authority (BRWDA) that TVA allow the sale of 71 acres of TVA land adjacent to Redbud Reservoir in Henderson County, Tennessee. Under the proposed action, BRWDA would act as TVA’s agent in the sale of the affected property at public auction in accordance with Section 31 of the TVA Act.
In 1963, TVA entered into a contractual agreement with BRWDA to cooperate in the management and financing of a water control system to provide for future regional development in the Beech River area. BRWDA, which oversees the economic growth of the area, and TVA have worked together since 1963 to implement the contract and achieve operating plan objectives of flood control, recreation, and economic development in the Beech River watershed. BRWDA has requested that TVA sell the 71 acres of land for the development of a 63-lot residential community, of which two would be retained by BRWDA for use as common lots.
TVA prepared a draft environmental assessment (DEA), which explained how the previously executed agreement between TVA and this development agency conforms to the stipulations of the TVA Land Policy. TVA received comments on the DEA through October 31, 2008. All comments received have been incorporated into the FEA. The FONSI and FEA are presented below.
Kelly R. Baxter, NEPA Resources
Environmental Services and Programs
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 632-2444 Fax: (865) 632-3451