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Proposed Knoxville South Waterfront Public Improvements

Fort Loudoun Reservoir, Knox County, Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) jointly prepared a final environmental assessment (FEA) of the City of Knoxville’s proposal to redevelop three sections of riverfront in downtown Knoxville. The public improvements proposed in the redevelopment are part of a plan the City adopted in 2006 to revitalize the area over a 20-year period.  Further information about this plan may be viewed at The USACE and TVA released a draft EA (DEA) for public review from May 1 to May 30, 2009. Comments on the DEA were received during that same time period and are addressed in this FEA.

The City’s current proposal involves constructing several features including riverwalks, temporary mooring facilities, and a fishing pier along the south side of the Tennessee River waterfront, also known as Knoxville South Waterfront. The proposed public improvements require approval by TVA under Section 26a of the TVA Act and other approvals from USACE. The FEA evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the City’s proposed actions. 

In 2014, the City requested approval by TVA and USACE to modify the original design of a public park (to be named Suttree Landing Park) located in the Middle Section of the project. TVA completed a Supplemental EA in October 2014 which addresses the potential environmental effects of the modifications. On October 8, 2014, TVA issued a new Finding of No Significant Impact for the modifications to the proposed Suttree Landing Park.



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Finding of No Significant Impact - Suttree Landing Park Modifications (2014) (PDF, 1.3 mb)

Supplemental Environmental Assessment - Suttree Landing Park Modifications (2014) (PDF, 3.7 mb)

Finding of No Significant Impact (2010) (PDF, 92 kb)

Final Environmental Assessment (2010) (PDF, 3.3 mb)

Appendices to the Final Environmental Assessment (2010)
Appendix A (PDF, 2.9 mb)
Revised Drawings and Supplemental Information

Appendix B (PDF, 1.6 mb)
TDEC Final Water Quality Permit

Appendix C (PDF, 382 kb)
Inspection Report and Photographs

Appendix D (PDF, 1.5 mb)
Joint Public Notice 08-51

Appendix E (PDF, 579 kb)
Public Notice Comments

Appendix F (PDF, 253 kb)
Programmatic Agreement for Archaeological Investigations

Appendix G (PDF, 185 kb)
Applicant’s Rebuttal

Appendix H (PDF, 136 kb)
Boat Density Worksheet

Appendix I (PDF, 638 kb)
“No Rise” Certification Letter

Appendix J (PDF, 129 kb)
404(b)(1) Guidelines Compliance Checklist


For more information or a printed copy of the document, contact:
Matthew Higdon, NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (865) 632-8051




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