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Watts Bar Marina and Resort Deconstruction

Rhea County, Tennessee

On November 21, 2011, TVA issued an environmental assessment (EA) and a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the Watts Bar Marina and Resort Deconstruction Project.  TVA licensed commercial recreation operators to operate the former resort, located northwest of the Watts Bar Dam, between 1956 and 2010.  Since approximately 2001, the resort facilities were neglected and have fallen into disrepair. The cabins, swimming pools and playground have deteriorated, the restaurant has closed, the grounds have become overgrown, and roadways are blocked with fallen trees.  In December 2010, due to violations of the license agreement, TVA terminated the license and restricted access to the area. 

Due to the greatly deteriorated condition of the resort facilities, TVA has determined that there is little to no potential for their reuse.  TVA therefore proposes to remove the resort facilities to avoid potential environmental risks, eliminate illegal use, and improve the feasibility of the site being used for developed recreation in the future.  TVA plans to properly remove and dispose of hazardous materials and to demolish approximately 40 small cabins, a former restaurant and gift shop, a former marina building, and several small auxiliary structures.  Swimming pools would be filled, covered with soil, and reseeded.  The land on which the facility resides would continue to be zoned for developed recreational use, as described in TVA’s Watts Bar Reservoir Land Plan.

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Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 80 kb)

Environmental Assessment (PDF, 3 mb)


For additional information contact:

Amy B. Henry, NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902-1499
Phone: 865-632-4045       Fax: 865-632-3451


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