Regional Resource Stewardship Council To Discuss TVA Natural Resource Plan
February 17, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Regional Resource Stewardship Council will meet March 4 and 5 in Knoxville to advise the Tennessee Valley Authority in developing a Natural Resource Plan that will be used to manage reservoir lands throughout the Tennessee Valley.
Under an environmental policy adopted by the TVA Board of Directors in 2008, TVA is developing the Natural Resource Plan and an environmental impact statement to help TVA prioritize its stewardship efforts in reservoir land-use planning, natural resource management, recreation activities and water protection.
At the meeting, the council will discuss the scope of the Natural Resource Plan and alternatives for its components. TVA is seeking the council’s recommendations on the plan’s objectives and actions.
The 20-member panel, established by TVA in 2000, is a diverse working group of business and environmental interests representing both the public and private sectors. The panel includes nominees from the governors of the seven states served by TVA.
The council will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 4, and from 8 a.m. to noon EST, on Friday, March 5, in the West Tower Auditorium of TVA’s Knoxville Office Complex, 400 W. Summit Hill Drive. The meeting will be open to the public.
A public comment session will be held at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, March 5. Those wishing to make comments may register online at www.tva.com/rrsc or at the door by 9 a.m.
Speakers are asked to limit their remarks to five minutes. Up to an hour will be allotted for public comments. Hand-out materials should be limited to one printed page.
Written comments may be mailed to the Regional Resource Stewardship Council, TVA, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, TN 37902-1499, or faxed to (865) 632-2345. Comments may be made directly to council members through the council website, accessible at www.tva.com/rrsc. For more information, call (865) 632-6113.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 36,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
Jim Allen, Knoxville (865) 632-7453
TVA News Bureau, Knoxville (865) 632-6000