TVA Regional Resource Stewardship Council to Meet in Knoxville
October 6, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority's Regional Resource Stewardship Council will hear information about implementing TVA's Natural Resource Plan and discuss recreation and shoreline management during its meeting Oct. 13-14 in Knoxville.
The Regional Resource Stewardship Council also will hear information about TVA's recreation programs and about issues involving non-navigable floating structures, such as houseboats, on TVA-managed reservoirs.
The council advises TVA on the operation of its dams and reservoirs, including responsibility for navigation, flood control, reservoir water quality, cultural resources and wildlife protection and management of public lands and recreation. Created in 2000, the 20-member panel is the key stakeholder review group for the Natural Resource Plan.
"The council provided valuable input and insights during the development of the recently adopted Natural Resource Plan," said Anda Ray, senior vice president of Environment & Technology. "TVA will now share its strategy to implement the first stages of the 20-year plan, and introduce the council to some of the recreation initiatives designed to meet the plan's goals."
The meetings, which are open to the public, will be from 8 to 10 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 13, and from 8 a.m. EDT to noon on Friday, Oct. 14, at the TVA Complex, 400 West Summit Hill Drive in Knoxville. The council will tour TVA-managed recreation areas on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EDT.
A public comment session will be held at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 14, at the meeting site in Knoxville. Anyone wishing to make comments should register at the door by 9 a.m. Speakers are asked to limit remarks to five minutes. An hour will be allotted for public comments, with participation on a first-come basis.
Written comments may be submitted by mail to the Regional Resource Stewardship Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 or faxed to (865) 632-2345. Comments may be submitted directly to council members on the council website at http://www.tva.com/rrsc. For more information, call the council records officer at (865) 632-6113.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for distribution utilities 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 that can produce about 34,000 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.
Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632
Media Relations, Knoxville (865) 632-6000