TVA Asks West Sandy, Big Sandy Area Hunters to Use Caution
November 20, 2012
HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. —The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking hunters in West Tennessee to be especially careful in Benton and Henry counties this winter waterfowl hunting season because of ongoing rehabilitation work in the West Sandy and Big Sandy dewatering projects on Kentucky Reservoir.
TVA is partnering with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on the rehabilitation of the West Sandy Dewatering area, as well as doing work in the Big Sandy Dewatering area. Hunters may encounter workers, trucks and equipment entering or leaving these areas over the next several months.
“TVA wants to make sure hunters exercise extra caution because they might encounter some work activity taking place,” said Bruce Schofield, TVA vice president for Property and Natural Resources. “If everyone stays alert, drives safe and hunts safe, we anticipate a good season even as we improve the dewatering areas for the future.”
TVA has refurbished two pumps and upgraded the pump house electrical systems in the West Sandy Dewatering area. TVA also is repairing the unit’s flap gates. Additionally, trees and other woody vegetation have been cleared from the West Sandy emergency spillway, with native grasses planted to help control erosion.
“The pumping station at the West Sandy Dewatering Project needed repair to continue the seasonal flooding that supports waterfowl habitat in Henry County,” said Schofield. “But, with some adjustments to the work schedule, TWRA was able to plant corn in the West Sandy Wildlife Management Area and conduct its regular blind draw. As we get the necessary rainfall, TVA will be flooding West Sandy this winter on its normal schedule.”
At the Big Sandy Dewatering area TVA will be removing trees and bushes from the levee throughout the winter, weather permitting. TVA is repairing a leak at the Big Sandy sluice gate found last summer, though it will not impact current water levels.
For questions or information on dewatering project work, please call 1-800-TVA-LAND (1-800-882-5223).
The West Sandy Dewatering Project was constructed in 1944 and has been operating at reduced capacity for the last several years because of age and wear on its large electric pumps and gates. The West Sandy Dewatering Project consists of 6,373 acres, which are managed jointly by TVA and TWRA, including about 2,800 acres of seasonally wet to dry pool area. Approximately 92,000 acres drain into the West Sandy Dewatering Project.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Travis Brickey, Knoxville, 865-632-6263
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000