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Public Notice

November 20, 2007

Proposed action

Greenway development and public golf practice facility

Location

Fort Loudoun Reservoir, Knox County, Tennessee

Description

TVA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) request your comments on a proposal to develop a greenway and public golf practice facility along the Tennessee River on Fort Loudoun Reservoir.

In October 2007, TVA and USACE received a joint application from the University of Tennessee (UT) for 9,000 liner feet of riprap stabilization, two pedestrian bridges that will be shared by the greenway and golf facility, a culvert for the greenway, and 18,000 cubic yards of fill along the left descending bank of Fort Loudoun Reservoir between Tennessee River miles 643.5 and 645.2. TVA and USACE are jointly preparing an environmental assessment on the impacts of the proposal.

The greenway is part of a recreational walking and biking trail planned by UT and the City of Knoxville. A portion of the greenway, approximately one acre, would be located on TVA property lying below the 822-foot mean sea level (msl) elevation contour. The facility would be constructed by UT and regularly made available for public use. UT would also utilize the facility for noncredit golf classes and collegiate golf practice. Approximately three acres of the 35-acre facility would be located on TVA property lying below the 822-foot msl elevation contour. The rough areas would be planted in native grasses and create a natural buffer to adjacent streams.

The riprap stabilization, pedestrian bridges, culvert, and fill would require approval by TVA under Section 26a of the TVA Act and by USACE under Section 10 of the River and Harbors Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The use of TVA land would require approval and execution of a land use license for public recreation purposes to the City of Knoxville and UT.

Please submit your comments to Heather McGee by letter, e-mail, or fax at the appropriate address or fax number below by December 23, 2007. Comments can also be submitted to Deborah T. Tuck, Regulatory Specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 3701 Bell Road, Nashville, TN 37214, by letter or e-mail: deborah.s.tuck@usace.army.mil.

Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

Additional information is available at the Corps of Engineers site or by contacting:

Heather L. McGee
NEPA Services, Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT11-D
Knoxville, TN 37902
E-mail: hlmcgee@tva.gov
Phone: 256-386-2561
Fax: 865-632-3451

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