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September 2020

Greetings to all River Neighbors!

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in late September. There’s a popular meme going around that says “I can’t believe it’s already September. It feels like March was just sixteen years ago.” I think we can all agree with that—I know I can. Living and working under the restrictions required by the global pandemic has become more normal. In the River Forecast Center, we’ve stayed on the job the entire time, as have our teams at TVA dams and power plants, of course. You may have seen our staffers who work in the field, marking boundaries, conducting prescribed burns and other activities; Mother Nature doesn’t come to a halt just because of the pandemic.
  • In fact, our public lands might just be helping you cope with the stress of the pandemic.
  • The topic of Asian silver carp has been in the news all summer. Find out the latest on what’s being done about it.
  • We’ve missed the opportunity to host cleanups and other volunteer events that give us a chance to work with you directly. We’ve missed seeing our volunteers in person. They provide incalculable benefits with their time and efforts. This fall we continue to sponsor our partner agencies’ cleanups with funding and supplies, and we hope you will join in. Find volunteer opportunities.
But remember—do it safely!  We urge you, as always, to comply with all safety directives and do not congregate in public areas. Please enjoy TVA-managed land, trails and lakes only while practicing guidelines for social distancing.

Please check for updates, and you can also follow us on our social media channels and our Lake Info App for the latest information. Stay healthy, stay safe!

David Bowling
Vice President, River & Resources Stewardship

Need a road trip? Here’s help for your planning

Taking road trips to view autumn foliage is a time-honored tradition in the Tennessee Valley. Use our MapGuide to plan your (social distancing) adventure. 

Stressed out over quarantine? Take a calming walk with us

After COVID-19 brought restrictions to the U.S., it became clear that TVA’s miles of shoreline and public lands provide more benefits than just economic.

Stewardship projects

TVA is not just a power provider—part of its core mission is environmental stewardship. TVA’s Natural Resources group carries out that mission by working in many different ways to protect and enhance the beautiful natural resources of the Tennessee Valley. From managing recreational facilities to issuing permits to studying aquatic life—this is the mission of Natural Resources staff.

Find a new paddling adventure

We’ve completed a series of water trail maps highlighting great paddle trips around the Valley. No matter what your region, you’ll find everything you need to know.

Fall for world-class fishing

As the weather cools down, there is still plenty of fishing to enjoy. TVA lake fishing creates memories that cross generations. PLUS: 10 family-friendly destinations for fishing from the shore.

Tailwater pursuits

TVA dams release create world-class trout fishing and whitewater paddling opportunities for kayakers and rafters. Here’s a guide to when and where to find them.

The not-so-common Harebell

Hovering 200 feet over the Tennessee River, TVA uses new technology find a centuries-old species new to the region, and a new way to survey sensitive species in their native habitats.

The latest on Asian silver carp

TVA is partnering with other agencies to prevent the spread of invasive Asian silver carp in the Tennessee River. The invasive species is already established in Kentucky and Pickwick reservoirs.

Dollywood and TVA: have fun while learning

TVA is Dollywood's official education partner. Visit the park, have a blast and learn stuff, too.


The wayback machine

As the warmth of summer fades into fall, here’s a look back at the swimming area at Big Ridge State Park in July, 1944.

Explore with the Tennessee River Valley MapGuide
Looking for new places to explore by foot, car or boat? Check out the Tennessee River Valley MapGuide. There are plenty of things to see and do close to home.

Got a question? Pick the PLIC
TVA’s Public Land Information Center (PLIC) is your single source for answers to questions about a variety of public land topics including recreational opportunities and shoreline permits. Call (800) 882-5263 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET or submit your question online.

Road closings? Bridge repairs? Stay informed
For the latest notices, check out TVA new and announcements.
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We publish this newsletter to keep TVA's stakeholders informed about the programs and projects associated with TVA’s environmental stewardship, recreation and river management efforts.

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Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902

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