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Enjoying the “dog days” of summer? This time of year brings peak temperatures, which result in higher power demands. Water releases must increase from tributary dams in late summer to support water quality, water supply, and power generation needs across the Valley. Because of that, you might notice that lake levels in our large tributary reservoirs are starting to come down slightly because there is not enough natural inflow to maintain full lakes while also meeting downstream flow needs.

However, lakes still have plenty of water for the hot August days, so get out there and cool off! As you do, though, please remember to always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to all warning signs, lights and sirens.

Plenty of hot summer days are left for a fish fry, so if you’re into fishing, we’ve got some good information for you on several different types of fish you might be pulling in. Once again, Bassmaster has named several of our reservoirs among the top spots in the country! Build a little side trip into your excursion while you’re at it. And we’ve added a little history to this newsletter—check it out below.

Rest assured, we’re on the job 24/7 keeping the AC on for the people of the Valley.

David Bowling
Vice President, TVA River & Resources Stewardship


River Neighbors EXCLUSIVE: How TVA is bringing back lake sturgeon

The Lake Sturgeon of North America coexisted with the dinosaurs — and thrived in the Tennessee Valley until the 1960s, when it went nearly extinct in local waters. Now, it's making a comeback. Learn more about this ancient fish.

New fishing spot access

Our new handicapped-accessible fishing access ramp near South Holston Dam is open for business! The new ramp, located at a popular trout fishing spot on the tailwaters of the dam in Sullivan County, TN, connects to a recently-installed trail extension from the labyrinth weir about 2,700 feet downstream. The parking area will get new ADA-compliant striping too. Come on down and do some bank fishing!

Ribbon cutting at Joe Wheeler State Park

Attention all runners, hikers and mountain bikers! TVA is helping out Alabama State Parks as they build a new 8-mile nature trail at Joe Wheeler State Park in Alabama. This scenic trail will be fun for the whole family. While you’re there, visit Wheeler Lake.

TVA lakes dominate Bassmaster’s Top 25 list

TVA lakes dominate the list of Bassmaster’s Top 25 Lakes in the Southeast for 2019! Clean water, careful management, aquatic plants and southern hospitality create the perfect recipe that make Tennessee Valley lakes some of the best bass fisheries in the nation and across the entire Southeast. Find out which TVA lakes top the list.

Anglers: Check here for valuable info 

Check out the many other fishing stories and columns we’ve gathered here to help you have the best fishing season of your life! Whether bass is your bag or trout is your treat, you’ll find valuable information here on where and how to catch them. Learn about fishing the Valley.

Finding the mother of all floods

Massive floods, far larger than February’s record-breaking rainfall, have occurred in the Tennessee Valley. The big questions are: when did they happen, will such large floods occur again and if they do, how often? A team of researchers from the University of Alabama and Tennessee Valley Authority are on a mission to find evidence of the worst floods in the region’s history. Learn the how and why of flood research.

Binge-watch Season 5 of Tennessee Valley Uncharted 

Fishing, hiking, exploring caves, sampling tasty treats, hiking with llamas—it’s all here in TVU’s brand new season! Take a journey through the Tennessee Valley as hosts Erick Baker and Ariel Nicole explore its unique natural wonders, urban secrets, recreation destinations and hidden gems. The TVA-sponsored series is running now with all-new Season 5. Check your local station for listings, check Amazon Prime, or watch on YouTube.

Hit the road! We’ll help you pick a spot

As summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school, you may be looking for some ideas for nearby day trips to enjoy. Check out our National Geographic Tennessee River Valley Map Guide for all kinds of ideas, whether for kids, adults or both.

Our own “Aquaman” wins award

Those who carry out TVA’s mission of aquatic stewardship have more than just a passion for the water. They are devoted to passing on this same love of our lakes, rivers and streams to the public we serve. Recently one of TVA’s Natural Resources team members, Shannon O’Quinn, was recognized for his commitment to the waters around the Tri-Cities region with an aquatic stewardship award from the Boone Watershed Partnership.
O’Quinn, a senior specialist with Natural Resources, has been with TVA for nearly two decades, working to protect and improve water quality and fish habitat in the Tennessee Valley. He and the other watershed specialists accomplish this by collaborating with community groups and natural resources agencies to assess water condition, develop plans for improvement, leverage funding and implement quality enhancement projects.

The Wayback Machine

Summer has always been a great time to enjoy the beauty of our public lands and lakes, perhaps with a picnic on the shore. This family enjoys an outing at Boone Lake in 1966.

We need volunteers year-round

Join the almost 24,000 people who have volunteered with us to make the Valley a cleaner place.

Got a question? Ask 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.
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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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