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Greetings, River Neighbors:     

April is always a wonderful month to get outside, with the weather (finally) warming up and the grass turning green. Depending on your favorite outdoor activity, you might be making plans to go fishing or boating, investing in a new pair of hiking boots or getting the bike ready for some trail riding.
This is the time of year when there is still some rainfall runoff to handle in the river system. You can keep up with it in real time by downloading our Lake Info App.  

This is also prime time for prescribed burns on TVA-managed public lands—there’s a good chance you might see the smoke. These are valuable tools to help maintain and establish wildlife habitat, and they also reduce thatch and leaves that can help fuel wildfires. Burns also stimulate the growth of desirable vegetation and they recycle nutrients back into the soil. Don’t worry—TVA works with local state and federal agencies to develop a detailed plan for each prescribed burn, with safety as the top priority.

April is very special to us at TVA because Earth Day is on the 22nd, and we’ll be joining millions of others in caring for, cleaning up, and learning about the earth throughout the month. Please consider joining us for one of our volunteer events—we appreciate your help!

It’s going to be great to gather in person again. We’re looking forward to meeting you, and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable springtime.

Allen Clare
VP, TVA River & Resources Stewardship

Earth Day: making the investment

At TVA, we’re investing in the planet every day, working to create a sustainable future. Learn more, and find out how you can, too.
Earth Day: Making the Investment (

Join us for an Earth Day event

Want to make a difference to the Tennessee Valley region? Volunteer at TVA and be part of our mission of service.
Volunteering at TVA

Be a scientist for a day – and bring the kids!

The astonishing world of nature and its many species is getting more connected around the globe – and you can be part of it. Join us in documenting existing species and looking for new ones at a BioBlitz event! The first one is coming up May 6-7.
You, Naturalist (

The call of the wild

The US owns, and TVA manages, nearly 293,000 acres of public land as part of our mission of service. Much of it is undeveloped land, available for pitching a tent and enjoying nature. Plan a getaway to nature this spring!
Recreation on Undeveloped TVA Public Lands

Camp-Right Campgrounds

Camping is all about exploring the great outdoors, so why not do it in an environmentally friendly way at a TVA Camp-Right Campground? From their facility’s design to their cleaning products, to educating their campers to Leave No Trace, these campgrounds share TVA’s passion for protecting the environment. The best thing is there’s a Camp-Right Campground near you!

Trail enthusiasts – look at this

TVA recently completed a new South Holston trail system, providing the Bristol community with more trails accessible for all ages and skill levels.
Four New Bike-Optimized Trails Added in Bristol as Part of $125,000 Project (

The eagles have landed – watch them on EagleCam

Getting bored with Netflix and Hulu? Check out a REAL live stream. Eagles have returned to their nests near Johnson City, Tennessee, and Bluff City, Tennessee. You can watch them 24/7 via TVA-sponsored live EagleCams.
The Eagles Have Hatched: Keep an Eye on Live EagleCam (

The birds are back! Here are places to see them  

Migrating birds are returning to the Valley, looking for mates and beginning to nest. Visit our page where you can find a whole collection of tips, tricks and information to spot beautiful birds, even in your own back yard.
Birdwatching (

Tennessee RiverLine

The Tennessee RiverLine enrolled five new communities this year, bringing its total to 20 diverse river communities, home to more than 1 million people in the Valley. TVA is a principal partner of this project, which is enhances access to and enjoyment of the river for all. Learn more this program and get ready for a fun summer with Tennessee RiverLine paddles.

Explore TRV – Let’s go!

It’s springtime, when Valley residents and visitors are ready to get outside. Click on ExploreTRV to find fun and often unusual outdoor activities. Supported in part by TVA, ExploreTRV connects you to everything from Alabama’s Scenic River Trail to horseback riding at Balance Manor in Copperhill, TN, to the Elk and Bison Prairie at Land Between the Lakes, where young bison appear in May and June.

Clean Marinas protect the water—and you

As temperatures warm and your favorite fishing or skiing cove calls your name, don’t forget to look for a Tennessee Valley Clean Marina.  Marinas with this special designation carry more than snacks, supplies, and gas, they carry the promise of being clean and green by embracing sound environmental practices. Clean Marinas are good for you and good for the Valley.

The Wayback Machine

Fishing has always been a favorite activity on TVA public lands. These anglers are fishing on Ft. Loudoun Lake in May, 1951.

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 using the form found here.

Ongoing maintenance:
Keep up with road closings, bridge repairs, all kinds of things here:

See past issues of River Neighbors here.

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