Georgia Counties Can Ask To Reach Nickajack Lake Via TVA Land

But TVA Official Says Pipeline Could Lead To "Water Shortages For 2 Water Basins"

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Georgia counties, thirsting for water from the Tennessee River, can apply to reach the Nickajack Reservoir via a stretch of TVA land connecting the lake and Dade County.

Gil Francis, a TVA spokesman, said Dade County could apply to use the "marginal strip" of land to reach Nickajack, but he said a host of factors would need to be considered before the inter-basin transfer could be approved.

Mr. Francis said, "The Tennessee River flows to the Ohio River, not to Atlanta." He said diverting the millions of gallons of water that Atlanta needs "could mean water shortages in two river basins, not just one."

He said a 2004 TVA water study, which an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said showed the Tennessee River "flush with water" and well able to supply Atlanta, did not take into account the drought that occurred afterwards.

Mr. Francis said Maryville/Alcoa and other portions of the Tennessee Valley have faced water challenges due to the drought.

Dade and Walker counties are working on a plan that they hope results in a pipeline from Nickajack Lake into Dade County, through a tunnel in Lookout Mountain into Walker County, and on to Atlanta eventually.

The Georgia Legislature has revived an old "border war" that seeks to have 51 square miles of land near Chattanooga taken into Georgia - giving the state access to the Tennessee River.

However, if Georgia was able to get permission to go across the half-mile strip of land separating Dade County from the Nickajack Reservoir, it would not need to get the Tennessee land.

Mr. Francis said if such a request is received from Georgia, it would receive the attention of TVA President Tom Kilgore and the TVA Board and also be studied by TVA staff.

He said a host of factors would need to be considered, including the environmental effect, the effect on hydroelectric plants of the loss of the water, and the effect on municipal water supplies in the Tennessee Valley.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution article said, "The Tennessee River, though, is flush with water, according to a 2004 TVA study. By 2030, the Tennessee could supply Atlanta with 264 million gallons a day - triple the average amount used daily by the city of Atlanta last December - without 'substantially' affective river levels."

Mr. Francis said the data cited was only a small portion of the study and not the main focus.

He said, "That was only a hypothetical model and does not look at the impacts (of drawing down that much water). It does include factor in the driest period in the valley in 118 years."


Upcoming City Council Agendas

Here are upcoming City Council agendas: Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Chairman Henderson). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. “Proclamation – East Hamilton Middle-High School student Madison Hayes, 12 year old Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run National Competition” By Councilman ... (click for more)

2 Students Arrested At Bradley County High School After Routine Drug Search

A routine drug search was conducted Friday at Bradley Central High School. The search was coordinated by Lieutenant Julie Quinn of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Department. Assistance was provided by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department and the 10 th  Judicial Drug Task Force. Five canines were used in the search.  “I appreciate the cooperation from Sheriff Watson ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (2)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Quick! Arm Our Guards

When I learned last Wednesday that Chattanooga’s leading hospital, in a ridiculous attempt to be more “family friendly,” planned to disarm its security guards. I was aghast but decided to wait for the proper “incident” to illustrate how stupid members of our “free thought society” can sometimes be. It took exactly one week. A bit after midnight on Thursday morning a gunman appeared ... (click for more)

Baylor Must Contend With MBA's Chandler In DII-AA Semis

If there is one thing different about Friday’s TSSAA Division II-AA semifinal playoff game between Baylor and Montgomery Bell Academy at Tommy Owen Stadium in Nashville from the teams’ regular-season matchup, Red Raiders coach Phil Massey knows exactly what it is. Or, well, who it is. It’s Ty Chandler. Chandler, a 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore running back, has added ... (click for more)

McCallie's Gordon Connell - a New Wrestling Venture

Saturday morning in Cleveland when five rookie wrestling officials from the Chattanooga area take to the mats to call matches for the season opening middle school tournament at Ocoee Middle School, it will be easy to pick out the one who, at first observation, doesn't belong. Or does he? With lots of gray hair and years of coaching experience, former ... (click for more)