At 42,000 acres, Watts Bar Lake - "King of the Southern Lakes", is one of the south’s largest lakes and offers visitors great fishing, boating and recreation. The lake is 72 miles long and boasts 722 miles of shore line!
TVA Funding Statement:
TVA no longer receives any appropriations to help with management of aquatic plants. This has led us to taking a more valley wide approach to management, and focusing our efforts only on public access areas (parks, boat ramps, etc.) to best meet the needs of our stakeholders. There is one exception to this currently: We continue to do residential and commercial shoreline management on Guntersville with the understanding that we will be slowly stepping down as the primary funding source in the next few years. This model is how we will handle stakeholder groups on other reservoirs from here on out. For example, should Watts Bar put together a stakeholder group and agree on management, the stakeholder group would need to have identified supplementary funding and obtained that funding before a similar plan would take place
Special Note: We are in the third and final year of fully funding the Guntersville program along residential and commercial shoreline. Next year, we fully anticipate to reduce funding by 1/3 and will continue that reduction through 2019. We will continue to fully fund
management efforts along developed, public shoreline.
As most of you know, spawned by Commissioners of Roane County, the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council was established, and has begun the difficult task of pulling together Watts Bar Lake stakeholders into a productive and comprehensive body of volunteers to address the numerous aspects of the invasive aquatic plants that have gained a foothold in the shallow littoral zone of Watts Bar. Roane County Commissioners are reaching out to the Commissioners and other political entities of Meigs, Rhea, and Loudon Counties, and hope to have these counties’ representatives and other stakeholders ...