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.
We are excited to bring you the first edition of TVA Crew Log, a newsletter that brings together all of the volunteer efforts across the Tennessee Valley and spotlight activities, explore our public lands, and connects you to opportunities to learn, serve, and protect.
Commitment to service and environmental stewardship are fundamental values at TVA. We do a lot of work to enhance and preserve the cultural and natural resources and increase the recreational opportunities throughout the region. One of the most important things we can do to ensure the legacy and success of our efforts is to share what we know and expand our ability to connect with people and hopefully inspire others to make a difference in the world around them. In order to bring as many opportunities for preservation and recreation on TVA managed lands, we work with partners and volunteers who offer up their time, skills, and expertise to help us protect public land and waters.
Please keep an eye out for upcoming events and feature stories on our website, www.tva.com/volunteer.
Thank you for your hard work!
Senior Program Manager, Land Use
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37902
The 29th Annual Ijams River Rescue will take place on Saturday April 7th 2018. We will be organizing teams for that day, so if you want to help reach out by phone, email, or contact form.
It's time for the annual Watts Bar Lake Association's Spring Membership Meeting to be held on March 27th at 6:30 pm. Please take note of the following new location this year. The Town of Spring City Annex was not available this time, so instead we will meet at the Spring City United Methodist Church at 245 Church Street, Spring City 37381.
Our guest speakers will be Mark Thurman and Mike Jolly of the TWRA.
Traditionally most memberships were due at the Spring Meeting, however some members do join at other times of the the year. So, in order to help WBLA and our members keep a better record of those dates we have automated that process. You should receive a friendly email reminder 10 days or so from your membership anniversary. You may then pay online, or mail a check at your convenience.
Also new for this year, we have simplified our membership to a $15.00 pp annual membership. For couples when paying online, just press the two membership button instead of the former "Family Membership".
The "Associate Membership" has been discontinued.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 27 for an informative meeting. Coffee and light dessert will be provided.
P.S. Please expect the WBLA Spring Newsletter in your email soon. In order to conserve on postage and stationery cost, we will be emailing the newsletter this year.
See you then!
The Board and Directors of the WBLA