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TVA shorelines have huge impact on regional economy

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

Normandy and Tims Ford lakes have approximately $318 million in annual economic impact 0n the region of Moore, Coffee and Franklin Counties. According to an economic impact study recently conducted by TVA and the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) the lakes are an economic windfall to the region. The study includes aquatic recreation (including boat and boating accessory sales), fishing and boating tournaments and waterfront property along the TVA lakes have $1 million impact per mile of shoreline. Normandy Reservoir is at mostly in Coffee County and has about 72 miles of shoreline. Tims Ford, mostly in Franklin County, has about 246 miles of shoreline for a total of 318 miles of shoreline. “The study illustrates the significant economic impact the region that the lakes provide. From shoreline commercial development, housing that’s built along the reservoirs’ banks, to campgrounds, marinas, fishing and boating activities and all types of things associated with aquatic recreation,” said Nick Morris, west region manager of reservoir for land use and permitting. More than a power company TVA focuses on providing and managing flood control, power generation, navigation, water quality, water supply and recreation. First developed to provide flood control, navigation and hydroelectric power, TVA’s integrated development plan also provides boating, swimming, and fishing enthusiasts unique destinations across TVA’s service area. “We are trying to show that TVA is more than just a power company,” Morris said. “Stewardship is a big part of our mission, and it’s really what sets up apart from other utilities. We have been working for a quite a few years now trying to improve access areas and partner with local governments and state agencies to positively impact communities.” The local reservoirs for Coffee, Bedford, Moore and Franklin counties, Normandy and Tims Ford, off er various opportunities for outdoor activities. Locals can enjoy backcountry camping, fishing, hiking and boating. “A lot of folks put their boats in at TVA access areas on the lakes and they use a local marina or a developed campground,” Morris said. “Tims Ford off ers camping, picnic pavilions, boat ramps and a swimming pool. The Bear Trace golf course, which is considered one of the best courses in the state, is inside Tims Ford State Park. “Cedar Point, on Normandy Lake, has a day-use area, boat launch and a small general store. The Barton Spring Campground, located across the lake from Cedar Point offers large gravel camping sites for campers and RVs plus sites for tents. A pavilion is available by reservation. Canoes are also available for rent. TVA photo contest The TVA Fun Photo Contest is now in its third year, said TVA’s Scott Brooks. “We had more than 2,000 entries last year,” Brooks said. “It was tough to narrow it down to top three.” The contest started on May 1 and will continue until Sept. 11. “We encourage people, that when they are out on any of the TVA lakes, take a selfie and post it on their social media.” Share your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #TVAfun. “In mid-September, we will sit down and pick three winners,” Brooks said. Each lucky winner will get a GoPro camera. “It’s a pretty cool prize,” Brooks said. “With the GoPro, they can get out and take even better pictures next year.” For more information on pool levels, visit www.tva.gov to check the guide curves for each lake.

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