TVA: A Half-Century of Sedimentation Experience

by Robert T. Joyce, River Basin Operations, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Sediment Transport Modeling


The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a regional resource development agency, created by the United States Congress in 1933 and charged with bringing to the Tennessee River watershed and nearby areas programs to control floods, develop navigation, produce electric power, and enhance the economic and social well-being of the people. Today, the floods are controlled with a system of 49 dams operated for multiple purpose benefits, and its agricultural system is producing steadily increasing quantities of commodities on a shrinking land base. This paper discusses the role of erosion and sedimentation studies in the TVA accomplishments.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Sediment | Electric power | Rivers and streams | Water resources | Sediment transport | Watersheds | Navigation (waterway) | Tennessee | United States

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