Operation of the Tennessee Valley Authority Water Control System Under Extreme Drought Conditions

by H. Morgan Goranflo, Jr., Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


The Tennessee Valley region recently suffered through the most severe drought of record. As increasing demands were placed on the reservoir system, operating priorities were modified to accommodate these demands to the extent possible, and special monitoring programs and taskforces were established to help exchange information with other agencies. Since that time, additional planning has been performed as part of an overall reservoir system reevaluation plan, resulting in additional operating guidelines for the system. This paper is designed to communicate one federal agency's experiences in operating a water control system under severe hydrologic conditions.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Water shortage | Droughts | Federal government | Water supply systems | Water supply | Reservoirs | Water resources | Tennessee | United States

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