Comprehensive River Basin Development: The Tennessee Valley by Barbara A. Miller, Richard B Reidinger

By Barbara A. Miller, Richard B Reidinger

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) within the usa represents one of many few profitable examples of finished river basin improvement. proven to steer the improvement of the assets in the Tennessee River Basin, TVA operates a wide selection of water, strength, monetary improvement, and environmental courses in the zone. This document offers an outline of TVA's progress and improvement, its associations, and its operational courses.

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Reservoir System Flood Control Capabilities. The TVA reservoir system was designed with flood control as one of its primary purposes. Available flood control storage in the system varies with the time of year and potential flood threat. 3 inches (135 millimeters) of runoff over the Basin. 7 inches (119 millimeters) of runoff. 6 billion cubic meters), or about I inch (25 rmillimeters)of runoff, is reserved during the summer to pass summer storms (TVA 1961; TVA 1995a). 36 Figure4. 35~~~~~k(O 3 yN N) NA L PE & LT COCOEES TIMSFORD BLN*/ [ RACCOON MT.

David E. Lilienthal. When appointed to the TVA Board, Lilienthal was a 33-year old publicutility lawyer who had gained national recognition as a crusading member of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. He was a strong advocate of utility regulation. He was ambitious, highly articulate, idealistic, intense, and combatDavidE. Lilienthal, one of TVAsoriginaldirectors,at ive. These traits were to serve him well in his WilsonDamin the 1930s 20 protracted and contentious battles against private utilities in the Valley who sought to curtail TVA's power program (Neuse 1996; Modern Marvels 1997).

General hydrologic and meteorological statistics are summarized in table 2. The long-term (1894-1993) average annual precipitation for the Basin is 51 inches (1,290 millimeters) per year. The heaviest rainfall concentrations occur in the mountainous highlands of the eastern region, where annual precipitation often exceeds 90 inches (2,286 millimeters). Approximately half of the annual rainfall is received in winter and early spring, from December until mid-April. March is typically the wettest month; while September and October are likely to be the driest.

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