Public can provide feedback on Boone Dam Environmental Report

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL)- Tennessee Valley Authority is set to release a draft environmental assessment on the impacts of the Boone Dam Project to the public on Oct. 28.

TVA is proposing to fix the dam’s seepage problem by drilling holes in the dam, filling them with grout, and then building a massive concrete wall. But before the major work can begin, an environmental assessment is required by the National Environmental Policy Act.

The report will review the potential environmental effects of TVA’s proposal. “It is about the project in terms of the environment,” said Mary Ellen Miller, TVA Boone project public relations program manager. “What could or could not happen in terms of the environment as this project moves forward.”

The public is invited to provide feedback on the study, which will be available on the TVA website starting Oct. 28.

“They’ll see a variety of choices our engineers have studied, everything from no action all the way to the remediation of the dam,” Miller said.

The in-depth report will provide a glimpse into TVA’s decision-making process and the environmental consequences behind several of the repair options TVA explored. If someone feels like something was not considered, they can let officials know. But TVA says it is confident it has chosen the right course of action to repair Boone Dam and the report will help validate that.

There will be a public hearing about the environmental assessment Nov. 5 at Daniel Boone High School from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The public comment period ends Nov. 30.

The final report is expected to be released early next year. Major work to repair the dam is expected to begin soon after that.

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