TVA to Perform Repair Work at West Sandy Dewatering Project
March 23, 2012
HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. —The Tennessee Valley Authority, in coordination with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, will lower water levels in the West Sandy Dewatering Project on Kentucky Reservoir in Henry County, Tenn., during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 winter waterfowl hunting seasons.
The pumping station at the project is in need of repair. To perform the work safely, the water level in the West Sandy Dewatering Project, which includes the West Sandy Wildlife Management Area, needs to be lowered during the winter months. Work on the pumping station can only be performed while Kentucky Reservoir water elevations are at their lowest winter levels.
“TVA plans to keep water elevations in the dewatering area as low as possible to allow workers to safely access the bottom levels of the pump station,” said Helen Rucker, TVA Land & Shoreline Management senior manager. “The pump systems for this dewatering area are aging and need attention to keep them operating properly. While both TVA and TWRA would prefer not to do this maintenance work during the waterfowl hunting season, we cannot safely complete certain tasks at other times of the year because of higher Kentucky Reservoir levels.”
The West Sandy Dewatering Area will remain open to hunting during the repair period. However, due to low water levels, available waterfowl for hunting may be minimal. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has requested a rule amendment from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission to allow permanent registered blind holders in West Sandy to participate in any other duck blind drawing held in Tennessee and to waive the requirement of blind registration during the repair period. The West Sandy permanent draw blind site drawing may be suspended during the repair period.
A public open house to provide information on the project is scheduled on April 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Henry County High School, 315 S. Wilson St., Paris, Tenn.
The West Sandy Dewatering Project was constructed in 1944 and has been operating at reduced capacity for the last several years because of age and wear on its large electric pumps and gates. The West Sandy Dewatering Project consists of 6,373 acres, which are managed jointly by TVA and TWRA. This includes about 2,800 acres of seasonally wet to dry pool area. Approximately 92,000 acres drain into the West Sandy Dewatering Project.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000