Tallassee Fund

Background Information

A conservation fund, known as the Tallassee Fund, will address the unavoidable ongoing and cumulative impacts of the operation of the Brookfield Smoky Mountain Hydro (BSMH) Project formerly known as the Tapoco Project. The fund will provide for conservation activities to offset project-related impacts to land and water resources in the Lower Little Tennessee River Valley in the vicinity of the Chilhowee and Calderwood developments. A variety of conservation needs were identified during the collaborative licensing process; others are ongoing activities that address project-related impacts that should be considered as part of a mitigation package and settlement agreement for the Tennessee portion of the BSMH Project. Specific objectives include:

  • Provide funding for land and water conservation activities on an ongoing basis during the forty (40) year term of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued license for the Tapoco Project.
  • Encourage focused land and water stewardship, restoration, and enhancement activities that compliment regional conservation priorities.

 

Agency/Organization Goals

The specific objectives/goals of natural resource agencies/organizations for this area include:

  • Restore limited areas of free-flowing warm- and cool-water habitats.
  • Recover imperiled species.
  • Restore extirpated plant and animal populations.
  • Restore and protect riparian corridors and habitats.
  • Provide outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • Control invasive exotic species.
  • Educate decision makers and citizens about the importance of this unique resource.

 

Conservation Activities

Broad categories of ongoing land and water management activities in the Lower Little Tennessee River area over the last 10 years provide an indication of what could be expected in the near future. Many of these activities are directly related to the ongoing impacts of the Tapoco project.

  • Environmental education.
  • Exotic species control (e.g., terrestrial and aquatic plants, wild hogs, etc.).
  • Fish stocking.
  • Fish propagation and translocation.
  • Restoration effectiveness monitoring.
  • Land/forest management.
  • Land protection/conservation.
  • Riparian conservation.
  • Research related to impact assessment and management.
  • Nature-based recreation management and enhancement.

 

The Fund

The amount of the fund will be a maximum of $100,000 annually for the term forty (40) year term of the license. Grants may be provided in multi-year increments to encourage sustained conservation efforts. Grants from the fund may be combined with funds from other sources for more comprehensive mitigation or enhancement projects.

Geographic Scope

The geographic scope of this proposal includes the Lower Little Tennessee Valley in the vicinity of the Calderwood and Chilhowee developments (Figure 1). The proposed mitigation fund will address project-related land and water conservation needs in the Lower Little Tennessee watershed downstream of the Tennessee – North Carolina state line.

Examples of current and future land and water conservation efforts in the Lower Little Tennessee River watershed, with a focus on activities related to the ongoing impairments cause by the Calderwood and Chilhowee Developments of the Tapoco Project (FERC #P-2169).


https://renewableops.brookfield.com/en/Presence/North-America/Recreation-and-Safety/Smoky-Mountain-Hydro/Tallassee-Fund-Board

Activity

Partners

Native Fish

FWS, CFI, NPS, WWF, TVA, TWRA

Fish Stocking: Calderwood, Chilhowee

TWRA, FWS

Mussel/snail restoration

FWS, TWRA , USFS, NPS

Exotic plant control

NPS, Alcoa Foundation

Zebra mussel monitoring/control

USGS, TVA

Streambank stabilization

NRCS, FWS

Hemlock adelgid control

NPS

Mussel habitat analysis, propagation

USFS, FWS, USGS

Public Awareness/Conservation Education efforts

WWF, FWS, NPS, CFI, TVA, USFS

Forest habitat enhancement

TWRA, FWS, USFS

Calderwood By-Pass management

USFS, TWRA, FWS, TDEC

Recreation enhancement

USFS, TWRA, NPS, TVA

 

Tennessee Aquatic Stream Clean Up and Riparian Tree Grant

 

Fill out the application and send it to the following:
TWRA
ATTN: Della Sawyers
PO Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204
or email to Della.Sawyers@tn.gov

Application for Tennessee Aquatic Stream Clean Up and Riparian Tree Grant