Aug 20 2009
The Tennessee Valley Authority in August decided to kill a program allowing for trade not in water use but in access to water along the Watts Bar Reservoir, located in Roane County.
Tennessee is a riparian state, so that property owners along the reservoir generally have access rights to the reservoir along their property. The TVA set up a program allowing those property owners to trade access rights.
However, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported in 2008 that questions had arisen about a trade involving a group of developers who were closely tied to a member of Congress, Health Shuler, of North Carolina. No legal or ethical violations were alleged, but concerns about conflicts of interest were raised.
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