US EPA and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) brought in dredging equipment to expedite the removal of coal ash wastes from the Emory River. The Emory River will continue to be closed until May 29, 2010 from mile marker 0 to mile marker 6.
The initial river closure began on Aug. 11, 2009, and was last extended through May 15, 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard, EPA and TVA reevaluated river operations and concluded that an extension to the closure area is necessary for continued public safety. No river traffic will be allowed through this area.
EPA’s closure map can be found at http://www.epakingstontva.com.
Individuals requiring further information or instructions regarding recreational use of Watts Bar Reservoir should contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, Stephanie Y. Brown at 1-800-564-7577 or 865-717-1635.