Chattanooga Engineers Club

TVA Tour #2 TVA Chickamauga Dam

  • 13 Nov 2018
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
  • TVA Chickamauga Dam, Chattanooga TN 37406

Dear Chattanooga ASME and CEC Membership,

Please join us for a couple tours of TVA facilities.  Participants may choose the morning tour of the System Operations Center, or the afternoon tour of the Chickamauga Dam, or attend both.  Each tour is limited to 20-25 participants, so please RSVP early.

Tour #2

Date: Tuesday, November 13th

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Location: TVA Chickamauga Dam, Chattanooga TN 37406

For: Behind the Scenes In-Depth Tour of the TVA Chickamauga Hydro Electric Facility

Capacity:  Tour is limited to 20–25 participants, so please RSVP as soon as possible to reserve your spot.  RSVP

Notes:  US Citizen, closed toe shoes, warm clothing recommended.  All visitors will need to be registered ahead of time and should arrive at 1:00.

TVA’s Generating Assets Today

·         6 fossil plants (26 active units)

·         3 nuclear plants (7 units)

·         29 hydro plants (109 units)

·         1 pumped storage hydroelectric plant (4 units)

·         9 natural gas combustion turbine gas plants (85 units)

·         9 natural gas combined cycle gas plants (38 units)

·         1 diesel generator site (5 units)

·         15 solar energy sites

·         1 wind energy site

Chickamauga Reservoir is on the Tennessee River just north of Chattanooga. The reservoir stretches 59 miles upriver from the dam to Watts Bar Dam.

Chickamauga Reservoir is named for a tribe of Native Americans that broke away from the Cherokee Nation in the 1700s. They lived in villages along North Chickamauga Creek, which joins the river just below Chickamauga Dam. The reservoir is popular for fishing, boating and swimming. There are boat ramps on the reservoir and canoe access points on North Chickamauga Creek.

The Big Ridge Small Wild Area is a 200-acre upland hardwood forest situated on a high ridge above the north shore of the reservoir at the dam. An easy 1.3-mile loop trail leads through the forest. Spring wildflowers include bloodroot, toothwort, larkspur, trillium and mayapple.

Before TVA created Chickamauga and other reservoirs above Chattanooga, the city had one of the most serious flooding problems in the nation. Now the river that often threatened the city contributes to its economy as a major artery for barge traffic.

Safety is a priority for TVA. They share a professional and personal commitment to protect the safety of not just themselves, but all who visit. Because of the emphasis they put on safety, TVA reminds you that their hydro generation facilities are working industrial environments with serious electrical and mechanical hazards. Therefore, all visitors must be able to walk and climb numerous stairs independently and hold handrails independently.




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