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TWRA holds public meeting to discuss Asian carp concerns in Tennessee River


Date: 5/24/2018 5:42:00 PM

HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a public meeting Thursday night in Paris to discuss concerns about Asian carp in the Tennessee River. A longtime TWRA biologist and manager, Tim Broadbent, will be at the meeting

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36 Hours in Chattanooga

The New York Times

Date: 5/24/2018 7:05:00 AM

Nestled against the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga, Tenn., has transformed itself in recent decades from an unassuming town to a hyper clean, high-tech (“Gig City” was the first in the United States to offer

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WAAY 31 I-Team Investigation: Cleaning contaminated water


Date: 5/21/2018 6:45:00 PM

A WAAY 31 I-Team investigation finds out what's next after decades of dumping chemical contaminants into the Tennessee River at Decatur. The dumping started in the 1960's with 3M and later Daikin, among others. In 2016, the revelation caused concerns about

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Smokin' It Up in the Tennessee River Valley

The Business Journals

Date: 5/21/2018 2:41:00 AM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Tennessee River Valley runs through the heart of the South where barbecue reigns king. Each year, barbecue fans make their way to one of many restaurants to enjoy the different styles of barbecue

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Explore Tennessee River Valley Launches New Brand and Logo Design

The Business Journals

Date: 5/21/2018 12:41:00 AM

The Tennessee River Valley Stewardship Council launches a new brand and logo for the Tennessee River Valley Mapguide project. In the 2016, the expansion of the mapguide project from two states to 7 states prompted a logo redesign to better represent

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 308 Miles
• Surface Area: 43,100 Acres
• Volume: 924,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 32,800 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 21 Feet
• Length: 53 Miles
Pickwick Lake has often been called the best trophy smallmouth fishery in the country. This is due in large part to the numerous beneficial conditions of the river system and its location. The lake is situated at the southern boundary of habitable climate for smallmouth. This southern location allows for a longer growing year, which produces larger fish. Pickwick is also at the northern boundary for threadfin shad, the primary prey for smallies, and contains an abundance of them. Add the strong current of the Tennessee River to these two factors and it is easy to see why Pickwick bass are arguably the largest and strongest bronzebacks around.


Size and Depth - 47,500 acres and 53 miles long with a maximum depth of 59 feet.

Water Source - An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Pickwick Lake is defined by the Wilson Dam in the south Pickwick Landing Dam in the north. With a short exception near its inflows at Florence, the current primarily flows north.

Shoreline - 496 miles long. The shore is approximately 40 percent developed and is comprised of both privately-held land and Tennessee Valley Authority ownership. The remaining shoreline is undeveloped.

Bottom - Sand, gravel, bedrock, mud and muck. The main river channel is mostly bedrock and mud. In tailwater areas and coves, sand, gravel and muck bottoms are found.

Water - Moderately fertile water with a light green to brownish color. In the main river channel the water is lighter colored than the brownish color found in the backwater areas of coves and bays. Visible clarity is between 2 and 4 feet depending on location, rainfall and current.

Cover - There is little submerged vegetation and what is present is sporadically dispersed throughout the lake. The most common emergent plant is water willow, which can be found along the lakes shoreline and in bays and coves.
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