Academic journal article Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

TVA: A Proven Model

Academic journal article Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

TVA: A Proven Model

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The Tennessee Valley Authority's model of integrated resource development in the Tennessee Valley is one that has been refined and time-tested during the last 67 years, as Jack Davis and colleagues clearly explain in "A River Runs through It" (FORUM, Spring 2001). TVA has withstood changes in the ecological as well as in the socioeconomic and political environment of the region. Thus, today, it is far ahead of many agencies, including those that manage larger river basins, as one of the most successful enterprises in managing natural resources on a regional basis. I fully agree with the authors that TVA has effectively managed the river and land systems for the benefit of the inhabitants of the Tennessee Valley.

TVA's ability to harness, regulate, use, and manage the water resources of the Tennessee Valley helped raise the region to its current status. Despite the increase in population and the expansion of the economy in the Tennessee Valley during the last six decades, TVA has proven its ability to manage land and water demand for multiple uses that include electricity, navigation, and recreation. Even under severe drought conditions, TVA's regulatory mechanisms have successfully tackled the situation. The TVA model is successful because TVA operates as a single unit and can respond quickly to continuous changes.

However, the authors did not adequately underscore the resource stewardship TVA has incorporated into its model over the years. …

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