Tennessee Valley AuthorityThe My Your Our Water trike was out along the Blue River when this charming couple from Tennessee stopped to chat. Brian and Kasie are from Knoxville, Tennessee and were excited to share their story about the seeming abundance of water in their area because of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is a federally owned corporation in the United States created by congressional charter in May 1933 to provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing, and economic development to the Tennessee Valley, a region particularly affected by the Great Depression. There are currently 29 hydroelectric dams as part of TVA.
"To improve the navigability and to provide for the flood control of the Tennessee River; to provide for reforestation and the proper use of marginal lands in the Tennessee Valley; to provide for the agricultural and industrial development of said valley; to provide for the national defense by thecreation of a corporation for the operation of Government properties at and near Muscle Shoals in the State of Alabama, and for other purposes."