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Breaking News: Who Turns on the Generators?

leah kirk

Did you ever wonder who decides, and how they decide, when to run the generators at Norris Dam? Or at other TVA dams? The on’s and offs of generators produce powerful changes in water levels on tailwaters below the dams—producing electricity and floating barges downriver, but also greatly affecting anglers, kayakers and other folks who want to enjoy the streams.

Jenny Sharkey (right), a water resources engineer in TVA’s River Forecast Center, will discuss the whys and hows of those decisions on Thursday, Aug. 10, at a free, public meeting of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Her program, “TVA River Management Overview,” starts at 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris.

Sharkey has five years’ experience with TVA, and has spent the last two years in the Forecast Center learning the intricacies of the river system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

In addition, anyone interested in learning more about chapter activities can attend the Brown Bag Board Meeting starting at 5:30—just pack a sandwich and join us in the parish hall.