Boone Lake neighbors forming coalition to hold TVA accountable on dam project
Homeowners along Boone Lake have spent the past several years looking out from their homes at what once was waterfront property, while repairs are made to the dam.
Now, they’re coming together to form a coalition aimed at improving communication with the Tennessee Valley Authority in regard to the project.
Mark Joseph, an engineer himself, is leading the Boone Dam Coalition, and says he hopes this will lead to more answers for homeowners who miss living along the water.
“Five years to repair the dam and $200-300 million, and now 7 years to repair the dam and $450 million. That’s a lot of money and a lot of time,” Joseph told WCYB.
Jospeh does not want the coalition to be viewed as any kind of attack directed at TVA; he hopes homeowners will be given a clearer picture of when water levels in the lake will be back to normal. TVA says the timeline of the project has always been 5-7 years and the plan can evolve over time as the project goes along.
Mary Ellen Miller, a TVA spokesperson, is promising to continue communicating with the public about the Boone Dam project, as they have in the past.
“As we got into the project, because it had never been done before, we could only look at benchmark projects elsewhere. We didn’t have this project to look at,” Miller said.
The Boone Dam Coalition plans to hold several private meetings before approaching TVA, with the first meeting scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the BrightRidge public meeting room. Joseph says he has received emails from homeowners all around Boone Lake, with dozens of people supporting the idea of a coalition.