Protect Watts Bar Lake from Overdevelopment

Protect Watts Bar Lake from Overdevelopment

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Three Rivers Conservancy started this petition to Manager, Recreation and Shoreline Management, TVA Ella Christina Guinn and

We, as concerned citizens, aim to preserve and safeguard Watts Bar Lake, our area natural resource, by opposing the construction of the Kingston Point development, proposed by Kingston Partners, on the site of the Southwest Point Golf Course and surrounding TVA-owned property near Kingston, TN.  Our reasons for opposing this development include:

• 400 boat slips, a boat ramp, and a marina will cause excessive boat traffic on this narrow section of Watts Bar Lake.  This will increase boat accidents, noise, and pollution; interfere with barge operations; and increase shoreline erosion.

• Construction and ongoing, concentrated boat activity will disturb hazardous materials from Oak Ridge and the Kingston Steam Plant coal ash disaster that are trapped in the sediments along the shoreline and on the lake bottom.  These include radioactive materials, mercury, arsenic, PCB's, heavy metals, and others and could contaminate drinking and irrigation water supplies and harm the ecology of the lake.

• Loss of peace and quiet due to excessive boat traffic and noise, years of construction, boat yard work, and an excessively dense residential and commercial development.

• Development of the natural waterfront and construction of 85 homes on 1/4 to 1/2 acre lots, 40-50 condominiums, a 200-site RV park, marina with dry dock, fuel depot, boat store, office, parking lots, dry boat storage racks, boat ramp, and additional commercial development will destroy the natural beauty and serenity of this part of Watts Bar Lake.

• Excessive motor vehicle traffic will occur on Decatur Hwy (TN-58), the only road to access the proposed development.

• Pollution of the lake and soil from construction activities, excessive boat traffic, and ongoing boat maintenance activities.

• Interference with commercial barge operations caused by 400 boat slips jutting out into the main channel of the lake and excessive pleasure boat traffic, increasing the likelihood of a major barge collision.

• The possibility that the development will fail and be abandoned by the developer.

• Additional infrastructure costs for the city, county, and utility providers that would have to be paid by county tax payers, Kingston tax payers, and utility customers.  These costs include public schools, road improvements, electricity, sewer, water, natural gas, telephone, internet, police, and fire protection.

• Loss of natural wildlife habitat for pelicans, osprey, eagles, fish, and endangered species.

• Extensive development of waterfront TVA land that should be preserved for conservation purposes.

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