Check out the spectacular fly fishing on the Clinch River below Norris Dam in these episodes of Tennessee Valley Uncharted!
Set in the Clinch River Valley, Norris Reservoir was formed by the installation of Tennessee Valley Authority's first dam in 1933. Norris reservoir and dam were named after Nebraska Senator George Norris who wrote the legislation for creation of Tennessee Valley Authority.
Construction on Norris Dam began only a few months after TVA was created and took three years to complete. During the peak of construction period, about 2,750 workers were helping build the dam. The hydroelectric power plant at Norris Dam consists of two generating units. In addition to power production, Norris Dam provides flood storage capacity for the Tennessee River system.
The town of Norris was built to house construction workers on the dam. It became a planned community that was a model for others throughout the nation. In 1948, the town was sold to private owners.
For more information about TVA's dams, visit https://www.tva.gov/Energy/Our-Power-System/Hydroelectric.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, it receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity to business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. But TVA is much more than a power company. Through its mission of service, the Tennessee Valley Authority improves the quality of life by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable electricity; supporting communities through economic development; and carrying out environmental stewardship programs to ensure we all have a beautiful, unique place to live for generations.