Norris Dam

Norris Dam is a hydroelectric and flood control structure located on the Clinch River in Anderson County and Campbell County, Tennessee, USA. Its construction in the mid-1930s was the first major project for the Tennessee Valley Authority, which had been created in 1933 to bring economic development to the region and control the rampant flooding that had long plagued the Tennessee Valley. The dam was named in honor of Nebraska Senator George Norris (1861–1944), a longtime supporter of government-owned power in general, and supporter of TVA in particular.

Norris Dam is a straight concrete gravity-type dam. The dam is 1860 feet (570 m) long and 265 feet (81 m) high. Norris Lake, the largest reservoir on a tributary of the Tennessee River, has 33,840 acres (137 km²) of water surface and 809 miles (1302 km) of shoreline. The dam has a maximum generating capacity of 131,400 kilowatts.

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Norris Dam State Park - History
... The Norris Basin has been inhabited on at least a semi-permanent basis since the Archaic period (c ... In anticipation of the creation of the Norris Reservoir in the mid-1930s, William Webb of the Smithsonian Institution conducted an extensive archaeological survey of the lower Clinch Valley ... based on his findings in the Norris Basin, that the Cherokee were relative newcomers in the Tennessee Valley, arriving in the area no later than the late ...
Norris Dam State Park - Geographical Setting
... Norris Dam is located just over 79 miles (127 km) upstream from the mouth of the Clinch, near the Anderson-Campbell county line ... to the northwest, empties into the Clinch approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Norris Dam ... Virginia, empties into the Clinch approximately 10 miles (16 km) upstream from Norris Dam ...
Norris Dam - Background and Construction
... As early as 1911, the present site of Norris Dam— initially called the "Cove Creek site"— was identified as a prime location for a sizeable dam ... and private entities believed that a dam in the upper Tennessee Valley, working in conjunction with dams at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, could provide badly needed flood control to East ... Union Carbide— applied for permits to build a dam at the Cove Creek site, although all were eventually withdrawn or rejected ...

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