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Greetings, River Neighbors!

It’s finally fall. Cooler weather and vibrant colors fill our days – not to mention pumpkin spice is everywhere. But even though the weather is cooling down, that’s not slowing down TVA’s Environment and Sustainability team from our daily conservation and stewardship work.

Our teams of dedicated and passionate experts are always out in the field advancing our mission to make the Tennessee Valley region the greatest place to live, work and play in the country.

Speaking of playing, I hope you enjoy reading about the memories created at the recent CAST for Kids event on the beautiful Guntersville Reservoir. Helping to ensure an inclusive experience for those who might otherwise not participate in the great outdoors is near and dear to us nature enthusiasts.

Another thing highly valued by our team, including all the ologists, is the upcoming National STEM Day. TVA has many great resources that we’ve developed in support of students and teachers alike to ignite their love of learning and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow.

I hope you find these and other content in this newsletter entertaining as well as informative. And as always, responsibly enjoy all the natural resources gifted to us and please stay safe

Rebecca Tolene
Vice President, Environment & Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer


TVA and CAST for Kids Partner to Create Memories

Annual fishing event ensures an inclusive adventure for those with special needs.

Catching Memories on Guntersville (


Going Toe-to-Toe Against Eel Grass

Battling eel grass is a never-ending battle. But TVA and partners like My Lake Guntersville are working together to fight this invasive species along several fronts.

The Eelgrass Battle (


Managing a Vital Resource

Have you ever wondered why lake levels drop in fall and winter? Learn how our team in the River Forecast Center manages the Tennessee River system and the many benefits it provides!

A Delicate Balancing Act (


Building Biodiversity Awareness

A team of our biologists recently scoured Shoal Creek and nearby streams in Northwest Alabama for rare, hard-to-find aquatic species for the National Geographic and Joel Sartore's Photo Ark collection. Their support for Photo Ark will help raise awareness about biodiversity in the Tennessee River Valley.

TVA Helps Build Photo Ark


Volunteers are Key to Public Lands Day Success

Volunteers showed up in force to help give back to the land during National Public Lands Day in September. Their support helps increase TVA’s impact on the environment.

Giving Back to the Land (


Celebrate STEM Day                   

November 8 is National STEM Day, a day set aside to observe the importance of science, technology, engineering and math in our lives. Check out TVA’s STEM resources for students and teachers, and help stimulate young minds.


Don’t Miss the Adventure

TVA employees Pat & Ashley have been exploring the Valley region to celebrate our 90th anniversary and highlight some of the things that make this place we call home special. Check out their latest experiences.


The Wayback Machine

Air is crisp, leaves are bright and it’s hunting season across the Valley – a pastime that’s been enjoyed on TVA lands for decades. This vintage photo shows a hunter, his helpers and their catch.

Make sure to visit our hunting page to find specific state information regarding game seasons and bag limits.


Explore With the Tennessee River Valley Mapguide

Looking for new places to explore by foot, car or boat? Check out the Tennessee River Valley MapGuide.There are plenty of things to see and do close to home.

Got a Question? Pick the PLIC

TVA’s Public Land Information Center (PLIC) is your single source for answers to questions about a variety of public land topics including recreational opportunities and shoreline permits. Call (800) 882-5263 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET or submit your question using the form found here.

See past issues of River Neighbors here.

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