The Duck River is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America and is the longest river located entirely within Tennessee. The Federation provided official comments in support of the comprehensive and robust 2013 Duck River Drought Management Plan and provided recommendations to the Tennessee Valley Authority for consideration in the finalization of its associated environmental assessment.
These emphasized the essential need to balance municipal water needs with the health of the Duck River, as well as the wildlife, fish, and recreation it supports. Specifically, the Federation urged for inclusion of the importance of restoration and enhancement opportunities to improve habitat and water quality; requirements and monitoring in support of critical fish and mussel habitat; flow and release changes that fully consider the significance of the Duck River as a smallmouth bass fishery and notable float destination for anglers and the needs of sportfish populations; and maintenance of flow conditions that support the tremendously economic and socially valuable recreational boating opportunities that the Duck River affords.
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