Monday, April 14, 2008

Tellico Dam

Knoxville News Sentinel had a feature story this weekend on Tellico Dam, since the anniversary of that controversial dam is coming soon. Interesting insight into the history of the 'snail darter' case and the economic effect the dam has had (including the Christensen Shipyards plant under construction near Greenback, where 220-ft yachts will be built).

I was working in Washington at the time and the Tellico dam story was a big deal. Now living nearby, finally seeing the lake, 30 years later, and the big housing developments being built where there were once small farms, important Cherokee settlements, and the trout fishing on the beautiful Little Tennessee River, I think the opponents knew exactly what it would lead to.


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