The Act

Checked in 1933, the Tennessee Valley Authority Act developed a public company "To boost the navigability as well as to offer the flooding control of the Tennessee River; to offer reforestation and also the appropriate use minimal lands in the Tennessee Valley; to attend to the commercial and also farming growth of claimed valley ... as well as for various other objectives." Discover more concerning the Act.

Living our Background of Solution Everyday's initial 1933 function-- stated in the Act-- was to deal with the Valley"s essential concerns in power, ecological stewardship and also financial growth. Find out about vital minutes in our background as we have actually dealt with crucial problems in the Tennessee Valley such as power manufacturing, flooding control and also reforestation, as well as concerning just how our goal of solution lives on today. Click the days listed below to obtain an extra extensive accountancy of"s background from years to years.


The 1930s

With the nation reeling from the Great Anxiety, Head of state Roosevelt developed his "New Bargain" to aid America recuperate. The Tennessee Valley Authority was started to assist the hard-hit Tennessee Valley, where it was entrusted with enhancing the lifestyle in the area.


The 1940s

Versus the background of The second world war, introduced among the biggest hydropower building programs ever before embarked on in the USA.


The 1950s

Acting as the country's biggest power vendor, gained from 1959 regulations that made our power system self-financing.


The 1960s

Suiting unmatched financial development, started constructing nuclear plants to broaden our ability and also stimulate advancement.


The 1970s-- 80s

A challenging years influenced by increasing gas prices resulted in ingenious thinking of power preservation. Functioning efficiently to quit a consistent surge in power prices, we led the way for an extended period of secure prices.

The 1990s

With a duration of restructuring, maintained wholesale electrical power dependable as well as inexpensive while revealing a brand-new clean-air approach.

The 2000s

With power need expanding, transformed its focus back to tidy atomic energy, returning an idled activator to solution, and also leading the way to complete building of one more. We additionally introduced the very first environment-friendly power program in the Southeast.

The 2010s

We remain to accomplish our objective of offering the individuals of the Tennessee Valley area, to make life far better with our operate in power, the setting and also financial growth. Heritage

These comprehensive columns inform the tale of with individuals and also occasions that formed its background-- as well as without a doubt life in the Tennessee Valley as we understand it today. Check out the vision, disputes, political as well as individual battles that made excellent.

For Children & Educators

Composing an institution record? Searching for STEM tasks or house institution tasks? Desire a youngster"s sight of Make use of these sources to learn more about our background as well as objective of solution.

Commemorating Dams


The Unified Advancement of the Tennessee River prepare stressed out was to give flooding control, navigating as well as electrical power for the area.'s dams are substantial proof of its key goal: enhancing life in the Tennessee Valley. We're commemorating the strategy with an extensive check out 32 of the dams it consists of.

Bibliography of Background

An extensive bibliography for those that intend to dig even more deeply right into the interesting and also abundant background of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Be a Person Archivist!

Desire a look of life in lost Appalachia while aiding genealogistsand various other scientists? The National Archives and also Records Management requires volunteers to aid record its substantial historic documents, consisting of those on family members affected by the building and construction of dams. Find out just how to sign up with the initiative.