The Snail Darter Controversy

While TVA was constructing the Tellico Dam, it was discovered that a fish—the snail darter—would be adversely affected by the reservoir that would be created by the dam. The snail darter was on the Endangered Species list with its only known habitat being the Little Tennessee River. The plight of the snail darter pitted environmentalists against TVA and was played out in the courts, the press, and in the communities.

This article was printed in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and is one of hundreds of articles written about this controversy.

Subject

Dams-Design and construction | Snail Darter

Creator

Records of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Record Group 142

Source

Forestry Relations Correspondence, 1970-1984

Date

March 27, 1977

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 7 pages

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 78273

Coverage

Tellico Reservoir

Original Format

Paper
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