Welcome to the
Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council Website
a 501(c)3 organization, was established in the spring of 2017. This council is a productive and comprehensive body established to address the many issues involving invasive aquatic species. Our mission is to evaluate, assess, and recommend actions necessary to protect the ecology and economic engines of the upper TN River Lakes, including: Nickajack, Chickamauga, Watts Bar, Melton Hill, Ft. Loudon, and Tellico. This includes control of existing invasive aquatic plants, and more importantly to prevent the invasive Asian Silver-Carp from migrating further upstream. These lakes face the most serious ecological devastation and economic decline in the history of this region. We hope you will join in our fight to save our lakes by becoming a WBEFC stakeholder and taking part in our efforts. You can do so by going to “Contact” and filling out the short form. Only with a major effort will our lakes survive.WBEFC Structure
Help Protect Watts Bar
Together we must work to protect and improve the ecology of our lakes as well as safeguard the multi-billion dollar economy they bring to this region every year. If action is not taken to stop the Silver-Carp from migrating here, without question, we will lose everything wondrous about this spectacular aquatic ecosystem, as well as the economic engine they afford us.
Watts Bar Reservoir extends 72.4 miles northeast from Watts Bar Dam in Spring City, TN, to Fort Loudoun Dam. The dam is located about midway between Knoxville and Chattanooga, and is one of nine TVA dams on the Tennessee River. The reservoir provides popular recreational outdoor activities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, etc. The reservoir has 722 miles of shoreline and over 39,090 acres of water surface, and a flood-storage capacity of 379,000 acre-feet. Watts Bar Dam has one 60x360-foot lock that lifts and lowers barges as much as 70 feet to Chickamauga Reservoir. The lock handles more than a million tons of cargo a year.