Melton Hill Dam

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Melton Hill Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Clinch River just south of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States.wikipedia
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Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Melton Hill Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Clinch River just south of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States.
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Clinch River

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Melton Hill Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Clinch River just south of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States.
The Clinch River is dammed twice: by Norris Dam, the first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); and by the Melton Hill Dam, the only TVA dam with a navigation lock that is not located on the main channel of the Tennessee River.

Tennessee Valley Authority

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The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1960s to extend the Tennessee Valley's continuous navigation channel up the Clinch as far as Clinton and to increase TVA's overall power-generating capacity.

Clinton, Tennessee

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The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1960s to extend the Tennessee Valley's continuous navigation channel up the Clinch as far as Clinton and to increase TVA's overall power-generating capacity.
This section of the river is technically part of Melton Hill Lake, a reservoir created by the impoundment of the Clinch at Melton Hill Dam some 35 mi downstream from Clinton.

Watts Bar Lake

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Melton Hill's tailwaters are part of Watts Bar Lake, a main Tennessee River channel impoundment that extends across the lower 23 mi of the Clinch.
The widening of the Clinch by the lake makes that river navigable all the way up to Melton Hill Dam (35.88472°N, -84.3°W), which is equipped with a navigation lock allowing navigation upstream through Oak Ridge and Clinton.

Norris Dam

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Melton Hill is the newer of two dams on the lower Clinch, the other being Norris Dam, located 56 mi upstream from Melton Hill.
The dam's tailwaters are part of Melton Hill Lake, which stretches for 56 mi along the Clinch from Norris to Melton Hill Dam.

Hydroelectricity

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Melton Hill Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Clinch River just south of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States.

Lock (water navigation)

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The dam impounds the 5470 acre Melton Hill Lake, and is the only TVA tributary dam serviced by a navigation lock.

National Register of Historic Places

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The dam and associated infrastructure were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.

U.S. National Geodetic Survey

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Melton Hill Dam was named for a knob atop nearby Copper Ridge where the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey installed a triangulation station in 1884.

Triangulation station

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Melton Hill Dam was named for a knob atop nearby Copper Ridge where the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey installed a triangulation station in 1884.

Virginia

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The Clinch River flows southwestward for 300 mi from its source in southwestern Virginia through the hills of northeastern Tennessee before emptying into the Tennessee River at Kingston.

Tennessee River

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The Clinch River flows southwestward for 300 mi from its source in southwestern Virginia through the hills of northeastern Tennessee before emptying into the Tennessee River at Kingston.

Kingston, Tennessee

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The Clinch River flows southwestward for 300 mi from its source in southwestern Virginia through the hills of northeastern Tennessee before emptying into the Tennessee River at Kingston.

Roane County, Tennessee

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Melton Hill Dam is located 23 mi upstream from the mouth of the Clinch, stretching across the Roane-Loudon county line.

Loudon County, Tennessee

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Melton Hill Dam is located 23 mi upstream from the mouth of the Clinch, stretching across the Roane-Loudon county line.

Electricity generation

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Melton Hill is a concrete gravity-type dam with an electric power generation capacity of 79 megawatts.

Anderson County, Tennessee

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Melton Hill Lake provides nearly 193 miles (311 km) of shoreline and 5,470 acres (22 km²) of water surface for navigation and recreation, and includes parts of Loudon, Roane, Anderson, and Knox counties.

Knox County, Tennessee

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Melton Hill Lake provides nearly 193 miles (311 km) of shoreline and 5,470 acres (22 km²) of water surface for navigation and recreation, and includes parts of Loudon, Roane, Anderson, and Knox counties.

United States Army Corps of Engineers

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognized the dam potential of the Melton Hill site as early as the 1920s, and the Tennessee Valley Authority began investigating the site as part of its lower Clinch Valley surveys in the late 1930s.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the funding bill into law on September 2, 1960, and TVA began building the dam on September 6, 1960.

United States Atomic Energy Commission

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The construction of Melton Hill Dam and its reservoir required the purchase of 6182 acre of land, 2182 acre of which— mostly situated along the river's west bank immediately upstream from the dam site— were in possession of the Atomic Energy Commission.

University of Tennessee

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The project's most problematic relocation issue involved an experimental farm operated by the Agricultural Research Laboratory, a joint initiative of the AEC and the University of Tennessee.

Old Hickory Lock and Dam

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The dam's lock was designed by the Army Corps of Engineers, which based the design on the Corps' Old Hickory Dam lock in Middle Tennessee.