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Snail Darter and Tellico Dam

In the 1970s the Tellico Dam and the snail darter became the center of a legal battle that drew national attention. The Tellico Dam is located in Loudon County, Tennessee. It is an impoundment dam holding water for downstream use and does not produce electricity. It impounds the Tellico Reservoir on the Little Tennessee River, a tributary of the Tennessee River. The Tellico Reservoir flooded the Cherokee town sites of Chota, Tenasi (whose name was anglicized into the word Tennessee), and Tuskegee.

Many of the thousands of dams in America were built by federal agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, or the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The Tellico Dam was built by the TVA, but was blocked from final development ...

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