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How The Cumberland River Reservoir System Works

hief Plan Formulation Section Engineer Craig Carrington poses in front of J. Percy Priest Dam’s Fixed Cone Valve while it sprays water into the Stones RiverReservoir Purposes

The Nashville District operates ten multipurpose projects (lakes) that comprise the Cumberland River Reservoir System.  Each project has a unique set of operating objectives.  However, these operating objectives often have conflicting demands for water and require strategic management and coordination to strike a balance that ensures all demands are given full consideration.  These purposes include:

  • Flood Risk Management
  • Commercial Navigation
  • Hydropower Production
  • Water Supply
  • Recreation
  • Environmental Stewardship

The most important purpose in the Cumberland River Reservoir System is flood damage reduction. However, not all reservoirs have the ability to store larger amounts of water.