Reviewing the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Prohibition on Houseboats

Hearing Date: September 23, 2016 9:30 am 2247 Rayburn HOB


  • To review the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) proposed policy on houseboats, including the impact of the policy on houseboat owners and surrounding communities.
  • To evaluate the purported water quality improvements TVA contends will result from the policy.


  • TVA’s Board of Directorsapproved a policy to prohibit new floating houses on all of its reservoirs and to require the removal of all floating houses after a 30 year sunset.
  • The policy would affect 1,800 houseboats and impact local tax revenue, property investments of houseboat owners, and the Southeast’s tourism and recreation industry.



Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Michael Butler Chief Executive Officer Tennessee Wildlife Federation Document
Mr. William (Bill) D. Johnson President and CEO Tennessee Valley Authority Document
Mr. David Moneith Vice Chairman Swain County Board of Commissioners Document
Ms. Laura Sneed Founder Fontana Families for Floating Houses Document
Mr. Michael Wilks President Tennessee Valley Floating Home Alliance Document