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Initial Regulations Open for Comment

The notice published in the Federal Register is open for public comment until March 17, 2018.


Per the requirements of the WIIN Act of 2016, the TVA is instituting a Registration process to validate the inventory of Floating Cabins taken by TVA staff in the summer of 2017.   The objective is for owners to state their intent to register their Floating Cabins by January 1, 2019.


The TVA assembled a Stakeholders Group comprised of various Federal and State Agencies, members of the public, Marina Owners, Utilities, and members of the TVFHA board who represent various reservoirs.   This group has 3 sub committees which examine (1) the Fees and Registration, (2) Water Quality and Flotation, and (3) Electrical and Mooring Standards. These committees and the group as a whole worked to a consensus of the recommended regulations to the TVA.


This is an ongoing process that has involved many hours of meetings, teleconferences, research, and webinars.  These “reasonable” standards will be forthcoming and available for comment later this year.


Now, with this being said, the TVFHA firmly believes in establishing a Marina Ambassador program which will help communicate the upcoming standards, and help ensure that  Floating Cabin owners in each marina are adhering to the policies and standards.   Additionally, they will assist in communicating any issues back to the TVFHA Board.


With respect to the comments regarding this publication, the board supports the registration process and would expect the TVA to minimize any costs associated with the process. We will continue to work in collaboration with the TVA and provide mechanisms for the positive aspects of the Floating Cabin impacts to the local economy, and recreation resources.


We ask that your public comments be supportive of helping to protect the resources, fair and reasonable regulations, and help ensure that all 26a permit holders, including private docks, be held accountable for the impact they have as well.


With the freedom of being granted protection from forced removal also come the responsibility to each other and the resource to ensure we are acting within reasonable standards.

Huge “WIIN” for the TVFHA

Friday, December 14, 2016, President Obama signed the 2016 WRDA Bill, which removes the 30 year sunset and makes it illegal for the TVA to arbitrarily remove our floating homes from all TVA reservoirs. Now known as the “WIIN Act”, it is a true win for all of us and thanks to your support, we have come a long way since February 26, 2016.

Although this is a HUGE victory, our work is not done as the TVA still has regulations to implement and fees to assess. We truly need your financial contributions to help cover financial obligations we have incurred in order to make this DREAM a reality. Also, down the road, we’d hate to lose homes over unreasonable regulations and unaffordable fees. We must continue to be vigilant and work with the TVA to ensure that doesn’t happen. Please help get your neighbors on board as if everyone pitches in the burden will be much lighter for all who benefit.

WE as the TVFHA made a commitment to the TVA and the general public, that if we remain, we shall become model stewards. Collaborating on regulations and enforcement. Part of this collaborative effort revolves around engagement of every Floating Home Owner on EVERY RESERVOIR!

In ADDITION to FUNDING OUR OBLIGATION we are requesting the following:

1) EVERY Floating Cabin owner be a part of the TVFHA. 
Membership is critical the fee will be nominal, which will fund not only maintaining our future, but various stewardship projects.

2) Marina Ambassadors
These volunteers are critical to communicating the message of the TVFHA and the TVA Regs to All FLoating Cabin Owners. They will be the “boots on the ground” to assist in registration and compliance. 
This is a cost savings for The TVFHA and TVA.

3) Stewardship Project Leaders
We have shown that we are a force that cares about the reservoirs, not just for self. NOW we must show this, to everyone. 
 In the coming months we will organize various projects to clean up the lake and partner with the TVA. But we need YOUR involvement.

This Floating Nation is Strong, This Floating Nation is United, This Floating Nation OURS.

H.R. 5303 Passes in the House!

The Water Resource Development Act of 2016 passed on September 28, 2016. As part of the bill, there was an amendment proposed by Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11) to save floating homes.

Congressman Meadow’s Press Release

Rep. Meadows’ TVA Proposal Passes House

Sep 29, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) proposal to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to ban floating cabins passed the House as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act 0f 2016 (WRDA).

Earlier this year, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced their intentions to eventually outlaw floating cabins by proposing a 30-year “sunset” provision. The policy would negatively impact nearly 400 floating cabin owners on Lake Fontana in North Carolina, forcing hundreds of families to move from homes they have lived in for years while disastrously affecting their private assets and property values. The economies of nearby counties, particularly Swain and Graham County, would also feel significant negative effects.

The Subcommittee on Government Operations, which Rep. Meadows chairs, held a hearing on this issue last week that included two witnesses from Western North Carolina: Laura Sneed, founder of Fontana Families for Floating Houses, and David Monteith, Vice Chairman of the Swain County Board of Commissioners

“The TVA’s decision to ban floating cabins has already had devastating effects for hundreds of hard-working owners and the surrounding economy in my district–even well before the 30-year timeline expires,” Rep. Meadows said. “This is yet another example of the federal government choosing to get involved without seriously evaluating the consequences placed upon tax-paying families. I was pleased to see my proposal included in WRDA, and moving forward, I hope that my colleagues and I can continue working toward a solution to make it clear that this kind of government overreach will not be tolerated.”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) also introduced their own bill in the Senate, which passed last week. WRDA will now undergo final negotiations in conference.


The TVFHA goes to Washington!


Link to the Subcommittee on Government Operations for more information

September 15, 2016 – WRDA Bill Passes Senate

The S.2848 – Water Resources Development Act of 2016 was passed by the Senate on September 15, 2016. This bill includes Senator Burr’s and Senator Tillis’ amendment and was passed with a vote count of 95 YEAs and 3 Nays. Thank you Senators!



On Thursday, September 8, 2016 North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis introduced legislation to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) proposed ban on houseboats! It was filed as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.

The text of the amendment is available online here and a copy of Senator Burr’s press release is available online here.

Thank you Senator Burr and Senator Tillis!




Today in Washington, DC Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11) filed a companion bill in the House of Representatives to North Carolina Senator Richard Burr’s legislation in the Senate that will prohibit TVA from forcing our floating homes off of Fontana Lake, Norris Lake, or any other TVA lake across the multi-state TVA region.

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3) immediately signed on as the first co-sponsor of the legislation.

Check out Congressman Meadow’s Bill and Congressman Meadow’s website for his press release

ATTENTION: August 25th is the next TVA Board Meeting

Are you a floating home owner and you want your voice to be heard?

If so, please attend the next TVA Board Meeting on August 25th in Knoxville, TN. There is a Public Commentary Section and everyone who signs up is allowed to speak. Be prepared to use your 3 minutes to clearly and concisely express what you want to get across. Remember, we must remain professional and respectful, but the TVA Board needs to know how we feel about the sunset as well as the proposed fees and regulations. This problem is not just going to go away and we need to remind them that we’re still here and we’re still working to change the outcome.

Date: August 25, 2016

Time: 8:30-9:00 (may need to get there in advance of this time)

Location: TVA Headquarters – West Tower, Plaza Level

Address:  450 W Summit Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902-1415

Sign up: Online in advance and check in again in the morning. I believe this page will have the link for you to sign up with the post it a week or so before the meeting:

May 5 TVA Board Meeting Video

Did you miss the May 5th Board Meeting and want to see what happened?

Visit TVA’s website and watch today.

Press: “TVA Meets with Alarka houseboat owners”

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