Adjunct Professor Earns TVA Award

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Chattanooga resident and TVA geographic analyst Dr. Major McCollough , who is an adjunct professor of anthropology at Sewanee, has won a TVA Environmental Excellence Award for his outstanding dedication and work towards the preservation and protection of culturally and historically significant natural resources in the Tennessee Valley. For more than 20 years, McCollough worked to protect and preserve the 1000-acre Moccasin Bend on the Tennessee River, which was designated as a National Park by an act of Congress in November 2002, and the 450-acre Williams Island State Archaeological Park in the Tennessee River. His efforts resulted in the preservation of nationally significant cultural and natural resources in 1,500 acres of new public park land within the Chattanooga city limits. McCollough is also active in the Chattanooga community, serving as the volunteer president and principal archaeologist of the Chattanooga Regional Anthropological Association. “Dr. McCollough’s contributions to the preservations of Moccasin Bend National Park and Williams Island State Archaeological Park for future generations demonstrates his commitment to managing the competing demands of the Tennessee River system while optimizing the benefits to the local community,” said TVA Environmental Executive Kate Jackson. TVA Environmental Excellence Awards are presented annually to a TVA individual, team, site, facility or organization that has demonstrated exemplary environmental performance in support of one of TVA’s six environmental principles. Those principles are: management commitment; environmental protection and stewardship; environmental compliance; pollution prevention; partnerships/public involvement; and innovation and technology. All award winners received certificates and a framed print depicting the Tennessee Valley environment. TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financed. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve approximately 8.5 million consumers in seven southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood control, navigation, water quality, and recreation.

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