Burr Legislation to Protect Lake Fontana Houseboats Passes the Senate

WASHINGTON — The United States Senate today passed Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) legislation to prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from banning houseboats on Lake Fontana and Hiwasee Lake. TVA’s original proposed ban on houseboats would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners in Western North Carolina.

“I’m pleased that the full Senate has passed this legislation, which will hopefully bring some relief to North Carolinians in Swain and Graham Counties who are worried about losing their homes because of the TVA’s proposed ban,” said Senator Richard Burr. “Many of these families have been living on the lake for decades, and no one should have to worry about losing their home because of intrusive government policies. I will continue working with Congressman Meadows to get this critical legislation passed in the House of Representatives as soon as possible.”

The Senate attached Senator Burr’s amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, a water infrastructure bill that was passed by the Senate today by a vote of 95 – 3.

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 also contains an emergency aid package for Flint, Michigan and other communities grappling with lead-contaminated water.

In August, Senator Burr wrote a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority urging the agency to reconsider this proposal which would effectively ban houseboats in some parts of Western North Carolina. The full signed letter is available online here.