Waterway: Little Tennessee R
License issued: 9/7/2011
License expires: 8/31/2041
The Franklin Project is located in southwestern North Carolina on the Little Tennessee River, about 21 river miles upstream of Fontana Lake, which is administered by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Franklin Project consists of: (1) a 463-foot-long, 36-foot-high concrete gravity dam, which includes, beginning at the left abutment (a) a 15-foot-long nonoverflow section, (b) a 54-foot-long uncontrolled spillway with two bays, (c) a 181.5- foot-long gated section with six Tainter gates, (d) a second 54-foot-long uncontrolled spillway with two bays, (e) a 25-foot-long non-overflow section, (f) a 63-foot-long intake section with six intake gates leading to a powerhouse integral with the dam, (g) a 70-footlong non-overflow section, and (2) a 174-acre reservoir (Lake Emory) at full pond elevation 2,000.22 feet mean sea level (msl). The powerhouse contains two turbine/generating units, the 520-kW generating unit No. 1 and the 520-kW generating unit No. 2, with a total installed capacity of 1.04 MW.