Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


In the early 1930's, as soon as TVA began planning for development of the Tennessee River, it was confronted by a malaria problem. Despite advances up to that time in knowledge concerning control of malaria, the disease still constituted one of the most important public health problems of the southeastern United States, and the relationship of impoundages and malaria was well documented. Reservoir impoundments in the region had proved in virtually every instance to be ideal breeding grounds for anopheline mosquitoes, and some had resulted in serious epidemics of malaria. The TVA project envisioned creation of a system of artificial lakes potentially totalling over 600,000 acres of water area and over 10,000 miles of shoreline. Impoundage of this magnitude in an area where malaria existed to a serious degree presented an unprecedented control problem.


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