Interview with Ben Jaco, October 31, 2017

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Ben Jaco, a former employee of the TVA, begins the interview by detailing how he was hired at TVA. The dynamics between the TVA Gaming and Fishing Division and the state-level gaming and fishing commission are examined. Issues and technology in the fishing industry in the mid-1950s (when Jaco began his career) are also mentioned. Additionally, Jaco talks of his time spent in the Land Wildlife division of the TVA. The interviewee then gives an overview of his career at TVA and describes the TVA's expansion following an investment in nuclear energy. TVA's role in creating coal plants is also detailed. TVA's attempts at breaking into the nuclear energy sector are further commented upon. How TVA was impacted by federal environmental legislation such as the Clean Water Act is considered. Technological changes and changes to the river system throughout Jaco's career are examined. Jaco's perspective on the snail darter controversy is revealed. Following this, issues in the Land Wildlife Division of the TVA are discussed. The stellar reputation of the TVA as a model of efficiency outside of the U.S. is explored. The interviewee describes how the American Fisheries Society expanded to Canada and Mexico. Jaco's assistance with fishery inventions are detailed. Jaco also weighs his accomplishments as a TVA employee. The freshwater mussel monitoring project of TVA is also mentioned. Aquatic vegetation control efforts are then explored, followed by experiments with cold water tilapia. Jaco concludes the interview by outlining some final and important problems that TVA faced throughout his career.

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2019oh1670_tvara0014

Interviewee Name

Ben Jaco

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2017-10-31

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Jaco, Ben Interview by Philip Mummert. 31 Oct. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Jaco, B. (2017, October 31). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Jaco, Ben, interview by Philip Mummert. October 31, 2017, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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