(WHNT) — Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful (KTNRB) is seeking volunteers to participate in four cleanups beginning in October, with the goal of surpassing the record 600,000 pounds of trash removed since its formation.
Two of these cleanups will take place in Alabama.
October is celebrated as “Tennessee River Watershed Beauty Month, presented by the Tennessee Valley Authority.” Starting October 14, the KTNRB is planning four more cleanups to try to reach its goal.
The nonprofit was established in 2016, collecting just over 10,000 pounds of trash per year until introducing a boat in 2019. Since then, KTNRB said its annual total waste had increased considerably.
Today, two boats are in action to help with the cleanup efforts and have already set a new 2023 record with 153,909 pounds of trash removed so far this year.
“Volunteers will be taken aboard five 30-foot wreck boats to clean up shorelines identified by large deposits of trash. Each of the four cleanups will take place in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama in the Tennessee River watershed,” the nonprofit explained.
- Saturday, October 14 – New Tazewell, Tennessee | Norris Lake
- Sunday, October 15 – Bean Station, Tennessee | Cherokee Lake
- Saturday, October 28 – Counce, Tennessee/ Iuka, Miss./ Waterloo, Alabama | Pickwick Lake
- Saturday, October 29 – Decatur, Alabama | Wheeler Lake
According to a news release from the nonprofit, governors and mayors in the Tennessee River watershed will make proclamations. He also asked his network of nearly 200 river adoptees to organize their own river cleanups during the month of October.
To register for one of the cleanup dates, you can visit the KTNRB website. If you’re unable to meet one of the cleanup dates, you can still help by making a pledge through KTNRB’s #Pledge4Rivers campaign.