In an epic cleanup weekend, volunteers dug out more than 9,000 pounds of trash from along the banks of the Tennessee River.
Organized by nonprofits Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful and Johnsonville State Historic Park
The team led another cleanup in October, when they collected 4,811 pounds of trash. And there’s still more to be cleaned; the team is planning another event in April and aims to collect 100,000 pounds of trash from the river by the end of the year.
25 volunteers gathered over three days to remove a whopping 9,208 lbs. of trash, with the help of KTNRB’s 25-foot aluminum work boat launching from Pebble Isle Marina.
Three river miles were adopted by volunteers who wanted to keep up the work on their own after this weekend.
“That’s how the change for our river will happen: through local partners and individuals who are eager about taking ownership to protect and improve their beautiful river community,” said Kathleen Gibi, KTNRB Executive Director.
When KTNRB hosted a cleanup in October, they partnered with national nonprofit Living Lands & Waters who brought five 30-ft work boats to remove 4,811-lbs. of trash—that’s a grand total of 14,019 lbs. of trash removed from four cleanups.
The group hopes to stage another event in April and aims to collect 100,000 pounds of trash from the river by the end of the year. Follow KTNRB on Facebook or other social media or check their website to learn about upcoming cleanup dates.