Earth Week: Reducing Tennessee River Pollution

Tennessee River

by COBY BENNETT

As Earth Week 2021 is held, the volunteers at Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful have been making waves in their effort to rid the river of trash in the three states (Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky) where the tributary is dominant.

Over the last month across four clean-ups the organization has removed more than 11 tons of trash from the river.

The Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful nonprofit is the first Keep America Beautiful affiliate to exclusively focus on a river. Their mission is to educate and inspire people to take action in order to maintain a clean and healthy river for the next generations. In order to achieve their mission, they organize volunteer cleanups along the 652-mile river and its tributaries, which covers seven states including Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

The organization’s latest efforts took place at Wheeler Lake and the Shoals, both located in Alabama.

The next clean-up will be in honor of Earth Day, April 22 and target Clifton, Tenn., before moving on to Humphreys County (Tenn.) the following weekend.

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