TVA encouraging volunteer clean-up efforts

TVA is celebrating Tennessee public lands this weekend by cleaning them up.

National Public Lands Day is September 24, a national effort to encourage volunteers to get outside and give back to the community by cleaning up in local parks. 

Crews will host clean up projects over the next few weeks at various locations:

Norris Island Invasions

Where: Sites in Tennessee’s Anderson, Campbell and Union counties
Date: September 17, September 24 and October 1, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day
Meet: Various launch points

The Norris Lake Project Team will be hosting this special event to help clean up debris and trash on the lake’s islands and shorelines. There will be several different launch sites: Oak Grove in Anderson County; Big Ridge State Park in Union County (where volunteers will be using kayaks); and the Deerfield and Flat Hollow areas in Campbell County. Boats will be available to shuttle volunteers to and from the islands. However, volunteers are welcome to bring their own boats and/or kayaks. Volunteers are urged to wear appropriate shoes and to bring gloves and a life jacket. TVA will provide bags and a trash barge. For additional information and/or to sign up for the cleanup, call (800) 524-3602 or visit, or contact Tim Pruitt at

Watts Bar Association Cleanup

Where: Watts Bar Dam Reservation
Date: September 23, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Meet: Highway 68, Spring City, Tenn.

Join the Watts Bar Lake Association for its annual fall cleanup. Volunteers will meet at the Watts Bar Dam Reservation and then depart to different islands to pick up trash and litter. TVA and the Rhea County litter crew will provide supplies; volunteers should wear appropriate footwear and bring water. For additional information, call Scott Ledford at (865) 632-1326.

Worthington Cemetery Interpretive Walk and Stewardship

Where: Worthington Cemetery on Melton Hill Reservoir
Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meet: Elza Gate parking lot in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

TVA and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will lead an interpretive walk at the historic Worthington Cemetery. The walk will include descriptions of unique cedar barren plants and opportunities to participate in removal of invasive and exotic plants. Bring gloves, sunscreen, appropriate footwear and clothing and loppers or other such gardening tools. Additional tools, safety glasses, gloves, water and a pizza lunch will be provided. For additional information, contact Angela Sutton at or Jimmy Groton at

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(© 2016 WBIR)


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