Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful will host a two-part volunteer cleanup series called the Chickamauga Lake Cleanup Weekend presented by iSustain Friday, June 25, and Saturday, June 26.
The cleanup series is made possible thanks to a $2,500 sponsorship from iSustain Recycling, a national sustainability services company that processes over 151 million pounds of recyclable products each year.
“iSustain’s extensive recycling efforts are regularly saving our waterways from literally tons of potential litter each year, and supporting our river cleanups just takes their environmental stewardship to the next level,” said Kathleen Gibi, KTNRB executive director. “They’re river champions, for sure, and we’re grateful to team up with them.”
The cleanups, held on Chickamauga Lake of the Tennessee River in Soddy Daisy, are also held in partnership with the Chickamauga Fly, Bait & Casting Club (a participant in KTNRB’s Adopt a River Mile program) and the Soddy Daisy Beautification Project. Both partners are assisting with local volunteer recruitment for the weekend’s cleanups.
KTNRB will take up to 15 volunteers out on their 26-foot work boat each day to clean a portion of the Tennessee River near Possum Creek. When the cleanups end each day, the trash collected will be hauled out of the water and dumped into a 30-yard roll-off dumpster provided by Priority Waste of Soddy Daisy.
“So exciting to be a part of the KTNRB efforts to educate, create awareness, and make an impact on the litter in our waterways,” said Mark Huber, vice president of Business Development for iSustain, Inc. and KTNRB board member. “KTNRB is focusing on the source of ocean litter and microplastic contamination, and through outreach and education we can all make a difference on our beautiful waterways here in Tennessee and nationally.”
Volunteers must register for the event as boat seats are limited. Registration for both events can be found at www.KeepTNRiverBeautiful.org/chickamauga.