Help Us Pick up the Plastic for Earth Day

From bottles to bags to boots, plastic is a menace in the Tennessee River system. This year, Earth Day is devoted to ending plastic pollution. Join us for our annual cleanups and do your part!

Did you know…

  • Over 9 billion tons of plastic have been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s?
  • The amount of plastic produced each year is roughly the same as the entire weight of humanity?
  • Nearly two million single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute?

Earth Day 2018 is focused on putting an end to plastic pollution. You can be part of the solution—by making an effort to recycle plastic bottles at your home and office, and by teaching little ones to do the same. You can also volunteer to join one of the Tennessee Valley cleanups listed here, in which TVA, its partners and volunteers will pick up tons of plastic trash and litter from our watershed throughout the month of April.

But we don’t need our volunteers only for Earth Day—we need you all year round. Volunteer spirit can come through individuals spending a few hours on a task on their own weekend time, through clubs that have agreed to help organize their members to pitch in or it can be as simple as showing up for the first time to learn something new and join in the fun. Check out our Volunteering page for more ways to get involved.

April 7

Watts Bar Association Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Info: Join the Watts Bar Lake Association for its annual spring cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Veterans Park 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.
Meet: Veterans Park; GPS coordinates 35.867220, -85.059955
Contact: Scott Ledford, (865) 632-1326

29th Annual River Rescue at Ijams Nature Center

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Info: Help clean up trash and litter at Ijams Nature Center near downtown Knoxville. TVA will donate bags and gloves.
Meet: Ijams Nature Center; GPS coordinates 35.9560, -83.8679
Contact: Scott Ledford, (865) 632-1326

Shoals Earth Month Earth Day

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Info: Come see TVA’s display discussing Natural Resources and Land Management activities.
Meet: Meet at the Tuscumbia Courthouse lawn in Colbert, AL; GPS coordinates 34.733561, -87.001148
Contact: Damien Simbeck, (256) 386-2534

April 14

Douglas Lake the Beautiful Roadways and Storm Drains Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Info: TVA, Dandridge Public Works, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Douglas Lake the Beautiful will host a special event to help clean-up roadside trash on Highway 92 with a safety escort by Dandridge Police Department. Bags, gloves, and breakfast will be provided. The cleanup will begin at 8:30am and end at 12:30pm at the new Dock at the Dandridge Ramp on Highway 92. More details available on
Meet: the new Dock at the Dandridge Ramp on Highway 92
Contact: Aurora M. Pulliam, (865) 828-1186

April 16 through 21

Chatuge Lake Clean Sweep

(Towns County, Georgia, Homeowners Association)

Date: April 16 to 21, 2018 Note date change due to wet weather recently
Time: This is a week-long “trash pick up on your own time” and curbside trash pick up will be on April 21.
Info: Volunteers are needed to help clean up highways around Chatuge Reservoir. McConnell Church and the VFW-American Legion will host group event from their respective locations at 9am on April 21.TVA will supply bags and gloves.
Contact: Kemmy Garrett,, or for meeting locations; J.C. Berrong,

April 19

Cleanup for Catfish

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Info: Volunteers are needed for cleanup of public lands on Kentucky Lake.  Kickoff for the World’s Largest Fish Partnership.
Meet: Meet at Paris Landing State Park; GPS coordinates 36.4345, -88.0861
Contact: Veronica Banks, (731) 641-2006

April 21

Cherokee Lake Users Association Annual Earth Day Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Info: Volunteers are needed to meet at various marina locations in Hamblen, Grainger, Jefferson and Hawkins counties for a lake-wide clean up, e Coli and coliform tests. Dumpsters have been donated by TVA and will be situated in three locations along the lake from Friday 4/21 through Monday 4/24. Bags, gloves, and litter grabbers will be provided. Local residents can also find out about the CLUA Adopt a Barrel program.
Meet: Meet at the Cherokee Dam Boat Launch; GPS coordinates 36.154875, -83.514707
Contact: Brian Stewart,, or Donna Dunn, (631) 495-0031 or

TVA’s Cast for Kids at Ft. Loudoun Lake

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Info: TVA and the Cast for Kids Foundation are hosting a day of boating and fishing for children with special needs. Participation is free and pre-registration is required. Participants must be ages 5-18 years old and accompanied by an adult. Participants receive a free rod and reel combo, tackle box, t-shirt and commemorative plaque with photo. Free lunch and t-shirts are provided for families and volunteers too. The deadline to register is April 18. To register as a participant, volunteer or boat captain, register online at or call (256) 310-4323.
Meet: Safe Harbor Marina at Concord Park, Farragut TN
Contact: Jeff Barnes, (256) 310-4323

Lady’s Bluff Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Info: Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter along the trail. TVA will provide bags and gloves.
Meet: Lady’s Bluff Trail Head in Perry, TN.  GPS coordinates 35.688383, -88.013025
Contact: Ember Anderson, (731) 641-2017

Knoxville Zoo Party for the Planet

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Info: TVA is taking part in Zoo Knoxville’s Party for the Planet. Party for the Planet will include local and regional environmental exhibitors to learn all about the fun ways we can help our world and wildlife together. The focus this year is plastics, including:

  • Recycling
  • Clean water impacts
  • Impacts on wildlife
  • Sharing solutions and inspiring action
  • Shaping the future/new technology

Meet: Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr., Knoxville, TN 37914.  GPS coordinates 36.001386, -83.888159
Contact: Tiffany Foster, (865) 632-8106, or Kristina Bonds, (865) 632-7187

Joe Wheeler State Park Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Info: Volunteers are needed for cleanup.
Meet: Joe Wheeler State Park in Lauderdale County, AL.  GPS coordinates 34.811305, -87.331837
Contact: Derek South, (256) 386-3429

April 22

Earth Day at Monte Sano State Park

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Info: TVA is setting up biological resources and outreach displays at Monte Sano State Park’s Earth Day. For more information,
Meet: The picnic pavilion at Monte Sano State Park located in Madison, Ala.; GPS coordinates 34.739943, -86.511816
Contact: Damien Simbeck, (256) 386-2534

April 28

Nottely Spring Lake Cleanup and Treasure Hunt Lake Improvement Association

Date: Saturday April 28, 2018 Note date change
Time: 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Info: Volunteers are needed to help clean up around Nottely Reservoir in Towns County, GA. TVA will supply bags and gloves.
Meet: Meet at Lakeside Village; GPS coordinates 34.875666, -83.95466 
Contact: Kemmy Garrett,, or

19th Annual Boone Lake Cleanup

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Info: Take clean-up litter to the marinas/docks/ramps below to get a “door prize” ticket for every bag of trash you turn in. Participants should go to Winged Deer Park for a free picnic at 4 p.m. and prize drawings at 5 p.m.
Meet: Meet at Bluff City Ramp, TWRA/11E Ramp, Boone Lake Marina, Davis Boat Dock, Rockingham Marina, Lakeview Marina, Jay’s Dock at Pickens Bridge Ramp.
Contact: Boone Lake Association, (423) 956.6615; Johnson City Parks and Recreation (423) 283-5827.

Athens Earth Day at Friendship Church

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 a.m.70 3:00 p.m.
Info: TVA is setting up biological resources and outreach displays at Athens Earth Day to be held in Friendship Church in Athens, Ala. Last year’s event attracted 50 exhibitors to share information on the environment, earth-friendly products and services, and healthy living. Free food, door prizes and fun, hands-on activities are for young and old. For more information visit
Meet: Friendship Church at 16479 Lucas Ferry Road in Athens, Ala.; GPS coordinates 34.803553, -86.966542
Contact: Damien Simbeck, (256) 386-2534

At TVA, It’s Earth Day Every Day

TVA takes plastic pollution seriously, embracing good stewardship on its public lands, corporate recycling and a broad-based sustainability program aimed at keeping keeping the planet—and the Valley's communities—clean, strong and healthy. Read more about TVA's ongoing sustainability efforts.