TVA Invites You to Celebrate Public Lands Day and Make a Difference

September 15, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Get outdoors AND help make a difference by volunteering – two ways the Tennessee Valley Authority is inviting the public to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24.

Recreational opportunities are available on the more than 290,000 acres of public lands and waters that TVA manages across its seven-state service area.

TVA is partnering with local organizations to host volunteer activities that extend beyond the one day observance:

  • Norris Islands (Anderson, Campbell and Union Counties in Tenn.) – The Norris Lake Project Team hosts this event to clean up debris and trash on the islands and shoreline. There will be several different launch sites on Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.
  • Watts Bar Cleanup – (Watts Bar Dam Reservation, Rhea Co., Tenn.) – Join the Watts Bar Lake Association for its annual fall cleanup on Sept. 23.
  • Worthington Cemetery (Melton Hill Reservoir, Anderson County, Tenn.) – TVA and Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning will lead an interpretive walk at the cemetery on Sept. 24, which will include time for removal of invasive and exotic plants.
  • East Lakeshore Trail (Tellico Reservoir, Tenn.) – Trail users and volunteers are invited to this work day on Sept. 24.
  • Cooley Cemetery Trail (Guntersville Reservoir, Ala.) – Trail maintenance day at Cooley Cemetery Trail to include removal of trash and debris on Sept. 24.
  • Tennessee River Rescue (Nickajack and Chickamauga Reservoirs, Tenn.) – Over 800 community, school and business groups are expected for this yearly river cleanup event near Chattanooga on Oct. 1.

A full list of TVA sponsored events, including hours, directions and contacts, is posted on the TVA webpage at Some events may be canceled or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. It was created to educate people about critical issues affecting the environment and natural resources and the need for shared stewardship of these valued, irreplaceable lands.


TVA Public Relations
(865) 632-6000
Knoxville, TN