Tennessee River Grand Slam Cleanup Series collects 15,700 pounds of trash in 2 days

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Two days of work by volunteers on Watts Bar and Fort Loudoun lakes has removed nearly 8 tons of trash and garbage.

Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful led 58 volunteers March 20-21 in the cleanup of the river’s reservoirs in Roane, Knox and Blount counties. The “Tennessee River Grand Slam Cleanup Series” collected 9,426 pounds of refuse from Watts Bar and 6,286 pounds from Fort Loudoun, a total of more than 15,700 pounds.

Among some of the items collected were a dock, an abandoned boat, a washing machine, and a portable toilet.

“We are blown away by the ever-increasing enthusiasm and momentum around river cleanup efforts in diverse communities in the Tennessee River watershed,” Kathleen Gibi, executive director for KTNRB, said. “The energy is seen in the numbers, like the phenomenal achievements our volunteers made this weekend.”

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