to Manage Litter and Natural Debris
and refuse that floats downstream through the reservoir system has a
tendency to accumulate at dams. During flood control operations, which
require TVA to quickly pass large volumes of water over a dams
spillways, this trash flows downstream.
To help mitigate
this problem, TVA has an experimental program that uses booms to help
prevent garbage from entering the reservoir system and skimmers to remove
it from dam forebays once it has collected. In addition, the agencys
Watershed Teams participate in hundreds of cleanups, which remove tons
of garbage before it enters the main river each year.
But, says Janet
Herrin, Senior Vice President of River Operations, removal is only a
part of the solution. Prevention is the real key. We need to reduce
the amount of litter and debris that enters the reservoir system.
Through the National Clean Boating Campaign and other educational programs,
TVA Watershed Teams are working to heighten peoples awareness
of the damage done by garbage dumping. However, Herrin concedes, there
is much work to be done. Ultimately, it will take everyone working
together to keep our waterways litter-free.
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