Keeping the Valley beautiful
Watershed Teams and Earth Day celebrations are natural partners
It’s springtime on the Little Tennessee River watershed, and some people are planning summer vacations. But Keri Chartrand is busy planning Earth Day activities and reservoir clean-up opportunities.
“Spring is the best time for us to engage our partners in community projects,” says Chartrand, a watershed representative for the Little Tennessee Watershed Team. “Everyone looks forward to being outside, and since the water levels are lower, we can collect more trash and get the reservoir ready for summer recreation.”
One of the biggest activities in Chartrand’s area is the Blount County Round Up. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 25, when more than 400 volunteers will converge on the Little River in Blount County to remove litter and debris from the banks and the roadsides, stencil storm drains and restore stream buffers. Since the event started in 1999, TVA has provided trash bags and gloves for all the volunteers, who have removed more than 54 tons of trash and litter.
The Little River Watershed Association and Keep Blount Beautiful work closely with TVA on this event. “Events like these are one of our best opportunities to educate children and families about water and energy conservation, and they will continue these activities long after Earth Day is over,” Chartrand says.
In addition to watershed teams, other TVA organizations across the Valley are participating in numerous Earth Day activities (see box below).