Join an Earth Day Cleanup this Month

Join us in showing some love to Mother Earth by helping to clean up public waterways and lands, and participating in community Earth Day celebrations throughout the Tennessee Valley. 

April 22 is always a special day for TVA—that’s when we join millions of people worldwide in celebrating Earth Day and showing some love to Mother Earth. But it’s not just one day—we spend the entire month of April hosting and sponsoring numerous cleanups and participating in community Earth Day celebrations throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Every year, TVA employees, partners and volunteers join together to enjoy nature and to pick up trash and litter from the Tennessee River watershed. We plan to do it again this year and we’ll need your help.

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 at TVA page for more ways to get involved any time of the year.

2019 Earth Day Celebration Events

Shoals Earth Day at Wilson Park

Date: April 6
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT
Location: Wilson Park, N. Seminary St., Florence, Ala. (GPS coordinates: 34.803052, -87.67274). An alternate rain location is The Roundhouse, Tuscumbia, Ala. (GPS coordinates: 34.732807, -87.705894).
County: Lauderdale, Alabama
Description: TVA staff will be hosting an outreach display discussing TVA’s Natural Resources and Land Management activities.
Contact: Damien Simbeck at (256) 386-2534 or

Watts Bar Lake Association River Cleanup

Date: April 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Veterans Park in Spring City, Tenn. (GPS coordinates: 35.867220, -85.059955)
County: Meigs, Rhea and Roane County, Tennessee
Description: 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.
Contact: Scott Ledford at (865) 632-1326

30thAnnual Ijams River Rescue

Date: April 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.ET
Location: Ijams Nature Center coordinates the Ijams River Rescue on 50 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.
County: Knox, Tennessee
Description: It’s time for the 30th annual Ijams River Rescue, presented by TVA with support from Lowe’s. Make plans to join in the fun during this year’s landmark event.
Contact: To register, please contact the Ijams Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Bird at (865) 577-4716 x135 or

Nottely Lake Improvement Association Cleanup

Date: April 6
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT
Location: Lakeside Village community boat slip, 843 Lakeside Dr., Blairsville, Ga. (GPS coordinates: 34.915878, -84.047615)
County: Union, Georgia
Description: The Lake Nottely Lake Improvement Association will be hosting a river cleanup, and TVA will be supporting with bags and gloves. The public is invited to meet at the Lake Side Village community boat slip to be assigned to their locations.
Contact: Kemmy Garrett at (828) 837-4553 or

Norris Lake Cleanup

Date: April 6
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Location: Norris Landing Marina, 1015 Marina Landing Road, Tazwell, Tenn. (GPS coordinates: 36.375877, -83.584969)
County: Claiborne, Tennessee
Description: Volunteers will be cleaning up the lake shore near the launch points and on nearby islands. Boat transportation will be provided but if you have boat, you are welcome to bring it. You are also encouraged to bring a life jacket it you have one. Bags will be provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and wear tennis shoes, boots or other shoes with tread. The lake banks will be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear.
Contact: Brian Stewart(865) 828-1185 or

Norris Wildflower Walks

Date: April 6
Time: 10:00 am and 1:00 pm EST
Location: TVA River Bluff Trail, Dabney Ln., Rocky Top, Tenn. (GPS coordinates: 36.220539, -84.095284)
County: Anderson, Tennessee
Description: These annual wildflower walks—hosted by TVA in conjunction with Norris Dam State Park—are free and require no reservation. The trail is a moderately difficult, 3.4-mile loop and is known for a spectacular array of spring wildflowers, including yellow trout lilies, celandine poppies, bloodroot, spring beauties and toothwort. The hikes will be held rain or shine, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Contact: Brian Ross at (865) 632-1354, or TVA's Public Land Information Center at (800) 882-5263.

Cherokee Lake Users Association Lake Cleanup

Date: April 13
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Four locations: Black Oak Marina (GPS coordinates: 36.152962, -83.486557); Gilmore Dock (GPS coordinates: 36.271679, -83.393946); Cedar Hill Boat Dock (GPS coordinates: 36.195869, -83.427673); Lakeside Marina (GPS coordinates: 36.273605, -83.282120)
County: Jefferson, Grainger, Hawkins and Hamblen, Tennessee
Description: Cherokee Lake Users Association, TVA and several local marinas are teaming up for the spring cleanup.
Contact: Donna Dunn at (631) 495-0031 or

Towns County Big Sweep Cleanup

Date: April 15 through 27
Time: Various
Description: TVA is supporting the Towns County Chamber of Commerce’s Big Sweep by donating bags and gloves. The weeklong litter cleanup focuses on highways and shorelines on Chatuge Reservoir. This is an annual cleanup that gets bigger and more successful every year.
County: Towns, Georgia
Contact: Please contact J.C. Berrong (706) 781-8366 for times, locations, and to pre-register, or Kemmy Garrett at (828) 837-4553 or

Make Orange Green Earth Day at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Date: April 17
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: HSS Plaza on the University of Tennessee campus (GPS coordinates: 5.954109, -83.928820)
County: Knox, Tennessee
Description: TVA will host an outreach booth, highlighting recreation and natural resources at the University of Tennessee.
Contact: Randy Eaker at

Earth Day at Monte Sano State Park

Date: April 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT
Location: Monte Sano State Park, 5105 Nolen Ave, Huntsville, Ala. (GPS coordinates: 34.797845, -87.001148)
County: Madison, Alabama
Description: TVA will have an outreach display focusing on Natural Resources and land management activities. For more information,visit
Contact: Damien Simbeck at (256) 386-2534 or

Boone Lake Association Cleanup

Date: April 27
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Participants wanting to pick up litter on the land and shoreline, meet at the Bluff City boat ramp or the TWRA/11E ramp. Water and land, meet at Boone Lake Marina; Davis Boat Dock; Rockingham Marina; Lakeview Marina; or Jay’s Dock (Pickens Bridge Ramp)         
Description: Pick up lake litter using the trash bags provided, then take your trash to the marinas / docks / ramps named above and get a “door prize” ticket for every bag of trash you turn in. Each registered participant will receive a wristband for admission to the volunteer picnic and an event T-shirt. Come to Winged Deer Park for the free picnic. Picnic starts at 4:00 p.m.; prize drawings start at 5:00 p.m. (You must be present to win.) Bring along your lawn chairs.
Contact: Boone Lake Association at (423) 360-5057 or Johnson City Parks and Recreation at (423) 283-5827       

Athens Earth Day at Friendship Church

Date: April 27
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. CT
Location: Friendship Church at 16479 Lucas Ferry Road in Athens, Ala. (GPS coordinates: 34.797845, -87.001148)
County: Limestone, Alabama
Description: TVA will have an outreach display focusing on TVA Natural Resources and land management activities. TVA will also lead a bird walk from 8:00 to 10:00 am CT at the Marbut Bend Trail (GPS coordinates: 34.911677, -87.106387).
Contact: Damien Simbeck at (256) 386-2534 or