tNothing rivals the sights and smells inside a lakeside marina in the summer. Laughing children with suntanned skin. Potato chips in sodden fingers. Coolers being filled with sodas and ice; life vests everywhere. The coconut-lime tang of tropical sunscreen mixed with hot dogs roasting on a grill. Families fishing off the dock.
And then there’s the sweet anticipation of being out on the lake—or happy satisfaction of being boated out and just back on land.
In short, it’s a little slice of paradise. What could make it better?
Only one thing: Sound environmental practices that keep the lake a lovely haven away from the hectic pace of life in the city. That’s why TVA founded the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina Program to help marina owners and operators protect water quality. The program addresses issues such as oil and gas control, sewage management, marina siting and erosion prevention.
So when you see the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina flag flying, you know your marina is truly clean and green. “It’s a statement that says the marina cares about its customers—not only about their enjoyment today,”says Melinda Watson, watershed representative and program manager of the Tennessee Valley Clean Marina initiative, “but also about preserving the beauty and natural diversity of the Valley for generations to come.”
Is your marina on the list (below, listed by lake)? If yes, thank them for their service to the region. If not, you can connect them with more information by clicking here.
It’s always a good time for fun on the Tennessee Valley’s lands and waters. Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Check out some of the best recreational activities on our reservoirs. While you’re enjoying the lakes, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds, share your own stories and photos on Instagram using #TVAfun.
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Thanks to TVA's commitment to rewarding environmental excellence in recreation, you can camp clean, too. TVA’s Tennessee Valley Camp-Right Campgrounds program recognizes those campgrounds on TVA land that are committed to environmentally responsible practices, and that share our passion for protecting the environment. Find a certified campground near you.