On Saturday, April 4, more than 70 volunteers joined the Fort Loudoun Lake Association members and scoured the lake’s shoreline, picking up trash and other debris.
The volunteers combed the banks along Poland Creek, Georges Creek, Lackey Creek, Singleton Station, International Harbor and the Alcoa Highway access area.
The event, named Lets Clean Up Louisville, resulted in the volunteers removing 142 bags of trash and 48 large items. Some of those large items hauled out from the Fort Loudoun watershed area included lounge chairs, gas tanks, tires and car seats.
The workers gathered in the morning for some instructions and to pick up tools, then headed out in old clothes and work gloves to dig through the debris along the lake. Just after noon, organizers were rewarded with a lunch provided by the Dockside Grill before gathering for a group photograph.
Clean-up projects like this one are just one component of the work of the FLLA, a conservation group dedicated to improving the health and quality of the watershed and lake system. The FLLA manages the area between Forks of the River and the Fort Loudoun Dam, which is divided into 8 zones, each managed daily by an overseer to reduce trash and boating hazards.
Also involved in Lets Clean Up Louisville were the Town of Louisville, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Louisville Landing Marina, Louisville Point Park, Blount County Highway Department, Keep Blount Beautiful, and of course the many volunteers from Blount County communities.
Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Fort Loudoun Lake Association, either as a member or a volunteer, is asked to contact the FLLA at 865-523-3800 or info@FLLake.org.