South Holston and Watauga River cleanup event planned for Saturday

Published 2:53 pm Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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On Saturday, March 11, the Overmountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited and local fishing guide leaders will host the Bill Beazell and Allen Robbins Memorial Tailwater Roundup. This event provides an opportunity for those who love the South Holston and Watauga rivers to join forces and make a difference. Past years have been great successes, but if you look around our rivers, the need is greater than ever this year. With members from conservation groups, the fishing community, paddling enthusiasts, and the fly-fishing industry showing up to take part, we can get the job done. Event organizers are looking forward to a bigger and better event and cleaner rivers this year.
This event is made possible by the generous contributions from the TVA, Holston Distributing, flyfishing companies, and many local businesses.
Volunteers who would like to help clean the Watauga and South Holston rivers can meet at the Bluff City Boat Ramp or Ingles in Elizabethton at 8 a.m. to register. All participants will receive a garbage grabber and T-shirt. These items were made possible because of a grant from TVA.
Once registered, you will be assigned an area to clean up. Participants can walk the banks, wade the river, or bring their own watercraft to float and clean. The Tennessee Valley Authority and AFTCO will provide trash bags and gloves. Resources will be provided to collect the bagged trash and take it to conveniently located dumpsters. Cleaning will wrap up around 2 p.m.
Following the cleanup, a celebration for participants will be held at the Watauga River Lodge (643 Smalling Road, Watauga, TN 37694) starting at 4 p.m. All participants will receive a free meal and be entered to win prizes in our participation drawing. This year’s meal will be catered by Big Dan’s BBQ in Elizabethton.
More details can be found on the web at or on Facebook @overmountaintu.
Mark your calendar and come out to make a difference for conservation in your community!

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