TVA joins Boone Lake Association for annual Cleanup

Patrick White, who works on the Boone Dam Project, volunteers with his family each year at the Boone Lake Association Cleanup Day. Patrick is seen here at Rockingham Marina after coming in from a full morning of cleanup.

Volunteers and work crews from the Boone Dam project could be seen in boats and on land last Saturday morning assisting with the annual Boone Lake Association Cleanup Day.

TVA supplied barges and heavy equipment as well as manpower, trash bags and gloves. Some crews hauled large trees down the lake and used heavy equipment to stack them at Pickens Bridge boat ramp while others picked up trash along the shoreline.

“We really appreciate our ongoing partnership with the Boone Lake Association,” said Senior Construction Manager Kevin Holbrook who took the media on a guided boat tour of TVA’s vegetation removal efforts. “It’s a beautiful day and a great way to socially distance while doing something positive for others all around the lake. We have sent volunteers to the Boone Lake cleanup for years but this year is definitely our biggest effort yet.”

“We are particularly glad to do this just before the lake starts to rise this fall,” said TVA’s Principal Project Manager Sam Vinson. “It was especially great to see the effort neighbors all around the lake were putting into cleaning up their own properties. We saw people with chain saws, hauling brush and really getting ready for the lake raise.”

Vinson said the lake will rise approximately seven feet starting in mid-October and then hold until mid-March. He said that TVA will host a Tech Town Hall Oct. 15 to provide more details and an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

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