Article by Kathleen Gibi, Executive Director, Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful
The 652-mile Tennessee River has long defined our communities. It serves as a vital source of drinking water and electricity for many Tennesseans and generates much of our local economy through transportation of goods and tourism opportunities.
After traveling through the seven-state Tennessee River watershed in our 26-foot work boat for the last three years, I’ve found myself increasingly in awe of the diverse wildlife and scenery in our region. We’ve hosted 80 cleanups since I joined in 2019, and there has yet to be a location that I didn’t stop to admire its beauty.