A month ago a series of fierce storms saturated our region. TVA’s watershed worked, Roosevelt would be proud... no major flooding reported and the electricity generated lowered our utility bills. What the new deal didn’t account for was 100 years of capitalism and a lack of concern for our planet.
After the rain had subsided and the river had steadied, thousands of pounds of debris were uncovered and now lay in piles along the 500-plus miles of East Tennessee's Douglas Lake shoreline where it has remained for the past month. Trash, plastic bottles, beer cans and drug paraphernalia now lay out in the open... the EPA’s worst nightmare.
Why aren't we cleaning it up?
When Should We Act?
The time to act is now. Spring is almost here and Memorial Day is only a few days away. Fishing tournaments will soon begin and boating/swimming season soon after. Spring time is supposed to be Tennessee at it’s best. Don’t let the waters rise and consume the garbage that is unsafe for our environment, our economy, our lake and ourselves.
Originally I thought we could get funding from the EPA, the TVA and the TWRA to assist with the cleanup effort, but while these agencies mean well this process is riddled with bottlenecks and takes far too long. Douglas Lake is rising right now and we cannot afford to wait.
As a result, Everything Changes, a non profit grassroots-born effort to spearhead the restoration of our beloved Douglas Lake, was formed.
What we need:
We cannot do it alone and even a moment of your time can make a huge difference. Join your neighbors and other volunteers from around the Jefferson City/Dandridge areas and help us make our lakes and shorelines the best they can be.
We need whatever you can give: time, money, supplies, food and help spreading the word out. We are grateful for any support you are able to offer towards our campaign of making Douglas Lake blue again. Contact Jared Waite at 423-748-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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