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Volunteers needed for Normandy Cleanup Day

Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 11:56 am

STAFF WRITER

Elena Cawley

TVA, the Duck River Agency and Keep Coffee County Beautiful are hosting the 2017 Normandy Cleanup Day set for 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteers will meet at Barton Springs Boat Ramp in Normandy, according to Linda Periut, director of finance and administration for the Duck River Agency.

Gloves, bags and grabbers, as well as free T-shirts and beverage holders will be provided for the volunteers, Periut said.

TVA, Duck River Agency and Keep Coffee County Beautiful are hosting the 2017 Normandy Cleanup Day set for 9-11 a.m. on Saturday. Volunteers will meet at Barton Springs Boat Ramp in Normandy. During last event on June 24, more than 50 volunteers participated, cleaning about 3,000 pounds of debris, including several tires.
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Periut encourages locals to participate and said the response for the cleanup events has been great.

“Currently, we are doing two cleanup events per year, one in the summer and one in the fall,” Periut said. “Our last event was June 24, and we had more than 50 volunteers. We cleaned up about 3,000 pounds of debris, including several tires.”

Periut said she appreciates the support because keeping the Duck River and Normandy Reservoir clean and save is important for everyone’s health and safety.

“TVA has hosted cleanup events for many years,” said Mark Morrissey, Watershed Representative of Natural Resource Management with TVA. “TVA has hosted Public Land Day events all across the Tennessee Valley. The Normandy Lake Cleanup Day was established last year through the efforts of concerned public land users who wanted to make a difference on the lands and waters we all recreate on.”

The previous events were very successful, said Morrissey.

“We had over 25 volunteers who removed more than 65 bags of trash and litter from the shoreline and waters of Normandy Reservoir. “This past June, The Duck River Agency, TVA and Keep Coffee County Beautiful also hosted an event on Normandy Reservoir with over 50 Volunteers. This will be the second year at the Barton Springs Boat Ramp, and we hope to keep our momentum going.”

Morrissey stressed on the importance of keeping the area clean.

“Not only does Normandy Reservoir provides flood control and recreational opportunities but it provides clean drinking water to over 250,000 residents in a five-county area,” he said. “Even if you do not enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, or swimming on public lands, we all drink the water. This is an opportunity for people to make a difference in the areas we live, work and play.”

The 2017 Normandy Lake Cleanup Day will be on Saturday, 9-11 a.m.

“We will meet at the Barton Springs Boat Ramp in Normandy,” he said. “TVA will provide all cleanup supplies: bags, gloves, litter grabbers and boat support. We will also have T-shirts for volunteers and a “Best Piece of Trash” prize. TVA is hosting Public Land Day events all across the Tennessee Valley region.”

For more information about the local cleanup event or other areas, visit www.TVA.com/This-Land-Is-Your-Land.

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