By Dac Collins
In its first Tennessee River Tour this spring, Living Lands & Water will travel the length of the river in a colossal vessel made of four garbage barges and a floating classroom. The nonprofit organization based in Illinois will stop at six cities along the way to host educational workshops and river cleanups.
Since 1998, Living Lands & Water has hosted hundreds of cleanups in waterways across the country. With the help of volunteers, the organization has removed more than 8 million pounds of debris from U.S. rivers.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is contributing $150,000 to fund the tour, which will stop in Knoxville, Tenn. from April 8-15; in Chattanooga, Tenn. from April 20-26; in Decatur, Ala. from April 30-May 6; in Muscle Shoals, Ala. from May 9-12; in Paris, Tenn. from May 17-19; in Paducah, Ky. from May 28-June 4.
For more information, visit: livinglandsandwaters.org/tennessee-river-tour.