Keep Bristol Beautiful
Mark your Calendar!
The South Holston Lake and River Cleanup
is set for Saturday, August 8
8 a.m. registration, noon celebration at Observation Knob.
Looking for something fun and worthwhile to do this summer?
Bring the kids and enjoy a fun day at the lake and support our effort to improve the quality of life in our community through participation in the Annual South Holston Lake & River Cleanup.
Registration begins at 8 am at any of the following Zones:
Observation Knob (lake cleanup headquarters) • Weir Dam (river cleanup headquarters)
Highway 421 Ramp, Little Oak Ramp, Washington County Park Ramp, and Bluff City Boardwalk.
Cleanup Celebration Party • 12-3 p.m. at the Observation Knob Pavilion
Collect 3 + bags of litter for a free t-shirt and admission to the celebration
Free t-shirts, great food, door prizes, and live music.
The Annual South Holston Lake & River Cleanup has approximately 500 volunteers that remove more than 20 tons of litter from our beautiful lake and river in each year.
South Holston Lake is located along the border of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The lake covers 7,580 acres with 168 miles of shoreline. The Cherokee National Forest borders much of the lake along with The U.S Forest Service Campgrounds, Girl Scouts Campgrounds, private campgrounds and Sullivan County Campgrounds. South Holston Lake provides drinking water to 73,000 people and recreation such as boating, fishing and swimming for an average of 4,000,000 people each year.
Keep Bristol Beautiful has coordinated the annual South Holston Lake & River Cleanup for 22 years. More than 18,400 community volunteers have participated in the cleanup and more than 650 tons of litter have been removed from the lake, river and surrounding area. Our ultimate goal is to not have to do this cleanup every year because people stop littering. To reach that goal we strive to educate the public on the effects of littering by showing them what actually comes out of the lake and river they play in and get their water from.
This cleanup works to improve the quality of life in our community and bring together the community and lake and river users. This is our largest cleanup, and one of the largest cleanups in the Southeast. This cleanup makes the lake and river more beautiful, but more importantly, safer for the residents, community and tourists that use them. With the number of people enjoying the lake and river, the impact is huge to the region.
Special thanks to our Sponsors: Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Bristol Compressors Inc., Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services, BVU Authority, City of Bristol TN, City of Bristol VA, Eastman Credit Union, Ecological Energy Systems, Food City, Jacobs Creek Job Corps, Laurel Marina, Painter Creek Marina, Republic Services, Sexton’s Marine Service, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, The Robinette Company, Trout Unlimited, Waste Industries USA, Waste Management
Thanks also goes to our contributors:
Bella's Pizza, Abingdon
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Bone Fire Smokehouse, Abingdon
Bristol Motor Speedway
Cook Out, Bristol
Eastman Credit Union
Five Guys, Bristol
Golden Corral, Bristol
Harbor House, Abingdon
JJ's Restaurant & Sports Bar
Long John Silver's, Abingdon
Olive Garden, Bristol
O'Reilly Auto Parts, Abingdon
Pizza Inn, Abingdon
Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe, Abingdon
Quaker Steak & Lube, Bristol
Rhythm & Roots
Steph & Andy's Pizza Plus
Stir Fry Restaurant Group
Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop
Keep Bristol Beautiful
Keep Bristol Beautiful (KBB) was developed by the Chamber to meet the environmental needs of the Bristol community and to promote “green” initiatives and sustainability within the region. KBB is certified by Keep America Beautiful, Keep Tennessee Beautiful and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. KBB’s mission is to enhance the beauty and quality of life in the Bristol community through beautification projects, litter cleanup events and environmental education. KBB activities include South Holston Lake & River Cleanup, Great American Cleanup, Regional Public Lands Day, Conservation Camps for 3rd and 4th graders in Bristol, Sullivan County and Washington County, Northeast Tennessee Environmental Conference, and various other recycling, environmental education and beautification activities. These activities reinforce a sense of pride in Bristol, making it a cleaner, greener, and more beautiful community.
South Holston Lake & River Cleanup
August 8, 8 am to 3 pm: Registration begins at 8 am, celebration party begins at noon, door prizes drawn at 1:30
September 2-4 at Sugar Hollow Park for Bristol, VA and TN students, and Washington County, VA students.
America Recycles Day
Nov. 14, 10 am to 1 pm
Special Thanks to our 2014 Members
Alpha Natural Resources
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Arnold
Arrington, Schelin and Herrell, P.C.
Bristol Herald Courier
Bristol Host Lions Club
Bristol Mall Associates
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Regional Medical Center
Bristol Tennessee Essential Services
Burke, Powers, and Harty
BurWil Construction Company, Inc.
James. P. Callahan
Comfort Systems USA
Dent K. Burk Associates, P.C.
Eddie's Trophies & Gift Shop
Raymond & Margaret Feierabend
First Tennessee Bank
Dr. David W. Fletcher
Food City 821/822/617
Goodpasture Motor Co.
Fred Guthrie, DDSPC
Prentiss & Marjorie Hallenbeck
Highlands Union Bank
Hill & Dale Garden Club
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Jones Animal Hospital
Dr. Fred Knickerbocker
Massengill, Caldwell, P.C.
Jeff McMillin Family Dentistry, P.C.
Mountain Air Compressors, Inc.
Nash & Powers Insurance
John C. Patty
Pratt (Triad Packaging), LLC
Dr. Michael Rowell
Severn Trent Environmental Services
United Southeast Federal Credit Union
Wal-Mart Super Center - Bristol #620
Waste Management of Tri-Cities
Wise Recycling, LLC