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Local Boy Scouts Remove One Ton of Trash from Shorelines at Land Between the Lakes

April 17, 2019 | Staff Report

Two hundred and thirty-eight Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Western Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Illinois removed about one ton, or 2000 pounds, of litter from the shorelines of Land Between the Lakes on Saturday, April 13. Scouts from the Four Rivers District of the Boy Scouts of America performed this service project as part of their annual Conservation Day at Land Between the Lakes, which also included two nights of camping and outdoor skills activities.

The scouts worked with their troop leaders, as well as with leaders from the Friends of Land Between the Lakes and the USDA Forest Service, to focus their cleanup on four locations that had been impacted by flooding debris: Nickell Branch, Moss Creek, Demumbers Bay and Pisgah Point. When the lakes flooded earlier this winter, the high water deposited not only natural debris, such as driftwood, but also hundreds of pounds of bottles, cans and other types of litter. This and other volunteer shoreline cleanups at Land Between the Lakes are made possible with the support of TVA's Reservoir and Community Cleanups program.

Anita Spaulding, Volunteer Coordinator with the Friends of Land Between the Lakes, said, “We are so appreciative of the scouts for their great work removing so much litter from the environment. By cleaning up our shorelines here at Land Between the Lakes, the scouts helped keep 2000 pounds of garbage from ending up back in our waterways, as well as removed an ugly eyesore here in our campgrounds and hiking areas.”

This was the sixth year that the Four Rivers District of the Boy Scouts have been doing this Conservation Day at Land Between the Lakes. The Friends of Land Between the Lakes thanks the District, as well as their program leader, John Baker of Paducah, for all of their efforts to involve the scouts in conservation and outdoor recreation here at Land Between the Lakes.

For more information about the Four Rivers District of the Boy Scouts of America or how to get your child involved, visit their website at https://lhcbsa.org/council/four-rivers/.

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