Volunteers needed for March 28 Powell River cleanup in Appalachia, VA.

Volunteers are needed for a regional stream cleanup on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Powell River Trailhead in the town of Appalachia. This event aims to remove as much litter as possible not only to help beautify the area, but also to help promote a Rails to Trails project being coordinated by the town.

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is asking local paddling groups to assist with the cleanup so that litter can be removed from the water. Other volunteers will pick up litter along the river banks. The cleanup will encompass about three miles of the river.

This regional cleanup event is a part of a nation-wide event called the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and locally organized by Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, the largest regional KAB affiliate. The cleanup also is part of the Regional Stream Cleanup sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority and organized by Upper Tennessee River Roundtable.

GLAD® trash bags and Niagara® water will be provided by the Great American Cleanup. TVA is providing bags, gloves and litter grabbers. Keep Wise County Beautiful will provide lunch.

To volunteer, contact Upper Tennessee River Roundtable at (276) 628-1600 or utrr_vista@yahoo.com.