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TDOT Commissioner to Participate in Cleanup on Lake McKellar in Shelby County

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 05:45am
MEMPHIS, TENN– Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer will participate in a cleanup event this Thursday at Lake McKellar in Shelby County. The event is being sponsored by Living Lands and Waters, a non-profit organization that sponsors similar events at waterways across the nation.
 
Commissioner Schroer will also present Living Lands and Waters with a $20,000 grant to aid the group in its 3-year cleanup efforts on Lake McKellar. The grant was made possible through TDOT’s Highway Beautification Office, which provides funds to help remove litter across Tennessee and educate the public on the importance of litter prevention.
 
Commissioner John Schroer and several TDOT employees will join the Living Lands and Waters team, Thursday, March 15 at 10:00 a.m. to assist in the cleanup of Lake McKellar. TDOT hopes to raise awareness about litter and its impacts on the environment. Much of the trash in lakes and rivers comes from people in the area littering, including trash that is thrown from vehicles onto highways located near water.   
 
Adopt-A-Highway is a program where groups and individuals can take an active role in preserving and protecting our state’s natural beauty along Tennessee’s roadsides. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/environment/beautification/adopt-a-highway.htm
 
Media covering Thursday’s event should be at the Riverside Park Marina at 1875 McKellar Lake Drive, Memphis, TN by 9:30 a.m. Members of the media and participants will be shuttled by boat to the event location. 
 
For more information on the Living Lands and Waters organization, visit their website: http://www.livinglandsandwaters.org/
 
 
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For more information:
Nichole Lawrence
TDOT Region 4 Community Relations Officer
Office 731.935.0318
Mobile 731.225.6041
 

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