TDOT Employees Volunteer in Earth Day Cleanup

Thirty volunteers to participate in Chickamauga Lake cleanup as part of Nobody Trashes Tennessee Earth Day awareness events
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 02:35pm

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – In observance of Earth Day, the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Region 2 employees are participating in a cleanup of the shorelines of Chickamauga Lake along the Tennessee River.

The event is part of a partnership with TDOT’s Nobody Trashes Tennessee public education campaign and Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful. Thirty volunteers will travel on a 26-foot workboat to clean up shorelines and coves.

Besides the beautification of the lake and its shores – and ultimately, the Tennessee River – the event aims to help raise awareness of Tennessee’s litter problem. "There is a strong correlation between roadside litter and water quality. What starts as litter on land, can make its way into our waterways,” said Denise Baker, TDOT Transportation Program supervisor. “TDOT volunteers join thousands of others that are committed to keeping our state clean, safe, and beautiful by participating in cleanup events throughout the spring season.”

Throughout the spring, Nobody Trashes Tennessee is partnering with organizations across the state on cleanup events. Learn more about the state’s litter reduction and education efforts and how to join the movement to end littering at Two ways to get involved include the Adopt-A-Highway Program and reporting littering incidents through the Tennessee Litter Hotline (1-877-8LITTER). Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and follow on TikTok.


Thursday, April 21, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST


Chickamauga Lake along the Tennessee River

Booker T. Washington SP Boat Ramp

5801 Champion Rd, Chattanooga, TN


9:00 a.m. EST

  • Denise Baker, Transportation Program Supervisor, Environmental Division, Highway Beautification Office, TDOT
  • Media also invited to ride in boat during cleanup


  • Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee
  • TDOT Region 2 employees
  • Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful


  • Denise Baker, TDOT                                                              629.201.1042
  • Amy Gray, Gray Public Relations                                         615.497.1799

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