Cleanup on the Little Pigeon River

Four miles of the Little Pigeon River were spruced up on Friday as Keep Sevier Beautiful organized a cleanup.

Volunteers work to pull trash out of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Four miles of the Little Pigeon River were spruced up on Friday as Keep Sevier Beautiful organized a cleanup.

Wilderness at the Smokies teamed up with Keep Sevier Beautiful and Smoky Mountain Outdoors for a back-to-school/end-of-summer cleanup of the Little Pigeon River and its banks along Old Knoxville Highway in Sevierville.

"We work on the river and appreciate having it clean. It's not fun taking people down the river and having them see trash everywhere," said Kendal Young from Smoky Mountain Outdoors.

"Recently there was a flood so it just brought all of the trash just along -- and this isn't even all of it," Kendal said.

“We hope to make this an annual cleanup and expand it to include other river and river bank areas in Sevier County that haven’t yet been reached,” said Laura Howard, Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful. "Unfortunately we didn't think we'd find that much so we didn't bring enough boats. So we didn't get everything."

Howard says they hope to make the clean up a monthly event.

The stretch of the Little Pigeon River involved in the August 1 cleanup just came off the Impaired Stream list with the TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation), so these organizations say they want to do their part to keep this area of the Great Smoky Mountains looking great.

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