TRI-CITIES, Tenn. (WJHL) — The 21st annual Boone Lake clean up looks a little different amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Boone Lake Association along with community members gathered Saturday morning at one of the three collection sights to pick up any garbage in the surrounding area, and social distancing guidelines were in effect.
The three collection sites included Boone Lake Marina, Lakeview Marina, and Jay’s Dock from Pickens Bridge Ramp.
The usual post-pickup picnic was canceled to abide by guidelines, but the Cash for Trash prize drawings will continue on Facebook live, where the prizes will be mailed to winners.
News Channel 11’s Bianca Marais spoke with the principal project manager for Boone Dam Repair Project, Sam Vinson, who said despite the new regulations for the pick-up, volunteers still flooded in to lend their helping hands.
“Today is Boone Lake Association’s cleanup day, they do this annually,” Vinson said. “It was deferred this year because of COVID, but we were happy to be able to partner with them, and come out and actually help provide some equipment – you can see some boats behind us – but also a lot of volunteers.”