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Clinch River Comprehensive Clean Up and Assessment in Russell County, VA

StreamSweepers is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Russell County Board of Supervisors, the Town of St. Paul and many local businesses and organizations to restore the Clinch River to a more pristine state. Many Partners are involved in this multi-year effort to assess and clean up ~60 miles of river flowing through Russell County, VA.

It is anticipated that the cleanup will occur with assistance from the Russell County Community Work Program and the Appalachian Detention Center.

We are grateful to the groups who have made this possible including: The Upper Tennessee River Roundtable , Keep SW VA Beautiful, Dominion Energy, TVA, the Nature Conservancy, VDGIF,  and the Clinch River Valley Initiative.

Any other parties wishing to contribute either staff, funds or equipment should contact Maddie Gordon, Clinch River Project Manager.

Working to Restore the Clinch A Mile at a Time


Example of unsightly trash in the Clinch

Clinch Trash Locations


2018 Clinch River Update
As we near completion of the assessment and trash inventory phase of the project we are astonished at the amount of trash in the Clinch River near the Swords Creek area.  According to Project Manager, Maddie Gordon, “there are thousands of tires and other trash in less than a 6 mile stretch.”

The Clinch River cleanup will be much different than any previous clean up effort StreamSweepers has completed.  We will need additional partners and new protocols to move this project into an industrial scale cleanup.  While we know this will require a tremendous amount of effort we believe it is both possible and necessary!  The photos speak for themselves.  At completion of the inventory, the updated totals as of August 30, 2018  bring the tire count to more than 4000 tires.

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