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Clinch River Cleanup

This year StreamSweepers will begin cleanup of the Clinch River in Russell and Scott Counties in Virginia Spring of 2019. This is the largest river remediation project ever attempted on the East Coast of the U.S. Working in concert with federal, state, and local agencies and organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, the effort will take at least 4 years and has been designed to eliminate or minimize impact on in-stream biology. This is important because the Clinch is thought to be the most biologically diverse river in North America.

Phase I of the effort will last 3 years and will comprehensively remove large and small junk from the river using methods developed by StreamSweepers in the Rappahannock Rivers Basin Cleanup Campaign (2012-2018).

This is the official site for information about the effort and will be updated on a regular basis as the project progresses.

Thanks to the following agencies and organizations for their time, talent, and many varieties of support.

Russell County, Virginia

The Town of St. Paul, Virginia

The Nature Conservancy

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Appalachian Detention Center

Dominion Energy

Appalachian Electric Power

Tennessee Valley Authority

Clinch River Valley Initiative

Upper Tennessee Roundtable

Mountain Heritage

Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful

Clinch River Valley Initiative

Friends of Southwest Virginia

and the many landowners of the Clinch River Valley  

Clinch River Trash
1000s of tires and appliances in the river
The Clinch River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the mid-Atlantic region

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