By: Lacy Hilliard
The annual Watauga Lake Cleanup (WLC) was held on Saturday, May 30 and volunteers of all ages from Johnson and Carter counties as well as Watauga County in North Carolina came out to lend a hand. Originally founded by Mary Salter in 2009; The 2015 Watauga Lake Cleanup was organized by the men and women of the Watauga Watershed Alliance who hope to continue to broaden the scope of the environmentally beneficial outreach.
WLC volunteers were greeted with ham and sausage biscuits donated by Shirleys restaurant (3266 US-321, Hampton, TN) as well as free WLC reusable water bottles, Stop Litter t-shirts and a chance to win a door prize. The 2015 WLC received an outpouring of support from generous businesses, organizations and individuals from all across the Tri-Cities as well as North Carolina including, Farmers State Bank, Anna Bananas, Blowing Rock Ale House, Big Johns Closeouts, Abingdon Olive Oil Company, Cove Creek Store, Boone Bagelry, Green Mother Goods, Melanies Restaurant, Dannys Tire and Quick Lube, Auto Zone (of Mountain City and Elizabethton), Dry Hill Country Store, Murphys Restaurant, The Local Restaurant, Incredible Toy Store, Food City (Elizabethton), Hilltop Drive Inn, Repurposed Metal Trees and Jewelry, The Happy Place, MPrints, 421 Consignment, Artmart, Trolley Stop, the Tenneessee Valley Authority, Mayor Larry Potter, Mayor Humphrey, Johnson County Litter Control, Kenneth Lowe (JC Transfer Station), R&D Campground, Mary Gayle, Jackolopes Restaurant, Danny Herman, Ed and Polly Gast, Fish Springs Marina, Lakeshore Marina, State Farm Insurance, Johnson County Bank, JC Office of Economic Development, The Elizabethton Twins, Wahoos Adventures, Two Worlds Divers, Watauga Lake Winery, Subas Restaurant, Tributary Restaurant, La Cucina Restaurant, Bare Essentials, Benchmark Provisions, Ross Chrysler, High Country Glass Studio, Stickboy Bakery, Fatz Restaurant, OReilly Auto Parts (Mountain City), Lone Star Restaurant, City Nails, The Shoe Department and Walmart of Boone.
Perhaps one of the most inspiring aspects of the WLC is witnessing local youth take part in the cleanup efforts. Both Rory Springer (14) and Angel Inman (13) were amongst the philanthropically minded youth.
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