Ijams River Rescue

Let’s clean it up! Grab your friends, family members or a group and get ready for some good, “clean” fun at the 29th annual Ijams River Rescue presented by TVA and Dow Chemical Company on Saturday, April 7, 2018,  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This popular, communitywide event focuses on up to 50 different cleanup sites along the Tennessee River and its tributaries. Each year, between 600-800 volunteers spend several hours removing tons of trash from these areas. Volunteers may come as individuals or in a group, such as families, friends, corporate teams, scout troops or church groups. Bags and gloves are provided, and each location has a site captain to assist volunteers.

In 2017, almost 700 volunteers cleaned up over 35 sites along the Tennessee River and associated waterways. Over 11.5 tons of trash were removed from the water, including tires, plastic bags, shopping carts, electronics, and a variety of scrap metal! That’s more than 23,000 pounds of garbage that will no longer harm local wildlife or degrade the community’s water supply.

This year, we’ll have more sites and we need your help to make this the best Ijams River Rescue yet! You’ll help keep Knoxville’s waterways beautiful, clean and a great place to play! (And who knows what you’ll find?)

As thanks for making cleaning up our waterways and making this community a better place, all volunteers will get a great t-shirt featuring a wonderful illustration by Ijams naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales:

How Do I Volunteer?

Thank you for your interest in the Ijams River Rescue presented by TVA and Dow. All of our volunteer spaces for 2018 are now filled. 

If you are already registered to volunteer, please print and sign our Ijams River Rescue waiver to participate. Please remember that all children under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Scout leaders, teachers and/or other chaperones CANNOT sign for children under 18.  

If you participated in River Rescue 2018, click here for your participation certificate.

Thanks for your help!

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors:

Blue Heron
Dow Chemical Company

River Otter
City of Knoxville Stormwater Management
First Tennessee Foundation
Knoxville Open Water Swimmers (TNAQ)

Grayson Subaru
Keurig Green Mountain
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

American Rivers
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
Thompson Engineering
Wood Realtors

With support from:
Water Quality Forum

For more information about sponsorships, please contact Cindy Hassil at 865-5774717, ext 117 or chassil@ijams.org.