CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The Tennessee River Rescue will be holding a community-wide clean-up of the Tennessee River and its tributaries on Saturday, October 6th between 9 am. to 1 pm.

This project has grown over the last 24 years to include 20 different "zones" that cover locations in Bradley, Hamilton and Marion County. Today, the annual event draws close to a thousand volunteers to waterways all over the Tennessee Valley.

"People want a clean, safe place to take their families and enjoy nature. We don't just pick up trash out of the river, we try to educate the next generation so that hopefully someday we won't have nearly as much trash to pick up," said Christine Bock, Tennessee River Rescue organizer.

The one-day event is open for anyone to participate. Volunteers will be provided with working gloves and trash bags for the clean up.  Participants will also receive an official Tennessee River Rescue T-Shirt on a first-come, first-serve basis.

It is recommended that volunteers wear old clothes and tennis shoes that they do not mind getting dirty.  Cleanup will be along the shores of the river and chances are pretty good that participants will get a little wet and dirty.

Boats are also needed to help with the cleanup at Suck Creek boat ramp, Hales bar marina, Shellmound campground, Booker T. Washington State Park, Harrison Bay State Park.

There is no need to register in advance, but a phone call or email will help event coordinators be more prepared.

For more information on the zone nearest you and how you can become involved in the Tennessee River Rescue, please call the River-Rescue Hotline Recording at 785-4177 or visit