Normandy cleanup

Coffee County Youth Bass Club, TWRA and Tennessee Bass Nation volunteers transfer collected trash from a the local fish hatchery boat to transfer to a waiting dumpster. All together well over 160 people participated in the event on Thursday, March 7. Every bit of trash was collected on a two-mile stretch of bank starting at mile marker one by the dam.

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What started as a small cleanup effort at Normandy Reservoir quickly grew much beyond the scope of what its organizers had imagined.

The event, staged Thursday, March 7 at the Normandy Dam boat ramp, hosted by Tennessee Bass Nation and local anglers eventually caught the eye of a group of 160 Michigan State University students on spring break.   

 “When all this first started s few days ago, we all kind of thought the magnitude of the event was exaggerated a little bit, but to our surprise, it was not,” said Phillip Petty, Coffee County Youth Bass Club.

“We have been involved in several lake cleanups and conservation projects here lately, which has been shared on our social media pages. Eventually some folks from Michigan State University seen the work we had been doing and decided they wanted to make a stop on their Pay It Forward tour as part of their week long spring break trip.”

On Thursday, Along with the 160 students several local groups joined the effort including, Tennessee Bass Nation members Gary Lahr, Coffee County Coach Petty, TBN south central region director and BASS national conservation director Jake Davis. 

Three Coffee County anglers attending were Adam Petty, Jayden Yates and Sawyer Banks with David Jordan from Tims Ford Council and the entire Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Region Two fisheries crew with their two barges and three net boats.

Coffee County Solid waste provided the dumpster.

This is the third cleanup the team has participated in at Normandy.