Boone Lake Association

Cleaning Boone Lake Since 1983



BOONE LAKE ASSOCIATION

 

The Boone Lake Association (BLA) is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization created over 30 years ago out of a critical need to clean up Boone Lake.  The lake had become a dumping ground for raw sewage, animal waste due to the runoff from over 630 tributaries that empty into the lake, natural waste as trees and branches forming slicks, and human trash.  BLA has grown to over 600 members in 2014 consisting of lake property owners, environmentalists, concerned citizens, and altruistic businesses such as yours.  The Association’s annual income is approximately $75,000 that is used principally to employ three full-time employees who work year round to keep our lake clean and trash free.  Boone Lake Association is the only organization that cleans Boone Lake.  The committed individuals who comprise our Board of Directors are all volunteers and receive no compensation for their participation in the Association.

 

Boone Lake is one of TVA’s most heavily used lake and is Northeast Tennessee’s largest recreational site enjoyed by tens of thousands annually.  Located in the middle of the densely populated Tri-Cities area consisting of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City, the lake is susceptible to large amounts of trash from residences, businesses, municipalities, and agriculture. This problem is highlighted by the amount of trash the community collects when BLA holds its Annual Clean-Up Day.  Our last event took place on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  We had over 400 participants at this our 16th annual clean-up.  During this one day event, participants removed 24 tons of trash and 450 tires.  BLA always caps off each Clean-Up Day with a free picnic and cash prizes at Winged Deer Park, Johnson City.

 

The drawdown of Boone Lake in October 2014 was tragic news for the Boone Lake community.  The news became worse when TVA announced that dam repairs would take 5 – 7 years.  While the lake still supports community recreation, the drawdown was disastrous news to the numerous businesses that line the shoreline and to property values on the lake.  Many of our members wrongfully concluded that daily clean-up was not necessary.  Litter Does Not Take a Holiday.

 

We are now asking more businesses to join us in insuring that this spectacular natural resource is cleaned, monitored, and protected for our community and for those who are drawn to it for recreation.  To sustain our efforts, we are offering a new “Corporate Membership” so responsible businesses can join us in keeping the water clean and pure.  With additional support, BLA can expand our water sampling program to include heavy metals testing to the testing we now do for e-Coli and other contaminates; BLA can upgrade our trash collection with the purchase of a skimmer allowing our crew to clean lake areas more efficiently and more frequently; BLA can also increase boating safety monitoring by identifying and removing obstacles to boaters, skiers, and jet skiers.  We are offering four levels of support:

 

               $250     Silver Membership                              $1,000 Platinum Membership

               $500     Gold Membership                               $2,000 + Elite Corporate Membership

 

We ask you to review the materials we’ve included in this packet and join the other community responsible businesses listed below in supporting us to insure Boone Lake remains safe, clean, and pure.

 

     Advanced Disposal Services             Bristol Motor Speedway               Boone Lake Marina                                  

     Bristol TN Essential Services            City of Johnson City                     Cumulus Tri-Cities                       

     Food City                                           Holston Distributors                      Independent Sports Catering       

     Jay’s Dock                                         Johnson City Power Board           Lakeview Marina

     Mullican Flooring                               Mountain States Health Alliance   Republic Services                         

     Rockingham Marina                          Severn Trent Services                  TVA

     TWRA

Please contact the following BLA members for more detailed information:

                    Ron Siegfried     423-538-0280                             Zenda Nichols      423-484-5225
                    Larry Larson       433-575-2291                             Frank Young        540-336-8249