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The goal of the 1st annual Tennessee River Ripple Effect Awards presented by Yamaha RightWaters ™ is to recognize the many individuals, groups, companies and organizations that work hard to improve and protect the Tennessee River and its tributaries.

This work often goes unsung, and we want to help celebrate the good stewards of our ‘singing river!’ (If you’re not familiar with this reference, visit The Shoals, Alabama). It’s our hope that sharing these success stories will motivate more Tennessee River Valley community members to take action for the Tennessee River, creating a ripple effect through our river communities!


The Tennessee River Ripple Effect Awards will be presented at breakfast ceremonies in three states as we celebrate ‘Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Month’ in October. The ceremonies will take place in coordination with river cleanups on the following dates:

Tennessee Awards

Sunday, September 29 @ 9:30 a.m.
Lakeside Tavern

10911 Concord Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922

Alabama/Mississippi Awards
Friday, October 4 @ 8:30 a.m.
Guntersville State Park Lodge

1155 Lodge Drive, Guntersville, AL 35976

Kentucky Awards

Saturday, October 19, @ 8:30 a.m.
Kenlake State Park Bayview Building
Kenlake Resort Park, Benton, KY 42025


Except for the Beacon Award category, all work must have been completed in the 2018 fiscal year (between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019). Please click one of the categories below to submit your application on line.

2019 Tennessee River Ripple Effect Award Categories:
Adopt a River Mile
Standout Youth
Government Department
Keep America Beautiful Affiliate
Elected Official
Beacon Award