Cove Lake Go Green
Cove Lake State Park has completed the Gold Recognition Level of the TN State Parks Go Green With Us Initiative and Guidelines. The guidelines include multiple areas of environmental sustainability including education and outreach, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste and recycling and much more. Congrats to this park for going above and beyond to be excellent stewards of our natural resources.
The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.
- Cove Lake State Park installed a number of stormwater drains in the campground to help minimize erosion caused by heavy rain.
- They also have installed more energy efficient gas water heaters and HVAC systems in most of the ranger residences and track park-wide energy use.
- The park is part of the TVA’s Green Power Switch.
- They further work to decrease pollution and improve the environment by doing some of their park patrolling on bicycles instead of in trucks.
- Park staff and the Friends of Cove Lake State Park host regularly scheduled litter pickup events.